According to contractormag.com, a study conducted by Eric Mower + Associates Group B2B, found that 50% of contractors used a smartphone to make their purchasing decisions. 49% reported using a laptop with mobile web access, and 21% use an iPad or other table. The EMA’s Contractor Insight Study was administered to 500 general contractors, plumbing contractors, HVAC contractors and electricians.
The new smartphones and web devices have changed the way that contractors do business. From researching brands, comparing prices, discussing quotes with clients, scanning product codes, and taking pictures, there are hundreds of ways smartphones have been integrated into business. A whopping 91% percent used use online resources to assist in purchase making decisions, and now they are taking the devices on the road.
Technology has responded to the wave of mobile-based contracting. Below is a list of some of the top in-the-field contracting apps for the iphone & ipad compiled by constructionweekonline.com.
iQuick Estimator: one in a series of construction apps from iQuick Tools. The app can perform simple estimates for framing, roofing, flooring, drywall, pain and concrete projects- after determining material and labor costs you can email your bid directing to the client.
I.D. Wood: Helps users identify different types of woods from around the world. It presents screen samples and detailed information for almost 160 different woods.
Concretulator: Allows users to determine how much concrete is required for a project (by cubic yard and the number of 40#, 60#, 80# bags).
Green Pro: This app give engineers, contractors, etc, the ability to both access and track LEED credits for new construction and major renovations. Users can access information about credit requirements and indicate when a particular requirement has been met.
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