Construction software developer HCSS has introduced a suite of new mobile applications for collecting and reviewing data on construction field operations. These apps can be run anywhere using iPhones, iPads and Android-based phones and tablets. With just a few swipes on a mobile device, contractors can record an entire time card including diaries, photographs and cost-coded employee and equipment hours, as well as production quantities.

These mobile applications were developed specifically for construction and integrate with HCSS’s back-end databases, which allow them to seamlessly integrate with more than 40 accounting systems.

Field personnel can have information at their fingertips to compare actual job costs against the budget on a daily basis from anywhere at any time. They can record daily diary entries and check employee skills instantly with their smart phone or tablet. Photographs get transmitted into appropriate job folders by simply taking the photograph and clicking “send,” although notes can also be attached to each photo.

Mike Rydin, HCSS president, emphasized HCSS’s mobile applications address many contractors’ concerns about mobile technology. “Contractors don’t always have constant, 100 percent Internet connectivity with our mobile apps,” Rydin explained. “These apps were designed to be able to work off-line for the still frequent places where it is required, and are generally much faster than web-based products, which constantly communicate with the Internet. It is also possible to just use the wireless mode and avoid expensive cell service charges.”

Rydin also pointed out that, by combining these apps with their HeavyJob® Field Management software from HCSS, a contractor can mix and match devices in connected and disconnected modes, and handle jobs in the most remote places. “Contractors don’t have to pick a single technology,” Rydin said. “They can use HCSS field licenses on various combinations of desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones, and switch it up at any time to coincide with their changing needs.”

The products received an enthusiastic reception when they were introduced to more than 800 attendees at the HCSS user’s group meeting in February, and now include features that resulted directly from customer suggestions.

“The HCSS mobile applications are large, solid, construction-oriented apps that have received the ‘seal of approval’ from our most important constituents: construction companies that rely on our products to help them operate their businesses,” said Rydin.