Doing more from the field. That is the value of apps in construction. But being able to tie that data obtained in the field back to the enterprise systems makes the use of apps most relevant in construction. More and more, we see software providers deliver apps that are not only tailored to key needs in the field, but also link directly with the backoffice systems.

This week Newforma, www.newforma.com, Manchester, N.H., officially announced three new apps added to its mix for the AEC (architectural, engineering, construction) market. Apps for Plans, Field Notes, and Project Teams have been field tested by customers in construction, all integrated with the company’s PIM (project information management) solution, and all with the intent to execute on project delivery tasks from the field and ensure the data is current and synchronized.

Here is a quick run-down of the apps. The Plans app allows users to access project documents on-site with the most current project plans and specifications automatically delivered to the iPads associated with their corresponding projects. Being able to mark-up and email documents in the field adds another level of usability.

The Field Notes app allows for the ability to capture video and images and automatically associates captures with relevant projects. The captured media automatically uploads to the Newforma Field Notes activity center. From there they can be assigned to site visit documents, daily reports, and action items.

With the Project Teams app, users can bring team contact information to the field. This can be useful for having key contacts and companies associated with their projects for the purposes of cross-referencing. In addition, automatic updates eliminate the need for manual management.

The company also announced enhancements to its Punch List app, which is designed to streamline capture and verification of data in the field. Straight from the field using an iPad, construction professionals are able to punch a room and accurately capture and attach supplemental photos, videos, and audio clips. Users get access to the latest drawings, room datasheets, and related project information on the office server from the iPad.

Be sure not to miss the May/June issue of Constructech magazine where we deliver our inaugural App Catalog for construction. Looking for the right app in the field? This guide can be a good starting point in your evaluation of the market.