iPhone Apps for Architects and Builders

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There is no end to stream of cool (in concept, at least) and (potentially) useful applications for the iPhones so many of us carry around in our pockets. Here is a batch aimed at architects, builders, and other construction tradespeople.

Architecture Basic is the perfect tool for any Architect. This program contains over 100 formulas helpful for architect. Major sections of the program include Acoustics, Beams, Concrete and Excavating, Concrete Design, Design, Plates, Shear , Steel, Structural, Swimming and Wood formulas. There are also sections with Area Formulas and Conversion. The program includes special formulas just for architect for concrete and steel design, parking area and sidewalk design and even swimming pool design. The program includes basic formulas for wind load and wind overturning force. 

Carpentry Formulator Pro combines the formulas of Carpentry Fomulator and adds 10 charts as well as the first part of International Building Code- which is incorporated in almost every US state code. The program will be updated over the year to include the full code as well as state variants. The program also contains over 80 formulas that are useful for carpenters and builders. The program loads on walls, loads on header. It calculates the weights of different pipes. The program also calculates the final temperature when two bodies of water are mixed. It calculates Hardwood Flooring, calculations on Board Feet and Lumber conversions. It calculates the number of Joists, Sheet Rock, Concrete and Asphalt needed. The program has special sections on Roofing and Stairs. The Carpentry formula has various formulas to calculate area and volumes of differing shapes. The program also includes dozens of conversions from everything from square feet to square inches to pounds square inches to feet of water.

I haven't test-driven any of these, but they might be worth a try. --Bruce D. Snider




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