Whether you practice construction law, don a hard hat or draw up plans, your career demands that you stay up-to-date on industry news. While it’s not always easy finding time to scroll through the latest each morning, you can always find a spare moment during the day to power up the smartphone and get informed. Some of the big names in construction have created apps that deliver relevant news updates straight to your pocket. Make your life a little easier, and download these apps.
This free application covers news and the latest info that relates to the AEC professional. The user-friendly design makes it easy to find the news you need by separating coverage into sections such as News, Green, Marketing and Law. The app pulls news from notable sources, including Engineering News-Record, Architectural Record and Building Green. Also handy is the feature that allows you to share articles via email to friends or colleagues. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
The official application for the bi-monthly published AEC Magazine, this app is free to download and automatically includes the most recent issue. Coverage includes stories of software and hardware technologies and issues faced in the AEC industry. Flip pages with the swipe of a finger and bookmark favorite articles. New issues are available for purchase, as well as any back issues that you might want. The convenient Pixel Mags account used in the app keeps all of your magazines in one account, so you never have to worry about losing purchased copies. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Created by the world’s leading brand for construction professionals, this UK-based app keeps you current on all construction-related content. You’ll receive news updates as it happens throughout the day, categorized in news, finance, sustainability, contracts and more. This app is free for the first 30 days, and then requires a monthly subscription (£2.99/$4.64). However, Building News is well worth the pricetag—in addition to news, you’ll also get insight from key members in the industry, image galleries of new developments and even available jobs. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
A leading news provider for the UK construction industry, TCI offers comprehensive coverage of news and issues that affect the industry world-wide. This free app provides news stories as well as relevant updates from the application’s Twitter feed. If you’re located in the UK, you might also find their product and service search function quite useful in finding new suppliers. Compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Katie Frasier is a writer at Work Boot News, a website dedicated to providing relevant, entertaining content for tradespeople, insight from industry members, and featuring reviews of work boots.