Is your construction company using mobile apps to manage estimating and project-management data in the cloud? It seems every week there is a new app to consider, making the technology decision making tough for construction companies.

For instance, Corecon Technologies Inc., www.corecon.com, Huntington Beach, Calif., recently released Corecon Mobile for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The new app was developed for use with Corecon V7, an online estimating, project management, and job-cost suite of construction software.

The Corecon Mobile app not only includes all of the tools available in the current version, which is browser based, but it also has greater functionality and an improved user interface that takes advantage of Apple’s iPhone or iPad capabilities.

With its revamping on the iOS platform and tailored for jobsite functions, this new version enables field staff to take progress photos, update checklist or punchlist items, or import contacts directly from mobile devices. And Apple’s speech-to-text can also be used with the new app to transcribe voice dictation into text whenever it may be inconvenient to text.

All of Corecon’s products connect to a common platform, so no synchronization is required. Thus, Daily Logs or Timecards entered directly in the iPhone/iPad app will immediately appear in Corecon V7.

It’s a simple fact: Because data sharing from jobsite to office is commonplace in the construction industry, apps enables project team members to reach an advanced level of realtime project management through the use of smartphone and tablet devices.