BIM 360 Docs: A Construction App for iPhone and iPad
By: Adam Higgins
Construction Project Management App for iPhone and iPad
Although the engineering and construction industry is built on bringing new projects and innovations to life, it’s also been one of the most resistant to forsake traditional methods of relying upon paper blueprints in favor of technology. According to the 2015 Construction Technology Report, over 25% of respondents cite “employee hesitance” as one of the chief barriers to adopting new technology. An additional 33.5% replied that “lack of staff to support the technology” and educate professionals as to how to use these new tech tools has been a hurdle, as well.
In order for construction professionals to adopt technology, it has to be intuitive. Rather than manually marking up blueprints and passing them along through the proper channels for verification, technology streamlines the workflow of projects, allowing for instant dissemination of information, which greatly benefits the project. However, in order for it to do so, it has to be easy to deploy. This is where construction project management apps come into play, with a focus on ease-of-use and implementation across project teams.
The Impact of Apple’s Construction Apps for iPhone and iPad
Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as well as the variety of mobile apps available to download from the App Store, have made a profound impact on a number of industries, including construction. Apple’s ease-of-use and intuitive interface may not lend itself greatly to customization, but it’s easy to adopt and encourages uniformity. To construction professionals who may have previously had a hard time giving up the pencil and paper in favor of a hand-held device, this is a huge boon.
As far as devices go, Apple designed products such as the iPad and iPhone to make them easy to use. A “Tips” option is built into the iPhone to offer new users shortcuts and other helpful hints. Additionally, Apple extends free lessons to buyers who can go any of their stores to gain a better understanding of their purchase.
Apple’s ease of use among their devices has made them one of the most widely-adopted pieces of technology. The company sold 48 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2015, which was a significant increase from 39 million sold during this time in 2014, according to TechCrunch.
It’s also an overwhelming favorite among those in the construction industry. The 3rd Annual Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge revealed that…click here to continue reading.