Hunting the Popular Construction Apps

Tong Liu*, Anuradha Mathrani, Jasper Mbachu

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Mobile computing offers several benefits which could help construction workers improve efficiency and productivity. However, the uptake of the technology is quite low in the industry, with little research on key constraint factors and the priority needs of the construction workforce. This study aimed to achieve three key objectives: 1) to identify the smartphone operating systems used by construction workers, 2) to identify barriers to greater uptake of mobile app technology in New Zealand Construction Industry, and 3) to determine the popularity of construction apps and their key features. Through interview-based exploratory survey method, feedback received from members of the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand was analyzed using content analysis and descriptive statistics methods. Results showed that 70% of the smart phones used by construction workers were based on iPhone's iOS, while 28% were based on Android platform, with other platforms having a small market share. Six factors were found to constrain the uptake of mobile apps in the industry, the most influential being cost of software and licensing. Findings in relation to the popular apps and their key features showed that PlanGrid - a cloud-based project collaboration and management system - was the most popular with a rating of 5/5. Others included JobFlex - an estimating and tendering software, Procore - used for project management, and SmartBidNet - used for bid management. The findings could help app developers understand the specific needs of construction workers, and improve wider uptake of mobile apps in the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Asia-Pacific World Congress on Computer Science and Engineering 2016 and Asia-Pacific World Congress on Engineering 2016, APWC on CSE/APWCE 2016
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509057535
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Asia-Pacific World Congress on Computer Science and Engineering 2016 - Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Denarau Island, Fiji
Duration: 4 Dec 20166 Dec 2016
Conference number: 3rd


Conference3rd Asia-Pacific World Congress on Computer Science and Engineering 2016
Abbreviated titleAPWC on CSE 2016
CityDenarau Island
Internet address


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