Last week, Viewpoint’s Tim Gray and FMI’s principal consultant, Gregg Schoppman, led a webinar in conjunction with Utility Contractor Magazine defining and examining the importance of the four “Cs” in construction planning best practices: Climate, Customers, Competitors and Company.

With a record number of attendees for the live event at 193 people, Viewpoint and FMI were excited so many utility contractors were interested in learning more about staying competitive by following construction planning best practices.

During the event Gregg and Tim discussed:

  • What are the four “Cs”?
  • The importance of planning sessions between estimating and operations
  • The impact of change orders in the planning process
  • How behavioral change management impacts construction planning
  • What a normal pre-construction process looks like
  • Steps in a best in class pre-construction process
  • The types of tools pipeline contractors are leveraging to execute the plans and pre-construction process

In addition to the discussion points above, a lively Q&A session was held at the closing with insightful and helpful questions posed by the audience. One stand out question that Gregg Schoppman shed some light on for the audience was, “Have organizations you have worked with been able to see a direct correlation in a reduction of risks by having a lean process in place?” Schoppman responded that pre-construction planning is the one of the most important, and you have to start with a solid foundation. Lean processes absolutely can be attributed to efficiency gains. Efficiency gains equal profitable growth.

If you missed the live webinar event, you can listen to the archived recording here.


Benefits of Mobile Management Benefits of Mobile Management

Construction professionals of all types are recognizing that in today’s world, mobile technology is crucial to their success. Where mobility was once the province of only the largest businesses, mid-sized firms are increasingly introducing mobile into their operations. To compete effectively, they have to have the right tools.

Businesses are depending on smartphones and other mobile devices along with associated data plans and high-speed internet connections to conduct their operations.

Many businesses are issuing company-owned wireless devices and others are allowing employees to bring their own devices; about 75% of employees in high growth markets and 44% in developed markets are already utilizing their own technology in the workplace. New and improved devices are hitting the market every day, and companies that do not incorporate technologies that enable employee mobility are going to be left behind.

Managing the complexity that comes with mobility increases IT workload and requires expertise, oversight and control, as well as knowledge about the options available from both a device and plan standpoint to make the right mobility choices for your company. Many companies don’t have a grasp of their mobility environment. This lack of knowledge creates a blind spot that can result in increased expenses.

That’s why a Mobile Expense Management (MEM) plan is so important. Implementing an efficiently managed and properly planned MEM program within your enterprise will help you avoid unnecessary costs, plug holes in your spending, and shave significant costs from your telecom budget.

Not sure you need a Mobile Expense Management (MEM) firm? Take Mobile Solution’s Mobile Expense Management (MEM) IQ Test and see where you might have gaps. Or Download the white paper to see the basic checklist.



Video interviewing is here to stay and is quickly becoming a staple in a modern construction recruitment strategy.

A recent OfficeTeam (a leading staffing service) survey conducted by an independent research firm, interviewed more than 500 HR managers at U.S. companies on whether video interviews are a part of their recruitment strategy. The survey found the percentage of HR managers using video interviews went from 14 percent to 63 percent in just one year. In addition, 13 percent of respondents believe their organization will use video more frequently to meet with applicants in the next three years.

Video interviews are happening today.

Whether you consider yourself low tech or high tech, there’s no reason to be intimidated by video interviewing. When you understand the ins and outs, you’ll quickly be on your way to putting video to work for you and your company’s recruitment strategy. Attend this webinar by Viewpoint Development Partner, BirdDog, to learn these 5 things:

• Embrace the “awesome” factor of video
• Save time with video interviewing
• Increase efficiencies
• Make better hires
• Stay EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) compliant and use video at the same time

Interested? Join Michelle Stedman, Talent Acquisition Strategiest, for this compliementary one hour webinar and learn how to improve your construction recruitment strategy, save time and make better hires with video interviewing. Register today for this FREE webinar.


Viewpoint Construction SoftwareViewpoint is growing, evolving and extending its global reach. With this growth, an opportunity to put a little shine on our overall look and the way we name our products was presented so we decided to update our brand to better reflect our modern, global organization.

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BYOD from Mobile solutionsIn a recent national survey of construction professionals and contractors, more than half stated that smartphones are the fastest growing technology device in the building and construction space. With this increase in smartphone use on jobsites, companies are looking for ways to optimize their mobile device expenditures while taking advantage of the productivity benefits of smartphones.

Enter the “bring your own device,” or BYOD, movement. While some industry experts are touting BYOD as the answer to the mobile management dilemma, the strategy comes with its own set of pitfalls.

Here, a quick look at the pros and cons of BYOD so that you can make the choice that is best for your company.

Benefits of BYOD
• Gives employees the freedom and flexibility to use their own personal devices to perform work duties.
• Can enhance productivity because employees are more comfortable with their personal devices and become experts at using them.
• Gives companies the benefit of the latest technology features since personal devices tend to be up-to-the-minute on technology trends.
• Can provide the potential for cost savings, from the purchase of the device and ongoing usage expenses to IT help desk support.

Risks of BYOD
• Can present serious security implications for employers due to the possibility of employees downloading virus-ridden programs or apps or backing up confidential documents to a public cloud.
• May leave companies vulnerable to legal claims or breaches of confidentiality if an employee loses the device or if it is stolen.
• Can cause HR and IT nightmares if employees use their devices without consideration to data plans or overage fees.

Evaluating whether BYOD is right for your company? Download Viewpoint Development Partner, Mobile Solution’s free white paper, “BYOD – Friend or Foe?,” which outlines the most important things to consider with a BYOD program, including information about flexible alternatives to BYOD.