Managing a construction project is a huge task, but today software solutions offer ways to make it easier. There are many tools on the market that can provide a system for entering, managing, and sharing all the information related to a project—but now there is a brand new project-management system to consider.

One recent entry to the market comes from Mantra, www.mantrais.com, Bridgewater, N.J., a custom software development company. Mantra has announced it will introduce a cloud-based construction project management application in early 2014. The system is designed to help builders increase efficiency by making information easily available.

Builders will be able to take advantage of features such as project management, task management, issue tracking, work assignment, and document sharing. The solution is cloud-based and available on a SaaS (software-as-a-service) model, allowing companies to pay a monthly fee to manage their construction projects. The SaaS model reduces the upfront investment costs of implementing the solution.

Mantra says the application is designed to stress usability and simplicity, allowing managers to keep track of tasks and share information. Because it is cloud-based, users can access the system from anywhere using a variety of devices. Mantra says the application can be used on computers, iPad, and Android tablets, and a mobile phone version is currently in development.

Cloud-based solutions have gained in popularity in recent years, as they allow for remote access to information. Cloud solutions often provide a way for workers to use multiple devices in the field. For instance, the LATISTA solution from Textura Corp., www.texturacorp.com, Deerfield, Ill., is designed for BIM (building information modeling) and uses cloud technology.

The LATISTA with BIM solution uses cloud computing to equip workers with a way to navigate and interact with workflows from a model while in the field. Users can publish Autodesk BIM models to the LATISTA Cloud, which allows the models to be synchronized with iPads.

Overall, cloud solutions are making it possible for builders to access vital information from anywhere. This type of remote access is becoming a necessity in today’s work environment.