Mobile technology is a game changer for the construction industry, which relies on communication and collaboration among many invested parties within the lifecycle of a build. As the industry continues to adopt technology solutions, going mobile is a natural extension for many construction professionals looking to take their investment to the next level.

For that reason, a number of construction-technology providers are expanding their product portfolios to include mobile capabilities. For instance, Meridian Systems, www.meridiansystems.com, Folsom, Calif., a Trimble company, announced new mobile solutions for its Prolog construction project-management software just this week.

Meridian’s Prolog solution for AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction) firms offers a complete system for capturing and managing project information from the field to the backoffice. By keeping project team members accountable for cost, scope, and schedule, the solution helps adopters deliver projects successfully.

With the introduction of PrologMobile, construction professionals can access Prolog’s construction field-management functionalities from mobile devices such as the iPad and those that run the Microsoft Windows mobile platform. The app allows field staff to view and manage project information such as punchlists, inspections, and daily construction reports in realtime. Data collected in the field is automatically synced with Prolog back in the office.

Another company, e-Builder, www.e-builder.net, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also offers a mobile component to its software solution. The company recently announced it has expanded its e-Builder Mobile application for the construction industry. The app upgrades are part of the company’s enhancement to its cloud-based construction program-management software, e-Builder Enterprise 7.12.

e-Builder Mobile extends the functionalities of e-Builder Enterprise into the field, therefore increasing project teams’ productivity and improving project delivery quality. The solution gives access to project data in realtime, giving project managers more freedom to act on issues immediately.

All actions in e-Builder Mobile are synced to e-Builder Enterprise for project members to see. e-Builder Mobile is free through the Apple iTunes App Store, and it can be used on Apple devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

As smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices become more ubiquitous in today’s society, these devices are following professionals to work. On the construction jobsite, mobile components of construction project-management solutions offer the ability to improve communication and collaboration among team members, while reducing costs and contributing to faster project delivery.