20 Best Construction Project Management Apps in 2023
Saying that the market for mobile applications in the field of construction management have recently expanded would be an understatement. In recent years there has been a massive rise when it comes to the amount and the variety of construction management apps developed for portable devices. This all happened due to one particular advantage that mobile devices can offer – mobility. And mobility might just be one of the biggest advantages that any construction management app can offer right now.
The construction market is massive, and it keeps growing at an incredible pace – bringing in more revenue and offering more jobs. For example, Businesswire.com predicts that we will see a total construction market value of $22,873.96 billion in the year 2026, which is almost twice as much as the $13,570.90 billion value that this market had in 2021. At the same time, the employment rates in relation to the total workforce are massive – about 8.8% of the total US workforce is just the construction industry, which is an incredibly high result for an industry this complicated.
Construction project management in its entirety is both theoretical and practical, meaning that a lot of work would need to be done on site. In most cases, you can’t just bring your working PC to the site and always work there – this is where construction apps come in.
That’s not to say that both the flashlight app and the regular calculator are now useless – they still have their use cases, but the field of construction project management deals with a lot more than that – they try to bring at least some of the standalone software functionality in the form of an application that can be installed on a mobile device.
This process is not as easy as it might seem from the first glance. One of the prime problems in this case is the difference in the way you interact with mobile devices – that’s why not all of the construction app vendors are just putting their regular desktop interface in the form of an app and barely adjust it afterwards. This is where the definition of a construction management app begins to change slightly for everyone.
In this article we’ll look at various examples of construction project management apps. It’s fair to say that they tend to differ greatly depending on a lot of factors, from the position of the person that is going to be using the app, to the problem that the app in question aims to solve. Our list includes applications like:
- Autodesk BIM 360 Field/Plan/Glue
- iNeo Pro Field Daily Reports
- Punch List & Site Audit Report
- Aconex (Oracle)
- PlanGrid Build Field App
- Zoho Project
Now we’ll go over each of the applications above in slightly more detail.
1. Autodesk BIM 360 Field/Plan/Glue
Autodesk BIM 360 is a combination of construction applications, with each of these applications working with a limited set of features.
BIM 360 Field is all about report generation and issue marking, promoting accurate and quick problem reports and transferring them between on-site workers and their remote counterparts.
BIM 360 Plan is more focused on resource planning and production, it can be used in many different ways with the same goal – saving both time and money by properly calculating expenses and through other means.
BIM 360 Glue, as the name suggests, is a general-purpose mobile application for viewing BIM models, both online and offline. Additionally, BIM 360 Glue is capable of interacting with intelligent objects in several ways.
All three of these construction project management apps are free on their own. Still, they are attached to a comprehensive BIM platform called Autodesk BIM 360 – a comprehensive BIM platform that offers an abundance of BIM-related features, including easier collaboration, detailed analytics, quality management, document management, and more. At the same time, BIM 360 is not a free solution, and there is no public pricing available for this specific solution, meaning that every customer would have to contact Autodesk to receive some sort of price tag for this platform.
Revizto for iPad manages to fit almost all of the features that the regular desktop Revizto software can provide into one single application, thus making various BIM operations far easier than before.
Revizto’s mobile app can work with both 2D and 3D plans and models, enables custom properties for objects, supports point clouds, utilizes project status interactions in the form of photos, and all of that – using the same interface that you’ve been using with your desktop Revizto software.
Revizto follows the same pattern as BIM 360 here – the iOS app is free, but the platform it works with is not. Additionally, Revizto does not have any public pricing available on its website, meaning customers would have to contact the company independently to get a price tag. At the same time, this approach leaves more room for personalization in terms of payments so that smaller companies do not have to pay for features or elements that are not needed for their scale of work.
Clockshark is one of those applications that are technically construction project management-related, although it does focus on only one single feature – time tracking. With Clockshark, it’s easy to track various time-centered parameters of your construction crew, and there are also other features that make this process more user-friendly. These features are time tracking automation, cloud-based time tracking, easy integration with many different construction apps, and so on.
ClockShark’s app is free, but using it requires an active subscription for the service itself – this also includes a 14-day free trial. Other than that, ClockShark has two different pricing plans. A Standard pricing plan is a great choice for smaller businesses, with $16 per month for a base license and $7 more for that same period for every additional user that needs to be tracked. This includes basic GPS tracking, attendance/time tracking, third-party integrations, and more. A Pro pricing plan, on the other hand, is almost twice as expensive, with $30 per month as a base license and an additional payment of $9 per every additional user – while offering clock-out questions, multi-office controls, advanced job cost controls, paid time off, etc.
It is also worth noting that ClockShark has both a monthly and a yearly payment model, and paying for a year of service up-front is cheaper because two out of twelve months are being provided for free in this case. Additionally, ClockShark offers a 50% discount for all new users for the first three months of payment (does not include additional per-user fees).
4. iNeo Pro Field Daily Reports
Once again, the main feature is in the name – iNeo Pro Field Daily Reports is an application about professional reports. It can work with both daily reports and less frequent, but more detailed reports, as well.
All of the reports created in iNeo Pro Field can easily be chared using either e-mail or one of the cloud storages, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and others. You can easily attach various notes and photos to each of your reports, and the reduction in time for a person to create a report allows for more time when it comes to more important construction-related tasks.
Smaller contractors could use iNeo Pro Field Daily Reports for free since their Basic plan should be capable of accommodating several needs that a small company would have. Aside from the Basic plan, a Pro plan ($9.99 per month per user) gives project-sharing capabilities, extensive site reports, and more. It is also important to mention an Advanced plan ($19.99 per month per user), which expands upon the Pro plan’s features, bringing custom forms, report sharing, report storage in the cloud, and custom checklists.
More geared towards smaller or medium-sized construction companies, CoConstruct is a comprehensive construction project management app with their sights set on various design-build companies, custom builders and remodelers.
The application itself has both standalone and web-based versions, capable of working with both Android and iOS devices, and offers a surprisingly broad list of features.
Some of these features are:
- task management;
- budget management;
- choosing materials and/or designs;
- various communication with client (including status reports), and more.
CoConstruct’s pricing model is complicated. The app is free, but the service uses a subscription-based model. Three tiers have different advantages and features. They can also be billed on a monthly basis or once a year, making the final pricing confusing.
First of all, there are three main pricing plans that CoConstruct has – Essential, Advanced, and Complete. An Essential plan ($399 per month) is a more basic package that offers project scheduling, email marketing, daily logs, receipts, etc. An Advanced plan ($699 per month) is a bit more versatile in comparison, working with proposals, budgeting, bills, surveys, WIP reports, bid management, and change orders. Lastly, there is a Complete plan ($1,299 per month), which is the ultimate package of everything CoConstruct can offer – RFIs, warranties, selections, and every other feature mentioned in previous subscription tiers.
The first point of confusion here is the fact that CoConstruct offers a discount for all of its new users for the first two months, dropping an Essential plan’s price down to $99/month while also cutting a large part of both Advanced (down to $399/month) and Complete (down to $899/month) plans. Additionally, CoConstruct has an annual billing option, which offers another discount for all three plans’ base prices. With that in mind, the Essential plan costs $339/month, Advanced is now $599/month, and Complete is $1,099/month.
6. Punch List & Site Audit Report
Another example of technical placement on the list, Punch List & Site Audit Report is an app that is focused solely on punch lists. The existence of the ability to simply list all of the potential problems of a specific project, or problems at the current stage in the on-site work, is capable of heavily influencing the outcome of the entire project as a whole. This app can also operate with notes and photos added as attachments to your lists and reports, and the general user-friendliness inspires users to work with it even more.
Punch List & Site Audit Report is a free app, but some of its capabilities are considered “premium” and thus inaccessible without an active subscription. The subscription is $5.99 for a month and $35.99 for an entire year, with the ability to pay for extra years for the same prices. This app is also one of the few applications in this field that offer lifetime licensing for a single purchase of $189.99.
Fieldwire fashions themselves as a “fully featured blueprint management solution” – which makes accessing and sharing models one of the primary features of the app. Fieldwire’s construction project app allows users to access the most relevant project model from anywhere, and the app itself can be downloaded for both iOS and Android.
Offline model view is also available when it comes to Fieldwire and its capabilities, as well as some other features – sheet hyperlinking, adding annotations and markups, attaching photos, quickly importing drawings and blueprings, and so on.
As with most examples in this article, Fieldwire’s mobile app is free, but you would have to have a Fieldwire subscription active to use it in the first place. Fieldwire has three (four) subscription tiers, depending on whether we can count a timed free trial as a separate subscription tier. Fieldwire calls this kind of free trial its Basic tier, and there are also Pro, Business, and Enterprise tiers. A Pro subscription tier is $54 per user per month, offering unlimited projects and sheets, custom task statuses, sheet comparison, email support, etc.
A Business subscription tier – $74 per month per user – includes everything mentioned before, as well as phone support, custom forms, BIM viewer, and cloud platform synchronization. The last subscription tier is Enterprise, which does not have a public price in the first place (only negotiated). Still, it does have SSO, API access, a dedicated account manager, and company-wide usage for the app in question.
Another variation of reporting application is called GoCanvas, and this one is geared more towards contractors and contractor-specific use cases. There are two main features that GoCanvas provides – filling out various reports, and creating forms. The first feature is extremely useful when it comes to filling out inspection forms, audits, work orders, estimates, etc. The second feature is more case-specific and mostly used for less known operations and tasks. Additionally, GoCanvas supports exporting into PDF format and file sharing of all of your forms and filled out documents, making it one of the best construction management apps in this field.
GoCanvas’s free version contains a 10-day free trial, which must be turned into a paid subscription. There are three subscription tiers that GoCanvas can offer – Business, Professional, and Enterprise. A Business tier ($50.99 per month) offers HIPAA compliance, app builder, offline access, standard integrations, and live customer support. A Professional tier ($61.99 per month) is an extension of the previous tier, offering scheduled dispatch, full API access, business insights, workflow automation, and even SSO support. An Enterprise tier is everything that GoCanvas can offer (with no public pricing available), with features such as custom integrations, invoiced billing, analytics dashboard, pulse alerts, and more.
Moving away from reporting applications, FingerCad is a comprehensive mobile application that allows for actual modeling operations with nothing but your mobile device. It supports several different formats (with .DXF being one of them), and can be used for both quick drawings and advanced modeling operations. All of that is thanks to FingerCad’s interface, which is, while complicated, is actually offering a lot of features from desktop modeling software – to be used with your mobile device.
FingerCad is one of the few construction project management apps that does not have a full-scale software counterpart, which is where its relatively small price comes from. FingerCad is not a free solution, but it costs as little as $2.99 and does not require any additional purchases for the entire app to work.
10. Oracle Aconex
Aconex is a relatively popular information management platform that Oracle has recently acquired. One of the results of this acquisition is Oracle Aconex – a multifunctional construction project app that offers several useful features for construction and engineering projects. For example, Oracle Aconex can view and interact with various drawings and design documents. There are features like working with project mail, gaining access to your project-related tasks, attaching photos or videos to your annotations, and more.
As with almost any other app on this list, Oracle Aconex is a free app that would be useless without its mainline desktop counterpart – and that product has a price. Unfortunately, there is no public price available for Oracle Aconex, making it difficult to assess the service as a whole, as well as the usability of the app.
When it comes to original approach to the best construction management applications, BuilderStorm is as unusual as it gets. While technically there is no dedicated app from BuilderSoft themselves, adaptive web design allows for the usage of their cloud-based construction management platform from most of the modern devices. This list includes desktop, Android and iOS devices, making it a jack-of-all-trades of sorts.
As for the platform itself, BuilderStorm offers several different construction-related features, such as reporting, procurement management, schedule management, project tracking, accessing files in the cloud, and so on.
While BuilderStorm’s website has a wealth of information, such as its case studies and specific features, there is no information about the app’s price.
There are four fields in which BuilderTREND mobile app excels at – financial management, project management, customer account management and presales management. As for the particular features, there are:
- bid requests;
- purchase orders;
- plan markups;
- CRM functions, etc.
BuilderTREND as an app is free, but the project management platform itself is not – it has no free version and no free trial, but there is a demo that you can schedule on a case-by-case basis. As for the solution pricing, there are three subscription tiers available – Essential, Advanced, and Complete. All three of these subscription tiers have a discount of sorts that only works for the first two months of using the service – an Essential tier goes from $99 per month to $399 per month, an Advanced plan starts from $399 per month but then turns into $699 per month, and a Complete subscription is progressing from $899 per month to $1,299 per month.
With that being said, these subscription tiers vary quite a lot – an Essential tier offers basic features such as scheduling, lead management, email marketing, to-do lists, invoices, and daily logs. An Advanced tier adds budgeting, lead proposals, estimates, receipt management, and surveys to the previous tier. A Complete tier includes everything above, as well as RFIs, warranties, and selections, among other features.
PlanGrid Build Field is a construction app that specializes in drawing and document management, as well as collaboration between teams within the same project. Some of the features of this app are presented below.
- automatic hyperlinks for faster navigation;
- distribution of issue reports via rolling log;
- RFI lifecycle management;
- easy and fast drawing viewer;
- synchronization, and more.
The PlanGrid Build app is free, but it also requires a full-scale solution such as Autodesk Build to work in the first place – and it is even possible to purchase one of three existing Autodesk Build versions directly from the app itself. As such, there is Autodesk Build 550 ($49.99 per month), Autodesk Build 5000 ($79.99 per month), and Autodesk Build Unlimited ($139.99 per month). The biggest difference between the three is the number of sheets that can be kept up per account – 550 sheets for the smallest version, 5,000 sheets for the medium offering, and an unlimited sheet number for the most expensive option.
While some of the examples above were more suited for custom building processes and remodeling operations, Procore’s construction project management app is more suited for companies that specialize in mass construction with less variety.
For example, with Procore you can access project directory, see schedules, track drawing set versions, mark up drawings/RFIs, interact with project data in many ways (both locally and remotely), log various daily activities on site (from weather to labor), and more.
Additionally, Procore can utilize the capabilities of your mobile device to provide some additional features, such as attaching photos from camera directly to your punch lists or drawings, or scanning QR codes to locate various building project submittals from Procore.
While the app is free, Procore as a service is still a premium product, so it is important to mention its price. Unfortunately, Procore does not have any public information about its pricing brackets, meaning that every potential client would have to get a custom quote for their use case to have some understanding of Procore’s pricing.
Solocator is another case-specific application, and this one specializes in adding more context to on-site photos. Solocator allows you to add various data to your photos, such as date, altitude, direction, and GPS coordinates. This is extremely helpful in many different cases, such as progress reports, issue reports, repairs, snags, and so on. That way, you won’t need to manually explain context for each of your photos, if they’ll already have both latitude and longitude added to them.
Solocator is one of the few construction project management apps on this list that is not a mobile extension of a full-scale project management platform, making its pricing model rather tame. The app costs $0.99 – offering information about photos, such as GPS coordinates, altitude, bearing, date, time, and even a local time zone. There is also an expansion of sorts called the Industry Pack, which costs an additional $4.99 on top of the app’s own price, offering additional features – street address, customizable fields for project name/photo description/photo author, different coordinate formats (UTM/MGRS), etc.
Clockify as a service has quite the reputation of being one of the best time-tracking tools on the market, offering a large number of supported devices to work with – including both desktops and smartphones. Clockify offers the ability to perform location tracking, generate thorough reports, calculate billable hours, and, of course, track your time via a built-in timer or manually inputting numbers. It can also be integrated with about a hundred different applications and software appliances, has a rather extensive free version, and even offers a self-hosted variant of its service for better security and privacy, if necessary.
Even though Clockify offers a lot of its features for free, they also have as many as five different pricing plans – that includes the free plan, of course. Other plans are Basic, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise. A Basic plan ($4.99 per user per month) is a relatively small extension of the Free plan, with bulk editing, project templates, and time audit capabilities. A Standard plan ($6.99 per user per month) can lock timesheets, has a QuickBooks integration, and can force 2FA over the entire team. A Pro plan ($9.99 per user per month) adds scheduling and forecasting to the feature list while supporting features such as GPS tracking. Last but not least is the Enterprise plan ($14.99 per user per month) – with its SSO support, audit log capabilities, custom subdomains, and more.
17. Zoho Projects
It has become fairly common for various software and entire platforms to be based in the cloud – and Zoho Projects is one such example, a construction project management application that is based entirely in the cloud. It is targeted mostly at smaller and mid-sized companies, with various project management features – time management, collaboration, third-party integrations, task management, automation capabilities, as well as a lot of customization. It would be fair to mention that Zoho does have a free plan, but it is quite limited in its capabilities – paid plans, on the other hand, offer a lot of value for their price.
There are only two main pricing plans that Zoho offers – Premium and Enterprise. Zoho Projects Premium (€5 per user per month) has task automation via blueprints, advanced issue reports, Gantt charts, resource utilization statistics, business rules, and so on. On the other hand, Zoho Projects Enterprise (€10 per user per month), is far more enterprise-oriented, offering SLAs for Issues, SSO support, portfolio dashboards, custom fields, dependencies between projects, and many more other features.
Several previous examples could be applied to the project management industry as a whole, but there are also enough solutions that only target the construction industry as their primary audience. TeamGantt is one such solution, focusing most of its features on construction project management tasks. It can act as a centralized project management hub for multiple projects while also offering the ability to work with tasks, reports, portfolios, calendars, etc. It has many collaboration-related features and a dedicated mobile app that is more than just the web version of the full-scale solution. Unfortunately, it is also quite limited in what it can offer for free, with a limitation of only one project at a time being one of the biggest ones.
TeamGantt has three different pricing plans – Lite, Pro, and Enterprise. A Lite plan ($24 per month for one manager) can offer all of TeamGantt’s core features, with the addition of integrations, calendars, boards, and lists. A Pro plan ($59 per month for a single manager) turns off all of the previously existing limitations in terms of how many tasks can be created at once while also having time tracking, estimates, portfolio management, workload management, and more. An Enterprise plan ($99 for one manager billed monthly) is the only subscription tier that has no limits in terms of how many projects can be kept up at the same time, combined with uptime SLA, security reviews, a dedicated account manager, etc.
ClickUp is a versatile construction project management platform that has a multitude of different features suitable for this particular job. It has templates, comments, variations of proofing, a map view, column calculations, and even offline mode. It can be used to calculate estimates, visualize workflows, automate tasks, manage resources, and many other operations. ClickUp also has a mobile app that offers most of the aforementioned features while providing unprecedented mobility to its users.
While ClickUp’s construction project management app is free, the project management platform has multiple different subscription levels. ClickUp does have a basic version of its software that is completely free and has a lot of functionality – whiteboards, time tracking, unlimited members, and so on. Other subscription tiers are Unlimited, Business, Business Plus, and Enterprise.
Each of these subscription tiers has its own merits and is suitable for a rather specific category of clients:
- Unlimited plan ($5 per user per month) is for smaller teams and is more or less the free version with no limitations
- Business ($12 per user per month) plan is for companies that are a bit bigger and have to have features such as workload management, precise time estimates, and extensive automation,
- Business Plus ($19 per user per month) plan is for situations where there is a need to manage multiple full-sized teams at once, with features such as custom permissions and priority support,
- Enterprise plan is the only plan with no public pricing, offering enterprise-level API access, SSO support, a dedicated manager for your company, white labeling, etc.
Some applications are even more specific than targeting a niche of construction project management apps and software. SmartUse is a good example of this – hyper-focusing on a trivial document-sharing feature to make it as accessible and feature-rich as possible. SmartUse excels in document management, side-by-side viewing, document search, sorting, etc. The fact that SmartUse is a cloud-based service also makes it extremely easy for the solution itself to act as a single source of truth, offering documents to all project participants in their most up-to-date state.
SmartUse’s pricing policy is also relatively simple – there is no free version, but there is a free 30-day trial is available. There are also three different subscription tiers available – Standard, Team, and Enterprise. A Standard plan (for $65 per month per user, with the ability to reduce this price down to $49 per month per user if you decide to pay up-front for an entire year or service) has most of what SmartUse can offer, including unlimited documents in the system, issue tracking, markups, hyperlinks, and even some of the enterprise-level features, such as API integration, SSO and a dedicated manager.
A Team plan, on the other hand, is almost exactly the same as a Standard plan, with the biggest difference being annual billing and the plan itself being available only for teams with five or more members at once (with a price tag of $39 per month per user). Last but not least is an Enterprise plan, which does not have a public price tag, and only works for companies that pay for over 20 users at the same time.
It’s safe to say that the construction project management apps market is massive, and it’s tough to compare most of the applications, since a lot of them are used in very specific use cases or very specific types of work. That being said, this kind of variety on the market allows for any user to find the exact construction app that they want.