Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects

Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects

So much to know, and so little time…. Here’s a pocketful of design and construction apps that will put you in control of the facts on concrete calcs and lighting schemes to entry systems and steel data.

Penetron App

For Android and iOS mobile devices, this app offers numerous advantages for on-site work. It features instant access to product data sheets (for application instructions) and a solutions guide for a vast number of technical issues. Additional functions include a product overview, a technology summary, a QR scanner for Penetron codes, and a calculator to estimate product quantities needed for a job.

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Ellison Bronze

This tablet app allows users to easily explore the scope of Ellison Bronze balanced entry systems. Tap-to-zoom photography and text, video playback, and interactive features give an inside view of the mechanics, intricate door assemblies, and design possibilities available from the manufacturer.

VisionREZ 2015 for Revit

The latest version of this program allows builders to collaborate with the supply chain, convey accurate design intent to all vendors and trade partners, generate precise quantity takeoffs, and create construction docs directly from a live model. New features include a User Definable Content Ribbon Insertion Tool, an Automated Residential Roof Solver, and Editor and Roof Trim Insertions tools.

Energi Advisor

With just basic information (such as the number of fixtures and controls, and space dimensions), this app performs a lighting audit, and produces project proposals, bills of material, and projected Return on Investment. The app is automatically updated, ensuring the the retrofit solution created uses the latest Lutron product information and energy calculations, ensuring more accurate proposals featuring wireless Lutron light controls.

I.D. Wood
Double Dog Studios

I.D. Wood allows a user to quickly browse more than 200 wood samples visually, by species name, or by common name for quick identification. Other searchable categories include application, durability, and sustainable status.

Steel Shapes
The Mobile Engineer

Now with the latest AISC v14.1 library, this app gathers together decades of steel shapes—more than 18,000 entries, modern and historic—in a fast, easy-to-use format. Every structural shape property contained in the AISC database is illustrated, accompanied by geometrical and mechanical properties, design and detailing values, and more. Conversion between metric and imperial units is made with the tap of a button.