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Software Startups Take On Digital Laggard: Construction

Tracy Young was building a new hospital in the Bay Area as a project engineer in 2011 when construction spending hit its lowest point in a decade. As her friends got laid off, Ms. Young left her job to help start PlanGrid, a software company that digitizes blueprints for construction workers to view on tablets and smartphones so they can track issues such as plumbing or electrical work.

A number of factors have helped PlanGrid get off the ground since then. Not only has construction spending increased significantly since the recession, but the famously stodgy industry has become more receptive to bringing software and mobile devices to the job site. 

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