If you’re looking for an app to improve efficiency and coordination with your employees and construction project team members, there are several useful options to choose from. All apps have things they do well and things they don’t do well. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to tech.
We’ve put together a list of construction management apps to help you make the best decision for your company. As selected by The Balance Small Business website, here they are:
Best overall app
Fieldwire is a complete software solution for contractors and designers for projects of all sizes. It helps improve site communication, coordination, and productivity, and offers real-time updates to task assignments, progress monitoring, and reporting. It also includes plan viewing, scheduling, and punch list management.
It is available as a monthly subscription and was rated highly because of its robust features, company reputation, and strong BBB rating.
Best for contractors
Joist offers smaller contractors and project teams the ability to create on-the-job estimates, custom contracts, invoices, and manage job photos. Customers can digitally sign documents via the app, speeding up paperwork processing.
It is available as a monthly subscription and was rated best for contractors because it was made by contractors, understands the industry, and provides many helpful features.
Best for large projects and teams
Procore is a full-scale construction project management system that is used by contractors worldwide to manage some of the largest projects in the world. It offers tools to help teams manage bidding, project management, documentation, quality, and safety. It has quickly risen as one of the most popular software systems used in the industry.
Pricing is based on annual volume of work run through the platform, and it’s highly rated due to its record of helping teams manage large projects.
Best for reporting
GoCanvas focuses on reducing paperwork and improving digital reporting for project teams. It is used in other industries besides construction, helping businesses eliminate paperwork and speed up data collection. Forms and templates created in the app are easily distributed to team members for data collection, then the software creates robust reports based on the information collected.
The app is sold as a monthly subscription and was rated highly because of its focus on digital data gathering and reporting.
Apps for managing bids
PlanHub is a bidding hub for general contractors and subcontractors. It allows GCs to post and advertise projects to bid, and subs to find projects bidding in their area. Its powerful search tools let contractors find just the type of project they’re looking for. The platform includes take-off tools to help subs improve the accuracy of their estimates and speed up the bidding process.
PlanHub is free for GCs to post projects to bid, and subs pay a quarterly or yearly subscription fee, depending on the radius of their service area.