From project management, to time tracking, construction companies are more frequently using apps to collect and share data in the field. However, implementing apps can be challenging. One of the first steps for many firms is developing a strategy for apps at the jobsite.

Exclusively in the Sept/Oct Constructech print edition and app, Rob McKinney, safety director, J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., www.jmwilkerson.com, Marietta, Ga., addresses key points to consider when selecting an app to use in the construction industry. He suggests four key elements to consider are the type of platform, type of app, cost of app, and connectivity.

Certainly, the platform (Android, iOS, Windows) has a big impact, requiring many construction companies to determine if they are a Windows, Apple, or Android shop. Also, the type of app (point or integrated) is a big factor to consider, as an integrated app has multiple functions that can share data with other systems.

For many construction companies, the cost of the app (free, paid, or freemium) could impact the decision to move from a paper-based process to the digital app world, while connectivity of the app (Wi-Fi only or cellular) is another big consideration for the jobsite.

These are just a few key points that are addressed by McKinney. Developing a mobile device program and selecting the right apps might seem like a daunting task, but at the end of the day, construction companies will benefit from realtime access to data.

Interested in learning more about developing a mobile app program in the construction industry? Check out the recent issue and join McKinney as he expands on the topic of apps and walks you through the process of developing a strategy at the Constructech Technology Day event being held Friday, October 3 at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay.