These days it seems the connected device can be quite the powerful tool for construction. Devices like smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and others have found their place onto the jobsite. Meeting this demand, software providers have been coming to market with mobile apps designed to leverage the power of these devices.

The latest comes from e-Builder, www.e-builder.net, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The company announced, as part of the forthcoming release of e-Builder 7.9 on June 17, customers will see the launch of a new mobile app for the iPad among the many user-requested upgrades. This is the second of four upgrades the company has planned for this year.

e-Builder’s mobile app will integrate fully with e-Builder Enterprise, providing access to plans, drawings, and other documents straight from the field. Processes can also be “mobile enabled” to allow field work to be entered into the e-Builder application directly from the jobsite. This will make completing such processes as punchlists and commissioning checklists much easier from the field, as the data can be captured on a connected device right at the point of creation. The multi-purpose functionality of a device like the iPad will also make it easier to associate such things as photos with these processes.

One of e-Builder’s customers, UT Southwestern Medical Center, had a helping hand in developing the iPad app. Guillermo Ramos, director of capital improvements, UT Southwestern, notes how the app will help the team document the results of field inspections, access construction documents, and create project issues straight from the field.

Beyond the iPad news, other notable enhancements to this release include additional cost management capabilities, as well as project cost management and reconciliation enhancements. The latter upgrade should make it easier to enter or approve cost items, which will help reduce project risk.