Useful iPhone Apps for Construction

Got an iPhone? Want to get rid of a few of the bulky and/or heavy tools in your toolbox?

You can find a few apps to lighten your load and make your workday go a little smoother. Here are a few favorites:

iHandy Carpenter ($1.99)

The Swiss Army knife of construction apps, iHandy Carpenter includes five handy tools in one. It has a plumb bob, a surface level, a bubble level bar, a steel protractor, and a steel ruler.

Each tool in the app features a wood grain background. Used separately or together, these tools can help you perform a variety of tasks on the job, while freeing up some space in your toolbox.

Carpenter’s Helper Lite (Free)

Perform important calculations on the go with this handy app. Featuring normal calculations like a standard calculator, unit calculations in both English and Metric, and Pitch/Rise/Run/Diagonal calculations, this app puts some powerful functions at your fingertips.

Fast Concrete Pad Calculator ($1.99)

Now that you’ve got your carpentry calculations taken care of, you can add the Fast Concrete Pad Calculator to quickly figure out how much concrete and rebar you’ll need for your concrete pad project.

This handy app also calculates your materials cost, and you can email your estimates to a colleague or client from the app.

Architect’s Formulator ($9.99)

Architect’s Formulator earns its keep with more than 400 formulas to help you complete your project.

This app includes formulas for electrical, carpentry, and plumbing calculations, along with concrete and excavations formulas. With it, you can figure out how much concrete you’ll need for a job, how many bricks for a wall, weight of materials, beam loads, and many more calculations.

AutoCAD 360 (Free, Option to Subscribe)

AutoCAD 360 is a drawing and drafting app. With the free version, you can view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings using a free AutoCAD 360 online account. You can work offline and upload changes later, use your phone’s GPS for drawing orientation, and zoom and pan to navigate large drawings.

This app’s design review and markup tools can help simplify and speed up your site visits, improving efficiency for the project.

With a $4.99 monthly subscription, you can add the ability to create new drawings, support larger file sizes, use third-party online storage, and get access to additional tools.


For easy project navigation and presentation, BIMx provides a handy solution. Able to handle both complex 3D building models and 2D navigation, this app lets you share your designs with clients and colleagues.

This app includes fly and walk modes, real-time 3D cutaway, a photo-realistic mode, and easy finger controls for simple and beautiful presentations.

Expensify (Free)

One of the most popular and highest-rated expense reporting apps available, Expensify captures receipts, tracks time and mileage, records business travel, and creates reports from your data.

For most transactions, all you have to do is take a photo of your receipt and choose which report the expense belongs to. You can enter your time worked and hourly rate for quick time sheet reporting, and can easily email reports to your accountant or bookkeeper.

These are just a few of the apps that can help you streamline your workflow and boost your efficiency. Got another favorite app that replaces one of your tools? Feel free to share it in the comments!


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