Construction app wins creators top honours

AN idea to make construction calculations easier has won its local creators an award.

The app, CivilWorks, designed and developed by local man Shane Dodd together with RU Advertising, has taken out a top honour at this year’s Australian Mobile & App Design Awards.

Mr Dodd, who has been in the civil construction industry for more than 25 years, said he has seen plenty of mistakes made due to miscalculations, which is why he decided to create the app.

“One hundred and seventy seven million dollars has been lost in Australia due to calculated mistakes,” he said.

The app has been designed to make on-site calculations easier by providing on-site workers with sewer main and drainage construction calculations, civil engineering calculations and road and civil construction formulas. 

Mr Dodd said once more on-site workers moved into the use of smart phones and iPads during work they would begin to see the benefits of the app.

“Everyone who has used it has said it was fantastic and will continue to use it and recommend it.”

This was the first of two awards for RU Advertising who were also awarded in the productivity category for the Bendix Brake Pad Identifier App which uses mobile phone photography, combined with augmented reality to identify brake pads.

RU Advertising managing director Craig Williams said it was important to adapt during the constantly changing marketing landscapes, which includes app development or otherwise risk falling behind.

The app works to save workshops’ time searching through brake pad catalogues. 

“I believe these words are true for all businesses in both how they operate and interact with their customers at an advertising level,” he said.

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