Software programs and apps used in construction management
Laura Dugan ’03
Construction management is impacted by new technology in many ways, changing not only how buildings are built but also how building projects are managed. Construction managers have a wide variety of software and app options available to them for handling tasks from project management to estimating to design.
The following software programs and apps are a sample of those used in construction management.
Procore and AutoDesk BIM 360
Procore offers products for project management, quality and safety, construction financials, and field productivity. Procore’s cloud-based system allows for people, applications, and devices to seamlessly connect, leading to reduced risk, standardized processes, and improved decision making.
BIM 360 uses a single platform to support construction management through document management, project coordination, safety management, quality management, and design collaboration. Also using a cloud-based system, there are over 70 software integrations that connect to BIMS 360.
On Screen Take-off
On Screen Take-off is construction estimating software that provides a fast and easy way for providing calculations by integrating auto-counts, intelligent paste logic, and style sheets and templates. The software allows users to compare revisions through color coding, customize and save objects that are frequently used, and easily insert graphics into Requests for Information.
AutoDesk Navis Works
Navis Works is 3D review software for architecture, engineering, and construction. The software enables design and construction data to be combined into a single model, may resolve potential problems before construction begins, and can connect to schedules from other applications. The software includes both 4D and 5D simulation, which can be used to control the schedule and cost, and the ability to capture lines, areas, and counts from 2D or 3D models.
Bluebeam’s Revu® software program can be used for anything from design review to takeoffs to project handover. Revu allows users to create, mark up, collaborate on, and organize PDFs for design and construction workflows. The software allows for the same files to be updated at the same time by multiple users and tracks changes through annotations and reports.
Plan Grid is mobile construction productivity software specifically created for use on devices like iPads and smartphones. Blueprints accessed from the software can be marked up with notes, photos, issues, or hyperlinks. Updates automatically sync to all team members with overlays available to show differences and built-in version control.
This sample list of construction management software and apps show how technology is making the industry more efficient and streamlined.
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