There is a renewed focus on collaborative relationships between clients and the main contractor and to those operating in the supply chain. But what will this mean for construction projects going forward?

Add to this new mobile technologies enabled through cloud computing and it not only creates an immediate cost saving internally, as well as within the supply chain, but also impacts working practices and relationships up and down the supply chain.

With this growing trend, construction professionals continue to invest and innovate in the cloud and mobile technologies, and technology providers continue to release new solutions that can be used in the office or at the jobsite.

One example comes from Procore Technologies Inc., www.procore.com, Carpinteria, Calif., which recently released several new updates and features for its mobile apps with the release of version 4.1 for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

This release comprises performance and interface enhancements including: enhanced meeting minutes and attendance, to conveniently access meetings on mobile devices and enter minutes from the jobsite; new drawing feature, with view of hyperlinked drawings and detail callouts; more powerful filtering, to filter by name, assignee, title, or number in your RFIs (requests for information), submittals and punchlists; better contact sorting, to sort by company in the directory tool; smarter daily log filters, with filtering to view recently selected items with a smaller, smarter list; and viewing of schedule and access to custom tools.

This is just one recent example of a how a technology provider is releasing new updates and features for its mobile apps—allowing construction companies to do more with systems while on the jobsite. As the industry continued to look for new ways to collaborate at the jobsite, apps could be one tool to turn to.