A recent survey of small businesses in the Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) field—think solo architects, two-person construction firms, and other similar organizations—found that although 80 percent of these businesses owned tablets, only 39 percent used one professionally.
Just because a tablet was purchased for other purposes—marathon viewings of the latest Netflix series, perhaps, or spirited rounds of Angry Birds—doesn’t mean that it can’t be pressed into service in the workplace.
Here are just a few of the things that small businesses can use their tablets to accomplish, thanks to the array of powerful mobile design and engineering apps that are now available:
- Capture reality. Why start a design with a blank page? There are now apps that let you take photos with your tablet and automatically turn them into 3D models.
- Perform heavy-duty analysis. In recent years, apps have been designed to tap into the nearly infinite compute power of the cloud to perform highly complex tasks that previously would’ve only been possible on a desktop workstation. These days, users can simulate the performance of functional mechanical systems or 2D fluid flow with nothing more than a tablet.
- Create a seamless workflow with other users and devices. Today’s mobile apps let users share, view, and comment on 2D and 3D design files right from their mobile device. The addition of cloud-based tools enables both online and offline workflows, allowing teams to always stay up to date with recent changes and updates.
The bottom line? With the right mobile design and engineering apps, tablets can become a valuable addition to the small business work environment. Check out this Line//Shape//Space article to learn 5 ways tablets benefit small businesses. Learn more about Autodesk mobile offerings here. To learn more about Autodesk solutions for Small Business, click here.