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Construction Estimating Software

Construction estimating software enables contractors and builders to accurately estimate project costs. Construction cost estimation software is used by home builders, contractors, and architects to effectively manage construction budgets. Also, construction cost estimating software is common with interior and landscape designers to quickly and efficiently produce accurate and competitively-priced proposals to potential customers. Contractor estimating software also offers features such as job and sub-contractor scheduling, blueprint scanning and auto-updating materials pricing databases. Construction Estimating software is related to Construction Accounting software, Architectural Drafting software, Construction CRM software and Construction Management software.

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MYOB Advanced is designed specifically to help construction businesses easily manage projects from anywhere, anytime on any device. Learn more about MYOB Advanced Construction
The MYOB Advanced Construction is part of the MYOB Advanced cloud ERP platform, where you can manage your projects with ease anywhere, anytime on any device. Improve collaboration across teams, streamline time-intensive processes to avoid delayed projects and have access to complete project visibility with the MYOB Advanced Construction. Learn more about MYOB Advanced Construction

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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NOW: Starting @ $49/m for the WHOLE company, Contractor Foreman is the most affordable solution for small and medium sized contractors. Learn more about Contractor Foreman
NOW: Starting @ $49/m for the WHOLE company, Contractor Foreman is the most affordable all-in-one solution for small and medium trade and general contractors who want a better way to manage their projects. *FREE Trial + 100 Day Guarantee* Easy to use and rated as a Top App and Best Value. Save thousands compared to other systems. Integrates with QuickBooks. Use it on the phone, tablet, and computer. Time Cards, Estimates, Online Payments, Daily Logs, Scheduling, and 35 other great features. Learn more about Contractor Foreman

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Cloud based project management tool with features that include scheduling, estimating, bidding, job costing, selections and many more. Learn more about Buildertrend
Buildertrend is the leading residential construction project management software trusted by home builders, remodelers and specialty contractors. Since 2006, we’ve empowered contractors to take control of projects and bring efficiency, organization and seamless communication to their businesses. Builders can manage jobs, sales, finances, materials, client relationships and more on one convenient platform. To learn more about Buildertrend, visit buildertrend.com and @buildertrend. Learn more about Buildertrend

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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Estimating and job costing software designed for civil construction: heavy, highway, utility, infrastructure, paving, grading, and more Learn more about SharpeSoft Estimator
Ideal for civil, heavy/highway, utility, grading, excavating, paving, and pipeline contractors, this comprehensive yet user-friendly program flows like an estimator thinks. Advanced features include Item Masters for saving entire bid items for easy reuse, importing of DOT job bid items, the Trench Profiler for quick and accurate underground utility material takeoffs, and Material/Subcontractor Comparison sheets for quick and effortless importing and analysis of vendor pricing. Learn more about SharpeSoft Estimator

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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InEight Construction Estimating software helps you create more accurate and timely project estimates and improve the project ROI. Learn more about InEight
InEight Construction Estimating software includes industry-leading features that are optimized for construction cost estimating and construction budget management. Our software allows your teams to have complete control of construction cost management. We can help you increase by 25% the amount of work estimated by your current staff. With our software, you can streamline the construction estimating process and deliver more projects on time and on budget. Learn more about InEight

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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The leading accounting software for small businesses. Instant access to customer, vendor and employee information.
QuickBooks Enterprise (For a Limited Time, Save Up to 55%, Sale Ends 12/3!) is an end-to-end construction software that can grow with your business. It provides all the tools your construction business needs, yet is easy to use. You can organize your books, manage inventory, track sales, and even run payroll, but at the fraction of the cost. With QuickBooks Enterprise, you save thousands of dollars a year vs. comparable solutions. Take a free test drive today. Learn more about QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

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  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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Procore Estimating Software is purpose built for the construction industry. Adjust material prices, labor units, & profit margins.
Upload plans and perform a quantity takeoff using a customizable database of parts, assemblies, equipment, and services. Leverage auto-count and plan overlay to speed up the takeoff process. Takeoff data flows directly to construction estimating software ensuring ease of use. Simply adjust material prices, labor units, profit margins, and create a customer-facing construction proposal. Learn more about Procore

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
  • What-if Analysis
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
  • Quotes/Estimates
Empower your teams to create competitive estimates by leveraging accurate 2D takeoffs and model-based quantities.
Accurate takeoffs drive competitive estimates. Win more work by delivering timely estimates made from precise takeoffs. A cloud-based platform ensures you're always working with the latest documents, and enables you to collaborate efficiently with every construction team. Learn more about Autodesk Construction Cloud

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Multiple Projects
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ClockShark is the leading mobile GPS time tracking & scheduling software for local construction, field service, and contractors.
ClockShark is the leading mobile GPS time tracking and scheduling software built for field service and construction businesses that want a simpler way to track employee time, run payroll, and understand job costs. Over 9,500 companies and 100,000 field service & construction professionals have replaced the hassle of paper timesheets with software that makes it easier to run their business and keeps accountants happy. Don't take our word for it, start a free trial today! Learn more about ClockShark

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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Easy-to-use, cloud-based takeoff and estimating software for construction contractors. Mac & PC compatible. FREE training and support!
From project evaluation, takeoff and estimating, to construction and closeout, contractors use STACK’s cloud-based software to help run their businesses and maximize profits. - Access project plans anytime, anywhere, from any device - Bid more work, in less time. - Eliminate costly estimating errors. - Leverage a library of pre-built & custom material databases. - Includes material cost database & option to import your own custom pricing. Bid Faster. Win More. Build Smarter with STACK! Learn more about STACK

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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Bluebeam, the #1 construction estimation software that connects external apps, automates workflows, and so much more.
Elevate your construction projects with the #1 construction estimation software in the industry. With Bluebeam's suite of architecture solutions, you'll gain a seamless, Cloud-based collaboration tools for your entire team. Why wait for updates when you can have real-time, on-the-go access to every component of any project? Edit both 2D and 3D PDFs with smart tools designed to help your team improve quality, stay on budget, and easily create takeoffs and accurate bid proposals. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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QuickBooks is an end-to-end accounting software that can grow with your business.
QuickBooks Online Advanced (Save 50%) helps general & specialty contractors organize their books, complete tasks faster with automated approvals, reminders, batch invoicing & customized access by role in the field or the office. Turn estimates into invoices & track project profitability with advanced reporting, track employees' hours with our TSheets integration, and use our Intuit Field Service Management (IFSM) add-on for work order scheduling & dispatch system. All with 24/7 support. Learn more about QuickBooks Online Advanced

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
  • Quotes/Estimates
Web-based residential construction estimating software to handle estimates, bids, contracts, selections and more.
CoConstruct is the #1 highest-rated residential construction estimating tool for custom builders and remodelers. It¿s the only all-in-one tool for custom home builders and remodelers that allows you to enter your data once, and have that information flow through the estimate to the specs, selections, bid requests, proposals, change orders, purchase orders, and budget ¿ including a full integration with QuickBooks. Learn more about CoConstruct

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
  • What-if Analysis
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
  • Quotes/Estimates
Houzz Pro is the #1 construction estimating and business management solution for contractors.
Houzz Pro is the #1 construction estimating and business management solution for contractors. Get an all-in-one solution that spans the full customer lifecycle, including estimates, takeoffs, marketing, CRM, 3D floor plans, project management, selections, online invoicing & payments, QuickBooks integration, and a client portal. Start a free trial to see why thousands of Pros trust Houzz Pro to grow & manage their business. Plans are available for all business sizes starting at $129/month. Learn more about Houzz Pro

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
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  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
  • Quotes/Estimates
AccuLynx is the best roofing software designed to help contractors manage and grow their business.
AccuLynx is the first & only all-in-one roofing business management software designed to empower roofing contractors to streamline their work and grow their business. Packed with powerful project management and collaboration features, it provides all the tools roofers need to effectively manage every aspect of the job, resulting in higher profits & happier customers. AccuLynx is developed & supported in the USA, with in-house dedicated customer success resources. Learn more about AccuLynx

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
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  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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Estimating, Project Management and Productivity Tools for Construction Projects.
Discover how over 500,000 pros in 75 countries estimate faster and more accurately with UDA ConstructionSuite. Designed for general contractors, residential builders, and subcontractors, ConstructionSuite manages over $65 billion in projects and features real estimating with industry-specific tools like RSMeans Cost Data, AIA payment applications, estimate templates, true bi-directional QuickBooks integration, Change Order management, and integration with leading CAD programs. Get started today. Learn more about UDA ConstructionSuite

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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Trusted by +850,000 pros as the all-in-one construction management software designed to help finish jobs on time and under budget.
Starting at $4,400 USD, ConstructionOnline is the #1 rated software trusted by +850,000 pros as the premier platform designed to help finish jobs on time and under budget. Increase profits with integrated estimating & takeoff, change order tracking, and client selections. Avoid delays with Gantt chart scheduling and centralized communication. Real-time dashboards lead to more informed decisions and keep projects on track. Get your demo and see how to build better, faster & smarter. Learn more about ConstructionOnline

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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For infrastructure contractors bidding projects ranging from $1,000 to over $1 billion.
Used by more than 50,000 estimators and 45 of the ENR Top 50 heavy civil contractors, HeavyBid estimating software quickly and accurately prepares a detailed cost estimate based on previous work; and then easily converts it into a bid. Plus, compare subcontractor and supplier quotes and conduct self-perform versus subcontractor analysis. Learn more about HeavyBid

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
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  • Subcontractor Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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Ready to level up your business? Be more professional, profitable, organized, and efficient. Free consultation. Free trial.
Trying to get organized? Does your team know what's going on with your customers? Is all the business information in your head? Do you want your program to be EXACTLY what you want it to be? Try JobNimbus 2 Weeks for free, no credit card required. Learn more about JobNimbus

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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Digital plan management and takeoff & estimating software for the construction industry.
The easiest digital plan management and takeoff software for the construction industry. Measure footage, pitch and angles in seconds with a simple point and clicks, and use drag and drop parts and assemblies to quickly calculate material and labor costs. Bid jobs faster than ever before with this estimating software. Find areas, wall length totals and count items simply by clicking on them. Learn more about PlanSwift

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  • Audit Trail
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Deliver a customer experience that matches your craftsmanship. Learn why many of the nation's top contractors already rely on Leap.
Estimates taking too long? Paperwork piling up? Schedules never syncing? Say goodbye to the painful process with Leap! Leap is the complete platform for the professional contractor. Whether you’re a neighborhood contractor or a national franchise, Leap gives you the tools you need to handle everything from sales to production management to customer service – all in a single platform. Learn more about Leap

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  • Audit Trail
  • Historical Database
  • Project Management
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  • Accounting Integration
  • Takeoff
  • Customisable Templates
  • Multiple Projects
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RSMeans Data Online (15% off new subscriptions) is cloud-based access to North America's leading construction cost database.
RSMeans Data Online (shop now and save 15% off new subscriptions for a limited time) streamlines construction cost estimation, enabling owners, architects, and contractors to forecast and manage project expenses effectively. -Craft detailed estimates by square foot, assembly, or unit line items. -Seamlessly share your estimates and collaborate. -Monitor price shifts with custom material and task alerts. -Anticipate costs up to 3 years ahead with our Predictive Cost Model. Estimate Smartly. Share Easily. Stay Ahead with RSMeans Data Online! Learn more about RSMeans Data Online

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Takeoff
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  • Multiple Projects
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Designed around the estimate lifecycle we offer solutions for the pre-construction, procurement and construction stages.
Designed by experienced industry professionals, The EDGE is the most effective takeoff to estimate solution in the industry. Not only is The EDGE customized to your trade, but also to your business, so that your takeoff sources the exact materials and manufacturers that your company utilizes. With training to build the databases you need and the best customer service in the business, the EDGE caters to you. Stay ahead of the competition. Wouldn't you rather bid with The EDGE than against it? Learn more about The EDGE

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  • Audit Trail
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  • Multiple Projects
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Premier is Australia and New Zealand's highest rated financial and project management ERP software. An all-in-one, modern & easy to use platform that helps automation.
Premier is Australia and New Zealand's highest rated financial and project management ERP software. Our modern software solution is designed to meet the needs of Head Contractors, Developers, Residential Builders & Specialty Contractors. Premier offers a fully customisable management dashboard with drill-down capabilities to view detailed business information. The accounting & job costing module replaced your accounting software and allows you to track cost and generate detailed job costing breakdown reports. Learn more about Premier Construction Software

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Allows contractors to post projects, send bid invites, share information with subcontractors and manage multiple team members
PlanHub is free construction plan room and bid management software that allows general contractors to post projects, send bid invites, share information with subcontractors, suppliers, and vendor. There is no limit on the number of users per company. Subcontractors can register for free and start on a free trial to view projects, download project specs, and submit a bid. After the free trial ends, the user can choose to go on a PlanHub Basic Plan, or upgrade to PlanHub Premier. Learn more about PlanHub

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Construction Estimating Software Buyers Guide

What is construction estimating software?

Construction estimating software (aka construction bidding software or cost estimation software) helps contractors, subcontractors, and builders generate labor, material, and equipment estimates for building projects. The software includes an exhaustive database of electrical, mechanical, and other building-related materials that contractors can use as reference when estimating budgets for their projects. It also helps contractors place competitive bids.

The benefits of construction estimating software

In a competitive market, it’s essential for contractors to analyze their client’s requirements and quickly develop estimates for labor, equipment, and material costs. While an overestimated quote can mean the loss of a potential client, underestimates can result in committing to a high-value project and completing it with a compromised material quality or with significant delays. In either of these case, a business can lose its market trust.

Reliable construction estimating software can save contractors from such critical situations. It helps contractors:

  • Improve efficiency: Construction estimating software collects and processes details from various cost databases and past projects to generate estimates and quickly turn them into proposals. This helps contractors submit quotes for multiple projects and win more bids.
  • Increase accuracy: Construction estimating software keeps track of all essential data such as labor and material cost, subcontractor expenses, equipment charges, inventories, transportation costs, etc. This helps users eliminate any guesswork from their calculations and generate estimates that closely match the true cost of the project.
  • Stay consistent with outputs: With this software, businesses can create estimates based on tested and approved procedures, formulas, and workflows that enable them to deliver similar proposals every time they begin a new project. This brings consistency to their operation and helps streamline their estimation workflow.

Typical features of construction estimating software

  • Cost database: Build and maintain individual data sets for labor, equipment, and material costs and use them as a reference when creating project estimates.
  • Job costing: Calculate the approximate cost involved in completing a job by using past references and estimates for labor, material, and equipment costs.
  • Proposal generator: Use cost estimates to generate professional-looking bid proposals.
  • Audit trail: Track and log details of every change made in the database.
  • Historical database: Store complete details of past projects.
  • Analysis: Assign “what-if” conditions for budgets and planning to generate multiple sets of estimates under different scenarios.

Considerations when purchasing construction estimating software

  • Integration with other construction software: Contractors need software that seamlessly transfers data across applications. For example, workforce scheduling software can share details about resource availability with construction estimating software to set up schedules. If you’re using multiple applications to manage your construction workflow, make sure that your construction estimating software supports integration with your existing applications to help you avoid repetitive data entry.
  • Ease of use: Since construction estimating software will be used by contractors, estimators, designers, clients, and other stakeholders with a varying range of tech savviness, choose one that is logical, simple to use, and easy to understand. Businesses should also look for products that offer proper training programs for users to help them learn commands, interpret drawings, and generate estimates and take-off.
  • 3D printing will revolutionize the construction business: Though adoption has been slow, the construction industry has now started using 3D printing in multiple operations. From building a complete house using giant 3D printing machines to printing small dummy models for architects and designers, 3D printing is now used at various scales in the construction industry. These building mockups allow construction companies to identify flaws in the project before construction even begins.
  • Mobile devices are the new hammer in the construction industry: Just like any field business, the construction industry has acknowledged the importance of smartphones and tablets. In fact, according to independent research by JB Knowledge, around 83% of respondents in the construction industry report mobile capabilities as important or very important in their business. Mobile devices not only connect back-office and field staff but also help to collect, manage, and report field data in real-time.