Mobile devices are handy tools to have in a tight spot. As more construction business processes move up into the cloud, and as more construction professionals rely on technology to keep them in constant contact with the backoffice, these devices and applications are becoming more important to the industry than ever before.

The availability of mobile apps designed with the construction industry in mind is on the rise, thanks to innovative companies like Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, www.cengage.com, Independence, Ky., and DEWALT, www.dewalt.com, Baltimore, Md., which jointly launched DEWALT Mobile Pro earlier this month.

DEWALT Mobile Pro is a free calculation and reference app for iOS devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The companies say the solution was developed with construction contractors and tradesmen in mind. Features include a construction calculator that helps on-the-job construction professions solve complex “jobsite math” straight from their device. The app also allows for basic calculations with integrated reference materials.

DEWALT Mobile Pro preserves a history of recent calculations, and offers a customizable list of favorite calculations and the ability to email results. Users can also customize the app using trade-specific calculations and formulas.

Yesterday, Procore Technologies, www.procore.com, Santa Barbara, Calif., similarly stepped up to offer a mobile application for construction professionals. To add to its cloud-based construction project-management software solution and existing suite of mobile applications for iPhone and Android, Procore will now provide a way for its customers to access critical project data on iPad.

The free app brings some of the key features of the company’s software application to project-management teams on the jobsite. These features include contract and change-order management, RFI (request for information) creation and tracking, daily log management, project scheduling, document management, project bidding, punchlist status tracking, photo archiving, and project submittal management, among others.

By having these types of tools at their fingertips, construction professionals can more easily and efficiently manage and complete projects. As mobile devices like smartphones and tablets become more prevalent in both personal and professional scenarios, it’s up to the construction industry and the companies that serve the construction industry to capitalize on these tools.