Connected devices like the iPad continue to become a primary business tool for users across more and more industries, including construction. However, the usability of the iPad for construction has been called into question on more than one occasion, as skeptics cite a lack of construction-ready apps.

Software providers continue to challenge that notion, launching apps designed around critical workflow functions for construction. Bluebeam Software, www.bluebeam.com, Pasadena, Calif., for example, recently launched its latest Revu iPad app, designed to facilitate workflow productivity through the ability for users to navigate and annotate PDF files from the iPad.

Bluebeam has had great success in the construction market though its ability to add construction-specific workflows around the PDF, a file format that has been widely embraced by builders and contractors of all sizes and disciplines. The new Revu iPad app allows comments and annotations to display in a clear and accurate manner.

As Richard Lee, president and CEO, Bluebeam Software, says, the Bluebeam Revu iPad helps to remove barriers that currently stand in the way of productivity in the AEC market, by enabling technical and mobile professionals to work, as he describes, “without limits.”

One feature of note to Bluebeam Revu for iPad are the customizable clouds, highlights, text, and other annotations that allow users to markup PDFs and save them for reuse across sessions. This allows teams to share feedback and edits to critical documents in near realtime.

While this latest app, according to Bluebeam, extends the functionality to other industries, the company’s main focus remains in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) market. This latest release continues to build on the strength, and builders and contractors can be assured that such enhancements will be useful in their day-to-day workflow.

Overall, the trend of using the iPad in construction continues to grow. As Josh Kanner, cofounder of Vela Systems, which was recently acquired by Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., told Constructech, this device has changed the industry. He says, “Instead of having to ask field personnel to use a mobile device, many of them are bringing them to the jobsite already. That has totally changed the dynamic of how the industry is looking and approaching the concept of bringing technology to the field.”

As more and more apps continue to hit the market, the construction industry will stand to benefit. Devices like the iPad, and other tablets for that matter, provide a great deal of power into the hands of field workers. Now, the next step is figuring out what to do with all that great data.