You have probably already seen quick response (QR) codes appearing in magazines, newspapers, posters, business cards and in various other print sources. They are those patterns of small back and white blocks that encode data a smartphone can read.
As smartphone technologies and uses become more prevalent, the use of QR codes is increasing and expanding in scope, and it holds potential for the construction industry.
Marketing and business development links for existing and potential customers are the primary area where QR codes are used now. They can be used to connect to all sorts of online data, however.
Service manuals and product specifications can be linked. New York City is requirirng building permits to carry QRs that let anyone link to building drawings and information about the structure and the builder.
One application lets designers and planners assure version control of documents.