Anthony Governanti’s post about the new Revit iPad app
got me thinking about all the apps for construction and how we got here. We’ve come a long way in just a few years!
Earlier this month, the
Apple app store celebrated its 5th anniversary
. Since 2008, when it first launched, more than
50 billion apps (over 800 per second) have been downloaded and there are now
900,000 available. It seems so long ago,
but iPad apps only arrived in 2010 after the iPad launched in April of that
Accessing Construction iPad apps then…
Back in 2010, instant software access
was a game changer for the construction jobsite, where people are used to doing
things on their own, often not connected to their corporate networks. This has helped thousands of construction
project managers, superintendents, and field engineers to adopt iPad apps like Autodesk BIM
to manage quality, safety, and commissioning processes.
Having an “app for that” is almost a given for the
construction jobsite today. But could the next big thing for the field be apps that
are available everywhere – even hands-free on your wrist? While there are plenty
of great rugged iPad cases available
, there are times where you could
really use having your hands available to hold on to a ladder or scaffold or
drive some heavy equipment.
Accessing Construction apps in the future…
alerts on your watch about upcoming tasks or quality-related issues assigned to
you or your area could be one way to use an iWatch. Or, dictating field
notes or a daily report into your watch as you walk the job site is another.
There are other watch devices such as the Pebble
that are already in
, and while nobody is sure if the rumors
about the iWatch are true
, we’re looking
forward to when it might arrive.
In my next post, I’ll continue on this thead and talk about using apps for construction
on Google Glass
, but for now, I’m interested to hear:
- If an iWatch or similar wearable app-capable
device was available now, would you buy one and use it for your project?
- And, what kind of iWatch apps do you think would be the
most useful for your construction project?
Comment back and let me know!