Differences between Mobile and Cloud Computing for Construction

31 January 2022Architecture and Engineering, autodesk, Autodesk Construction Cloud, BIM 360, Construction, Digital Transformation, UncategorizedCloud, construction technology, mobile technology



When it comes to construction, mobile apps are different from cloud-based project management. While both mobile and cloud computing play distinct roles in job communications, cloud–based software provides unique benefits that only the cloud can offer. 

 Clouds over mountains, Utah; photo by Carol S. Dunn


Mobile Computing

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The term “mobile computing” relies on different devices to access information from any location. It largely involves smartphones, laptops, tablets, and web-enabled smart devices. Mobile computing enables employees to work and connect with others from locations outside the office using mobile devices.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing uses on-demand computing services over the Internet on a pay-as-you-go basis. It includes the virtual storage space – networks of data centers referred to as the cloud – where your applications, files, data, and images are organized. A subscription to your chosen cloud provider enables the storage of your files and secure access to them. Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are examples of public cloud service providers.   With cloud computing, you can switch devices and continue using the same information. If want to switch from your phone to your laptop to access your information, a cloud-based application lets you do that seamlessly.

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According to Forbes, one benefit of cloud computing compared to mobile is security. Cloud companies often rely on robust cybersecurity measures, including encryption, to protect your data. When you want to view a file, you access your secure cloud storage with a connected device. Cloud storage essentially takes the place of hard drive backups. In addition, digital drawings and designs stored in the cloud are safer than paper copies or laptops that can be subject to the ravages of the jobsite.  

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Benefits of Mobile Cloud Computing

When choosing construction apps for your cloud projects, sometimes, the best scenario is combining mobile with cloud for mobile cloud computing.

Mobile cloud computing enables teams in different locations to collaborate. Job files and data can be stored in the cloud, accessed and worked on by team members using their mobile devices. Even if a mobile device is lost or broken, team members still have access to the project’s data in the cloud. 

Benefits of mobile cloud computing include: 

  • Accessibility: You and project team members can access your cloud applications, files, documents, and projects from anywhere – office, home, jobsites, client offices. 
  • Single source of truth: Through mobile cloud computing, there can be a single source of truth for everyone to work from remotely. With this one reliable source of information, there is no doubt about the most current set of drawings and project details. Project quality and consistency are greatly improved.  
  • Better collaboration: Every member of the project team can see updates, changes and other important information at the same time. Virtual meeting spaces, screen sharing and other features enhance the ability to collaborate.
  • Updates: Cloud-based construction applications are automatically updated. Project information is reflected in real-time when based in the cloud, so everyone who needs to can monitor the status of work.

While mobile and cloud are two different types of technology, when they are used together, they allow you to access the information you have stored in the cloud from anywhere, enhancing collaboration and productivity.

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