The following is a sampling of apps that can be accessed by using a variety of mobile devices (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry, depending on the platform used by the manufacturer) and can offer features ranging from design visualization and installation how-tos to building regulations. So take a look at our collection. Chances are if you, your contractors, or your constituents have a problem, there's an app for it.
311 AND OTHER RESIDENT SERVICES
Cartegraph (Apple, Android)
With the YourGOV Mobile citizen request application, residents can report nonemergency issues and service requests - such as potholes, vandalism, and streetlight outages - directly from their mobile smartphones. They can then track the progress of their requests and view the status of any open request in your service area. The Android-specific design introduces a press-and-hold option for specifying issue locations. Other options include voice search and voice detail entry. Request a demo.
CitySourced (Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7)
CitySourced provides a simple and intuitive platform empowering residents to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, environmental issues, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution. The app provides an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money, improve accountability to those they govern, and foster a positive, collaborative platform for real action. Download this app.
Connected Bits (Apple, Android)
Spot Reporters enables anyone with a mobile phone to report issues they encounter (potholes, graffiti, down trees, etc.) by sending photos, locations, and descriptions directly to your municipality's Spot Reporters app server. Smartphone users can download your jurisdiction's branded iPhone or Android apps or use their existing Web, Twitter, or SMS clients and start reporting immediately. Get platform.
EPA (Mobile, Web)
Check the health of waterways anywhere in the U.S from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. The How’s My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. Users instantly receive a list of waterways within five miles of the search location. Each waterway is identified as unpolluted, polluted, or unassessed. A map option offers the a view of the search area with the results color-coded by assessment status. Once a specific lake, river or stream is selected, the app and website provides information on the type of pollution reported for that waterway and what has been done by EPA and the states to reduce it. Additional reports and technical information is also available, including simple descriptions of each type of water pollutant, including pollutant type, likely sources, and potential health risks. A related links page connects users to popular water information on beaches, drinking water, and fish and wildlife habitat based on a user’s search criteria. Download this app.
Fulcrum (Apple, Android)
After giving Fulcrum a try, many companies in the energy and utility industries increased their rate of productivity while decreasing the man-power required to execute projects in the field. Take a look a few examples and you’ll get a feel for how Fulcrum is making a big impact for companies just like yours. Download this app.
Orange County California Public Works (Apple)
This free application allows the county’s residents to request pothole repairs, graffiti removal, street sweeping, report incidents of alleged illegal dumping, water pollution, and/or property violations. Download this app.
Ping4 (Android, Apple)
This mobile safety platform offers a new way for public utilities to keep their community safe and informed. It enables local utilities to issue real-time, location-based alerts to an area of their choosing. Any smartphone with the app installed will receive a notification with information and instructions about the emergency situation. The app still works in power and phone line outages. Download this app for Android or Apple.
SeeClickFix Inc. (Apple, Android, BlackBerry)
SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track nonemergency issues anywhere in the world via the Internet. This empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to take care of and improve their neighborhoods. Users can report problems; use GPS on their smartphones to pinpoint exact locations; view, comment on, vote to fix, or update issues already reported; and receive messages whenever someone interacts with issues they've submitted or followed. Download this app.
Missouri DOT (Apple, Android)
Need to know highway conditions while planning your route in Missouri? MoDOT Traveler Information App, better known as the “map app,” provides a map of the state with all major roads highlighted. They're color coded to indicate road conditions or construction. Those working in the field update the conditions of the road by radioing back to MoDOT headquarters, and the status is changed within five minutes. It shows major roads and highways, but also some smaller roads. Download this app.
Xerox Transportation (Mobile Web)
The SmartBus System was introduced in 2010 in Brampton, Canada. The mobile web app allows riders to access the site from any phone with a browser. Once you load the site, simply enter the bus number, and you will receive real-time information about that particular bus. The system is custom built and can be tailored to fit the needs of any city. The system also includes electronic message signs at terminals and on-board LED signs showing next stop information, interactive voice response for telephone access, and more. View the Brampton version of the app.
U.S. Census Bureau (Android)
The America's Economy app lets you take the pulse of the U.S. economy straight from your smartphone. It provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators released from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Measures include employment, manufacturing, international trade, residential construction and sales, and more. It is currently only available on Google's Android platform, but the bureau says it will be coming soon to Apple for its iPhone and other devices. Download for free.
Xerox/Streetline Inc. (Apple, Android)
With the sensor-enabled Parker, motorists can see open parking spaces in real time - and if there's no street parking available it'll direct drivers to nearby parking lots and garages. The app is currently available through public-private partnerships with Indianapolis and Los Angeles, where sensors have been embedded in the pavement to detect when spaces are available. Once parked, motorists can use the app's built-in timer to track how much time is left on the meter, or access walking directions back to their parking spaces. Download this app.
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Ardex Americas (Apple)
Engineers, architects, installers, and distributors can use the ARDEX Americas Product Calculator to find details on the company's flooring and building products and to estimate the amount of product — including PANDOMO designer concrete finishes - required to cover a job area. The app has been recently updated to also include Henry Adhesives products. Download this app.
CertainTeed (Apple, Android, Blackberry)
Claiming to be the first building products manufacturer to release a mobile app, CertainTeed says its QR Reader simplifies product information gathering. It instantly scans and reads any barcode (regardless of manufacturer) that allows users to view websites, videos, and technical documentation. Download this app.
Versa-Matic (Apple, Mobile Web)
AODD pump owners can quickly and easily find the tools needed to support pumps installed in the field, as well as pumps currently being built and shipped. The app enables users to locate information related to a specific pump using My Pump Details through quick bar scanning or via a manual entry. Additional features include the ability to instantly review Chemical Compatibility using the interactive guide, conveniently flip through the latest full line catalogs, watch helpful service and repair training videos and more. Download this app for Apple or use the mobile Web app.
Eco Hatchery LLC (Apple, Android)
Light Bulb Finder takes your lighting needs and budget into consideration to help find the best energy-efficient replacements for incandescent bulbs, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). You can create shopping lists, and buy bulbs directly through the app or at local stores. Download this app.
Lutron Electronics (Apple)
With just minimal project information, the free Energi Advisor App provides its users with a bill of materials, estimated return on investment, and energy savings information—making it an ideal tool for government contractors to quickly and accurately determine the best lighting-control solution for a facility. By requiring only basic information, such as room size, number of fixtures, type of fixtures, local electric utility rates, rebates, and labor rates, the app lets users walk through projects with key decision-makers, and at the same time deliver a complete project design and budget. it delivers multiple options for each project to ensure that budget and control requirements can be addressed without compromising performance. Download this app.
A. O. Smith (Apple)
Warranty Check puts water heater warranty information in the palm of plumbers' and contractors' hands, allowing them to check if an A. O. Smith water heater is in warranty and when the warranty expires. Users may also view product details such as model number, series number, and date of manufacture. Download this app.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Apple)
If you have wondered with a Mitsubishi Electric ductless comfort system would look like in your facility, the meVIEW app will allow you to take a picture of a room then select one of their indoor units to place in the room. You can reposition and place within the picture to see how the unit will look. Download this app.
Lennox International (Apple)
Lennox Mobile gives HVAC contractors and builders complete access to the manufacturer's residential HVAC products and dealers. It shows your homeowners how to take control of their home energy costs, and it allows users to calculate how much a Lennox heating or cooling system can save on energy costs. You can even search products or watch videos. Download this app.
(Kitchen & Bath)
BLANCO (Apple, Android)
The Silgranit II Color app allows users to coordinate the manufacturer's Silgranit II sinks with various countertop stones. Users can pair the sinks with different countertops and evaluate the combination. You can also add your own countertop selections to the app by capturing images using your device's camera. Favorite combinations can be added to a list and emailed to others. Download this app.
This app lets users interact and view products. You can browse products and design spaces, go on a 360-degree virtual tour, coordinate colors and finishes, use a QR scanner, and articles. Download this app.
Versatex (Mobile Web)
The Versatex mobile website has the company’s Contractor Handbook, which includes ‘how-to’ videos, installation tips, best practices, catalog information, and dealer locations. Download this app.
White River Hardwoods (Apple)
Elaboration is a comprehensive, 250-page product binder for the specification of hardwood moldings and architectural woodcarvings. The catalog features more than 2,250 products that are organized into 13 tabbed sections, making it easy to find detailed product information. Download this app.
Benjamin Moore (Apple, Android)
The Color Capture app allows users to snap a picture of a color anywhere and find its match from Benjamin Moore's more than 3,300 paint hues. You can also save your pictures and their coordinating colors to a favorites folder. Download this app.
PPG Pittsburgh Paints (Apple, Android)
The Voice of Color app allows interior designers to browse more than 1,800 paint colors, quickly order 8x12 color swatches, photograph and match any paint color, and create and save color projects. It ties directly into the company's Voice of Color program, an integrated design system that offers tools and materials to help users get information about color. Download this app.
Sherwin-Williams (Apple, Android, Blackberry)
See a color you like and want to use in your facility? The ColorSnap app can help. It allows you to use your smartphone to capture a color that inspires you and match it to one of the company's 1,500 paint colors. You can search, browse, adjust, save, and even share colors. Download this app.
APA/Engineered Wood Association (Apple)
Do your engineered-wood products conform to codes and standards? A quick check of the Product Reports app will tell you. The app provides quick links to APA documents that discuss whether engineered-wood products are up to par. Download this app.
USG Corp. (Apple)
USG Solutions is for users who need complete answers for all their home improvement needs, including project how-tos, and a materials estimator for ceilings, interior panels and tiles, and flooring. It also includes the company's product catalog with details on more than a dozen USG products. Download this app.
Arkema Inc./APV Engineered Coatings (Apple)
Launched for the eCoolRoof with Kynar Aquatic roof coating system, the APV eCoolRoof Savings Calculator app offers easy-to-find product information including environmental specifics, life-cycle analysis, case studies, and website links. Users also can compare costs of using the system — comprised of a resin-based topcoat and an elastomeric acrylic basecoat — against a conventional elastomeric acrylic coating. Download this app.
American Olean Inspiration Gallery (Apple)
This app offers high-quality room scenes that can be used for inspiration when designing facilities. Included are categorized galleries, product information, and the ability to favorite and store pictures. Download this app.
Dal-Tile Corp. (Apple)
Inspiration Gallery is an app that offers room scenes designed to inspire creative tile installations. It offers a categorized gallery of rooms and products, room scene product information, favorite photo storage and organization, and slideshow views of selected images. Download this app.
(Windows & Doors)
The Presenting Our Products app allows the user to browse the newest Andersen windows, training materials, or more details on designs to specify an order. It also has links to the latest application guides, sizing calculators, and warranty information for the company’s A-Series, Eagle, 400/200 Series and 100 Series product lines. Download this app.
Marvin Integrity Windows and Doors (Apple)
The window manufacturer's Built to Perform app provides information on its Ultrex fiberglass windows and doors. Users will find reference materials such as product catalogs, presentations, case studies, videos, and a photo gallery for inspiration. Download this app.
Milgard Windows & Doors (Apple)
This app allows users to access all product brochures, exclusive videos, as well as the ability to stay connected via Twitter. Download this app.
YKK AP America (Apple)
Designed for architects, general contractors, and other design professionals, the Architectural Product Master app provides information on high-performance fenestration systems for use in commercial buildings and assists in the design and installation phases of a project. The myThermal Assistant tool calculates the energy-saving performance metrics of YKK AP products with project specific glass packages and sizes. Download this app.
383 Studios (Apple, Web)
Threshold is a Web and mobile application that speeds and improves the process of organizing and managing the vast collection of project photos taken during the course of construction. The mobile app enables users to take, organize, tag, and upload photos to their project right from the jobsite. It enables users to combine their documentation, organization, and distribution processes by letting them upload multiple photos at once with no Internet connection required to document the jobsite, tag photos with construction-specific information, select whether photos are public or private before uploading, and share photos with the entire project team. Download this app or download the web app.
The free FormIt mobile app helps you capture building design concepts digitally anytime, anywhere ideas strike. Use real-world site information to help create forms in context and support early design decisions with real building data. The app allows you to create forms quickly from a gallery of shapes, directly manipulate forms using gestures for easy model changes, save designs to the cloud, share with others, and more. Download this app.
Axonic Labs LLC (Apple)
gUnit is a unit and currency converter that provides quick conversion results for currency, temperature, length, weight, and volume measurements. It features more than 330 units and currencies with all unit conversion results available at a glance. Available for iPhone or iOS device, the lite version of the app supports U.S., U.K., and Canadian unit variations. With the full version (available for $0.99 from the iTunes store), get the added benefits of converting mileage, torque, area, energy, time, speed, pressure, power, and force. Simply select your conversion type, and the units to quickly calculate the conversion. Download this app.
CNH Parts & Service (Android, Apple)
The MyShed and MyYard apps are fleet management tools that allow equipment owners to manage, organize and store equipment data online. The mobile apps allow users to look up parts and create pick lists for their specific equipment models that they can submit directly to their local equipment dealer–from any smartphone. In addition, they can stay connected with their local equipment dealer with the application’s easy-to-use call button and email features. Download this app.
Contractors Apps (Apple)
The company's apps include:
Tradies is a mobile office tool for construction and trades providing quick and easy site diaries/dailies, variations/change orders, request for information, invoicing quoting, purchase orders, tender requests, site instructions, and subcontract agreements—all of which can be emailed in PDF format. Free to download, but you will need to purchase all individual sections to preview without watermark and/or email PDF reports. Download this app.
Site Boss enables site foremen, development managers, and contractor supervisors to streamline essential administration and simplify daily paperwork chores, plus effortlessly communicate with all your suppliers, clients. and tradespeople in real time. Download this app.
Defects App allows you to create defect lists, punch lists, snag lists, service reports, inspection reports, to-do lists, completion lists, or even create a custom list for any need by project. Complete the list direct in the field and have it immediately distributed in a PDF document to your contractors and clients. Download this app.
HCSS (Apple, Android)
With the company's suite of Heavy Job field apps, users can collect and review data on construction field operations from anywhere, even offline - making the apps faster than Web-based products that must constantly communicate with the Internet. Field personnel have information at their fingertips to compare actual job costs against the budget, make notes, and transmit photos. Download these app.
This ambitious iPad app aims to replace costly and cumbersome printed design documents with a manageable digital archive of customizable plans in PDF format. It allows users to manipulate plans in the field, flip between blueprint versions, and share new designs via cloud services or email. The app eliminates printing costs; reduces time spent managing, updating, and waiting for delivery of plans; and provides instantaneous updates that should eliminate rework costs that can occur from using outdated designs in the field. The company offers a three-tiered pricing plan, which includes a free version for smaller projects (less than 50 sheets). Download this app.
Kohler Power Systems (Apple)
The free Kohler Power Literature App allows you to instantly stream catalogs or download them to use offline. Once downloaded, catalogs are automatically updated with the newest specs of all their generators ranging from 10 to 3,250 kilowatts, transfer switches, and switchgear. Many of the pieces include digital extras such as hot spots that directly link the user to the product page on Kohler’s website, pinch to zoom, and the ability to search from within a brochure or white paper. Download this app.
Simpson Strong-Tie (Apple, mobile, Web)
Holdown connectors are typically used to anchor shearwall segments against overturning. The Holdown Selector Web app is a quick and easy tool that selects the most cost-effective holdown connector based on the type of installation, demand load, and the wood species of the post. It specifies the Simpson Strong-Tie connector needed to complete a project based on the installation method and demand load that is inputted. It includes an expandable list of holdown options, SCL column support, and rim joist models. Download this app.
Coil straps are designed to transfer tension loads for a wide range of applications. The redesigned Coil Strap Designer specifies the most effective coil strap for a given demand load and determines the number of nails required for a particular application. The Coil Strap Cut Length Calculator determines the cut length of a coil strap and the total amount of coil strap needed for the construction project. The calculator provides the end length, clear span, cut length, total number of nails and total linear feet of strap required to complete a project. Download this app.
Determining the slope and skew angles related to hip and valley beams can be a challenge made even more difficult when the roof slopes on each side of the hip or valley are different. The new online Slope and Skew Calculator makes it easy by performing all of the necessary calculations for each hanger condition in the roof. Simply enter the roof pitches and press the “calculate” button, and the app will supply the direction and precise angles for the framing members as well as the connectors. Access the calculator.
The Dealer Locator mobile app helps find the location of the closest Simpson Strong-Tie dealer based on the user’s location. The app is available for U.S. and Canadian customers and includes such information as the distance from your location and directions to the dealer, product lines offered, and the dealer’s website, phone number, and other relevant contact information. Search by city and state, along with zip code. The Dealer Locator is a native app for iPhone® and iPad®. Other mobile users can use the mobile-optimized Dealer Locator at www.strongtie.com/dealers. More information is available at www.strongtie.com/apps/dl.
Design and analyze reinforced concrete columns, slabs, and corbels using the RC Design app. Intended for civil and structural engineering professionals and students, RC Design is based on ACI 318-08 and 318M-08. Features include tabs for rectangular and circular short columns, two-way shear design that displays a useful "Excess Shear Stress" diagram, and corbel design. The RC Beam Pack is an add-on and can be purchased using the iPhone OS 3.0 in-app purchase feature. This app provides accurate, comprehensive results and can save time spent on design and paperwork. Download this app. For related civil and structural engineering apps from this company, click here.
Smartools LLC (Apple)
With Punchlists, architects, engineers, contractors, inspectors, and even project owners can benefit from the convenience and efficiency of creating punch lists in the field. Download this app.
Atkins (Apple, Android, Windows)
With FloodMap Mobile, anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or similar device can instantly determine the flood risk of a given address or area. Using sophisticated mapping and floodplain database technologies, the app clearly shows the flood risk of any U.S. location, and can link users to local insurance agents or their local FEMA office. If desired, users can even generate a PDF-formatted risk report that can be given to a real estate agent, insurance agent, city council member, or any other interested party. The app gives floodplain managers, city planners, and emergency responders on-demand access to critical information in the field. Using the mobile app, engineers, community officials, and customer service authorities have quick and easy access to information about map numbers, quads, gages, and floodplains. It is also an essential tool for both real estate professionals and prospective home buyers to understand flood risk for specific properties, including an estimated flood-insurance cost based on home value. Download this app.
Ping4 Inc. (Apple, Android, smartphone)
Ping4alerts! is an emergency communications platform that allows public safety agencies to send high-precision, location-based emergency alerts to people in their community. Agencies can control the alert area down to the foot: You can set an alert area right up to the boundary of a beach, road, building, or any other area, eliminating alert fatigue and making sure people are only getting information about events that may affect them. Any smartphone with the app installed will receive a notification with information and instructions about the emergency situation. The app still works in power and phone line outages. Download this app.
Bosch Rexroth (Android, Apple)
The Fit4Filter app allows customers to cros- reference and replace their existing hydraulic filter elements with the corresponding Rexroth filters. It includes cross references to thousands of filters elements and contact information for Rexroth filter support personnel in 20 countries. Download this app for Apple or Android.
Bulldog Magazine now has its very own app that provides access to both current and past issues enjoyed by the manufacturer’s customers, employees, dealers, collectors, and fans. Readers will also be notified when new issues are published. Download this app.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (Apple)
AASHTO Mobile is your app for all that is current in transportation news. It provides up-to-date access to the Daily Transportation Update; to the weekly AASHTO Journal offering original in-depth reporting; to Transportation TV providing video news updates and interviews with key lawmakers, AASHTO leaders, and other industry professionals; to press releases highlighting the association's key reports, activities, policy positions, and other news. Download this app.
American Concrete Pavement Association (Apple)
For a nominal fee, you can download:
- The Pavement Joint Noise Estimator to quickly determine pavement characteristics and the tire-pavement noise level. Simply enter data about the joint spacing (interval), width and depth, vehicle speed, and average noise-level associated with one of five pavement texturing methods. The app displays three outputs: the increase in tire-pavement noise due to joint configuration; the total tire-pavement noise level; and the total tire-pavement noise from 50 feet away. Download this app.
- Area and Volume Calculator to quickly calculate plan area and volume of material based on a pavement or subbase/subgrade layer's thickness, width, and length. Download this app.
- Concrete Mixture Proportioner, which provides a method of proportioning a concrete mixture using the absolute volume method in substantial conformance with ACI 211.1-91, "Standard Practice for Selecting Proportions for Normal, Heavyweight and Mass Concrete." Download this app.
- Maximum Joint Space Calculator to calculate joint spacing in jointed plain (unreinforced) concrete pavement. Download this app.
- Staking Interval Calculator to calculate the rate of change of a vertical curve and, based on this value, receive maximum staking interval recommendations. Download this app.
- Subgrade Resilient Modulus Calculator, which uses conversion factors included in National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 128, "Evaluation of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Interim Guide for the Design of Pavement Structures." This app allows users to quickly estimate the Subgrade Resilient Modulus from either a California Bearing Ration or Resistance Value measurement. Download this app.
Find many more mobile apps for design, construction, and general interest applications via the ACPA's searchable online app library.
Dayton Superior (Android, Apple)
The company offers:
The Dayton Online Collateral System (DOCS) is Dayton Superior's publishing app. The app contains links to a variety of sales, marketing, and technical product documentation. Download this app for Apple.
The Dayton Superior Searcher app is a product and material safety data sheets search tool that provides information about product offerings, material safety data sheets, technical data sheets, and price books. Download this app for Android or Apple.
Ibuildroads (Android, Apple)
Ibuildroads offers on-the-go access to real-time conversations happening inside the road construction industry. Ask questions, find answers, and share ideas with other road construction industry professionals regarding asphalt, concrete, milling, recycling, erosion control, subgrade mechanical stabilization, subgrade soil stabilization, engineering services, underground utilities, and other road construction topics. Download this app for Android or Apple.
Tensar International Corp. (Apple, Android, BlackBerry)
If you need recommendations and cost comparisons for flexible pavements and unpaved roads, check out the SpectraPave SP4 Mobile App. The app allows the designer to determine thickness requirements and determine cost savings of using a mechanically stabilized layer via Tensar TriAx Geogrids for subgrade stabilization. Part of the company's digital channel, TensarConnect platform, SP4 was developed in accordance with Giroud-Han design methodology. Output includes a breakdown of aggregate savings, undercut savings, and overall project cost savings. Download this app.
American Red Cross (Android, Apple)
The Red Cross Wildfires app has “Blaze Warnings” that lets you see where NOAA has issued wildfire warnings, “Blaze Alerts” will notify you when a new wildfire occurs, and the “Blaze Path Tracker” gives you the current view of the wildfire’s track and perimeter. You can also let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out and learn what steps you should take to prepare your family, home and pets—all from the palm of your hand. Download this app for Anrdoid or Apple.
Firehouse Software (Apple)
FHinspector is designed to improve fire and EMS agency operations by helping keep better records and manage critical information. The app combines iPad’s interface and live GPS with your inspections, pre-incident plans, and permits, allowing your department to tackle more inspections, faster. Download this app.
Noble Canary (Apple, Android)
You now can conduct a full or partial 29 CFR OSHA 1926 safety audit or a Program Evaluation Profile (PEP) right from your mobile device. For $99, the OSHA Construction Safety Auditing app allows you to check for compliance and mark each regulation as compliant, noncompliant, or not applicable. You can use it as a quick reference guide for appendices and definitions and attach custom notes and photos to each finding. When your audit is complete, you can compile and email a full report. It's especially sharp and easy to scroll through regulations with the iPad, but we recommend the iPad2 when using this app because of its built-in camera. Download this app.
For the same price, Noble Canary also offers the OSHA Audit app, with complete coverage of 29 CFR 1910. This app allows you to complete a full safety audit on your iPhone. Users can take their phones to the jobsite and create a new guided audit-taking photos, adding notes-and email a copy of the full audit report to the agency when they're done. Download this app.
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Apple, Android)
Workers and supervisors can use the OSHA Heat Safety Tool to calculate the heat index for their worksite, which then displays the resultant risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness - reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Download this app.
SAFTI FIRST (Apple)
Choose the right fire-rated glass and glazing product with the mySAFTI app. View fact sheets and size charts, and save your favorites or request more information via email. Download this app.
Jihoon Son (Web)
This map application shows users the nearest City of Chicago Recycling Drop-off center after they agree to share their location or click an area on the map. After choosing which drop-off center is best for you, the app then provides you with driving directions. You can choose City of Chicago Recycling Drop-off Center, Private Recycling Center, Pharmaceuticals Disposal Center, or Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling as one of the destinations. Each recycling facility icon, if clicked, will show the detailed information about each facility. Download this app.
Vasiliy Kuznetsov (Web)
Need to know where to drop off your recycling? Chicago Recycle Helper is a Web application that finds drop-off points for various materials to be recycled around the Chicago Metro area. All you have to do is enter an address, then choose the material you need to recycle from a drop-down menu. Download this app.
Xylem (Apple, Android)
Offered to Madison, Wis., residents, My Waste features a trash collection calendar that is tailored to each household. Residents can create custom reminders for their regular collection days and for holidays and special collections. It also provides detailed information on recycling, brush collections, and city drop-off sites. Download this app.
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability USA (Mobile, Web)
The Green Business Challenge App is a powerful and customizable web application that allows any city, town, or county to launch a friendly competition among its business community to save money, energy, water, and waste. The Green Business Challenge is a proven and cost-effective program co-developed by ICLEI and the City of Chicago; it not only helps businesses improve their environmental performance, it helps local governments meet their communitywide energy and sustainability goals. Participants access the app through the local government’s website, and use it to register, take a baseline survey, browse a library of tips and resources, update their achievements, view a scorecard that tracks their progress toward goals, read customized suggestions for ways to increase their score, and operate a carbon calculator. Program administrators can use the app to customize the program, view reports on participants’ progress, and send mass emails to maintain engagement. ICLEI offers an additional guidebook and toolkit on how to run a Green Business Challenge, which incorporates the experience of Chicago and other communities. Download this app.
HydroPoint (Android, Apple, Web)
The WeatherTRAK Smart Irrigation System combines controllers and other hardware, along with cloud-based applications and services to automate irrigation schedules based on landscape-specific parameters (such as plant, soil, slope and sprinkler type) to quickly establish optimal irrigation schedules that match the true water budget for each zone of a landscape. Uses local weather information to put the right amount of water out at the right time. Just enter basic information about your landscape and the service takes over from there. With the mobile app, you have mobile control anytime, anywhere. It has a streamlined alerts interface and one-touch customer support. Download this app.
National Stormwater Calculator (Mobile, Web)
EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners. Download this app.
Rain For Rent (Apple)
The TDH Pump Calculator is designed for hydraulic estimations from the field or office. Designed for engineers, field operators, and technicians, it allows for estimation of hydraulic conditions required for pump systems, making it easy to find the right equipment. Based on Hazen-Williams equations, simply enter the hydraulic parameters of your pumping system, and the app will return the Total Dynamic Head (TDH). Download this app.
The Model PH-1 Meter Application Accessory provides a real-time display of pH, millivolts, ambient temperature, and solution temperature. When used with a GPS-enabled device featuring a time/date/location stamp - it will record where and when the measurements were taken. Results can be grouped by location or date, and emailed to a central records office in .csv file format. It also works with location-aware devices to log the coordinates where readings were taken for analysis and auditing purposes. The app is designed for use with the Sensorex Model S200C/BNC combination pH electrode or the Sensorex Model S293/30K/BNC/2.5 three-in-one pH/reference/temperature electrode. More on this app.
Solinst Levelogger (Apple)
The Solinst Levelogger App has all the major programming and data viewing options of the Levelogger PC Software, and a few added features. Download logged data, or view real-time data in a graph or database format. E-mail downloaded data logs, or saved real-time data right from the App. Program your Leveloggers, or apply a saved Setting to begin your next sampling session. Download this app.
Xylem (Apple, Android)
Xylem customers can use the Xylect app to input their specific requirements and search for the ideal water or wastewater treatment product. Search by application or product type, or by inputting required flow and head. You can also identify all available spare parts for a product by inputting its serial number. Available in 18 languages. Download this app.
These are just a few apps out there to help you, your contractors, and your residents. Check out the following links for more even more apps:
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- Top 10 engineering apps on the iPhone
- The top 5 mobile apps for contractors
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