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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: