Construction Cost Estimator helps realty contractors and service companies quickly to create on-site estimates for construction and repair projects. In a way cost estimation experts can save time and money by creating the estimate on the spot and then mail it to the customer as a PDF or printing a hardcopy.
There are only few construction related apps are available in market today and it does not include the many software companies to develop such an item. But in this age of smartphone, gadget and apps, the mobile applications are almost doing everything.
The mobile phone applications which has been using for keeping information as well as educational purpose are also being used as construction cost estimators.
Here we can take a look of those smart applications.
AutoCAD WS -- AutoCAD 360 is a free, easy-to-use drawing and drafting mobile app that allows cost estimators to view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings—anytime and anywhere. It has a Simple site visit facility and fieldwork with powerful design review and markup tools—available online and offline. It seamlessly shares drawings with others across the desktop, web, and mobile devices as well. It is easily accessible. One can draw from web browsers using the free companion AutoCAD 360 web application.
AutoDesk 360 Mobile -- It allows an estimator to view and share DWG, DWF, Revit, and Navisworks files. The biggest advantage of AutoDesk 360 Mobile is that it can share Autodesk files without the need to download any software.
Autodesk BIM 360 Field – It combines mobile technologies and BIM at the point of construction. It looks after the automatic field process such as quality, safety, and commissioning checklists. It also looks after the distribution of plans and drawings. Its mobile model access helps to provide measurable time as well as cost savings for architecture, engineering, civil infrastructure and construction of projects too.
Autodesk Sketchbook – It is a full set of sketching tools that a cost estimator could possibly need and ready to create in the mobile device.
BIMx -- It is the ultimate BIM project presenter app. It features the BIMx Hyper-model, a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. BIMx Hyper-models offer extremely smooth handling and outstanding performance even for projects with complex 3D building models and excessive 2D documentation. If a construction cost estimation expert or an architect is using ArchiCAD and BIMx, it is the perfect tool for them to present or share the designs with clients and contractors. In addition to make the whole workflow virtually hassle-free, BIMx will save considerable amount of money and the misery that almost freely comes with printing plans.
BIM 360TM Glue - The Autodesk BIM 360TM Glue mobile app enables BIM 360 Glue users to more securely access the Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects from anywhere, at any time. Building, infrastructure, design, and construction professionals can access and intuitively explore multi-disciplinary models online or offline, access all saved views, and review intelligent object properties.
CamCard – This is a professional business card reader and scanner. It simply takes a picture of a business card. CamCard recognizes the business card and saves contact information in Card Holder Address Book.
Google Docs – It manages edits and shares the Google Docs file from one mobile phone to other. It is our very well known and vastly used device.
Google Earth – This is Google's fantastic Earth application, brought to the smartphone. This is a great app for virtual site visits with a variety of area views and interactive details.
There are surely many more. It is the prediction that most of the mobile phone users in the world would be using smartphones soon in future. It is also to be said the days are not very far that all information sharing activities will be done by the tablet mobile device as well. Luckily, product and service providers across all industries, especially construction, are adapting accordingly and figuring out how to integrate mobile services with their offerings.