Easy ways to work smarter with your smartphone

As technology snowballs, builders are discovering there’s a whole new range of tools to help get things done on the job with just the tap of a finger. Here are a few tips to help you unlock the potential of your digital toolbox.

“This was supposed to go together like this, but it won’t fit because of that?”

How often do you get a problem that’s holding you up and the boss isn’t there to advise what to do? So call him and show him the issue in detail on video in real-time using your phone or tablet.

The same thing applies when talking to suppliers or specialists. It’s much easier to show them what you’re talking about.

The most common apps are Facetime, Google Hangouts, Skype, Viber, Tango, ooVoo.
It really is easy.

LBP points tracker

The ITM App is built around the new LBP Skills Maintenance scheme and makes your elective activity and on-the-job training simple to record and keep secure in one place for when you need to complete your relicensing.

Adding activity is quick and easy with a 5 step process guiding you. Once you have added a few details you identify when the activity took place, how long it took and then you can choose to add evidence of the activity by uploading a photo straight from your device.

At any point you can check your activity log to see your history and how you are progressing towards your requirements.

Multi measuring tool

Like a Swiss army knife for measuring things, iHandy Carpenter has five tools: Plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, protractor and a ruler. By swiping left or right on the ruler, you can measure things much longer than your phone or tablet.

A handy back-up when you’re in tight spaces.

Making digital plans

There are several measuring apps available on line free (or for a small cost) to help with making plans.

MagicPlan uses your device’s camera allowing you to measure rooms and create a floorplan you can carry in your pocket. You can also create 3D views.

Smart Measure lets you measure the distance and height of an object using the phone’s camera and accelerometer to triangulate the distance or height of an object.

Photo Measures uses your phone’s camera to measure spaces and mark them on photos you take, along with relevant notes.

Track your jobs online

LockNLoad is a web-based management system that turns your mobile phone or tablet into a multi purpose recorder.
It allows you to capture and log important information about the job you’re working on, and keep accurate records of every stage of construction.
This information includes photos and video of work in progress, health and safety checklists, timesheets and staff training records.

Let your talking do the typing

The hardest work in building is all the writing you have to do, and let’s face it, most builders might be handy on the tools, but we’re all fingers and thumbs when it comes to a keyboard.

Voice recognition technology has come ahead in leaps and bounds, and it is very easy now to talk into your phone and have it generate a written copy of what you’ve said.

It’s a much faster way of getting your ideas on paper and of course you can easily change around a few words once it’s in text form.

For iphone/ipad, try voice texting pro on itunes or speech to text on Google Play

Follow the sun

Working with GPS and your phone’s camera, Sun Seeker by ozPDA allows you to track the path of the sun at any given location at any time. Really handy when you’re checking out a site and getting a feel for where the sun will be throughout the seasons.

All of these apps are available on the Google Play or Apple App Store.