Contractor Software Goes Mobile with Smartphone and Tablet Apps

With an average age of 58, according to 2018 National Electrical 
Contractors Association (NECA) figures, electrical contractors might not
 fall into the “early adopters” category, when it comes to technology 
use. However, electrical pros are increasingly seeing the value in the 
range of construction software and other productivity tools now 
available as mobile device apps. NetPak Featuring NetPricer

Chuck Ross

With an average age of 58, according to 2018 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) figures, electrical contractors might not fall into the “early adopters” category, when it comes to technology use. However, electrical pros are increasingly seeing the value in the range of construction software and other productivity tools now available as mobile device apps.

“Over the past five years, contractors have been flooded with mobile apps from construction software companies and distributors wanting them to use their apps,” says Sal Huerta, vice president for business development for ElectricSmarts, developer of the NetPak suite of contractor tools. “So, naturally contractors’ usage of these apps has grown.”

NECA has recognized the growing importance of technology to contractors’ daily work in a recent overhaul to its training programs for both apprentice and journeyman electricians. The effort began with adding building information modeling software into their class lineup. It has expanded to include electronic documentation and collaboration software.

Bringing such technology onto mobile platforms, such as cellphones and tablets, can give contractors access to information they’re used to having at their fingertips when they’re back in the office. This can include getting bid pricing from distributors, ad access to searchable libraries of up-to-date manufacturers’ catalogs as well as to detailed product data.

“Contractors have always been looking for ways to become more efficient, so having access to the same catalog and pricing information that they have in the office is a huge benefit,” Huerta says, adding that developers now are working to bring even more capabilities to project jobsites. “Contractors are also looking to video and other new technologies to assist their employees in the field.”


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