Dev Day at Viewpoint’s Tech Center Moves Mobile Development Forward 

By Bruce Kenny, Vice President – Product Development
Viewpoint hosted the first ever Portland Xamarin Developer Day and the turnout was impressive – more than any Dev Day before – with over 100 participants. The event was held at Viewpoint’s new Tech Center (1510 SE Water Ave.) and attendees overflowed into the neighboring café space!

Xamarin is the Mobile Application Development Platform (MADP) that Viewpoint has selected as the mobile platform of choice. This platform gives us tremendous velocity and consistency of functionality across all three platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows – while maintaining the device specific user experience that is critical for fast user adoption.

You may already be experiencing (or will soon) the power of this partnership. The new ProContractor Mobile solution was built on Xamarin. The Field View expansion onto iOS and Windows is fueled by Xamarin. The soon-to-be-released Viewpoint For Projects Field Share product is also made possible by Xamarin.

Xamarin Dev Day October 2015

As with all our partnerships, this one affirms our stance on choice. Viewpoint’s approach is to ensure that the right tool and technology are used for the work you are doing, such as browser-based solutions for light data input or content viewing and rich client applications for heavy data input and data manipulation.

When it comes to our approach to Mobile solutions, we believe choice is equally important. Viewpoint’s investment in Xamarin and other similar technologies allow us to develop and release our mobile solutions simultaneously on iOS, Android and Windows platforms, so you don’t have to choose one platform over another. Furthermore, our approach ensures that all features and functionality are available on all three platforms in the native user experience of that platform. ..

Mobile is the major area of investment for Viewpoint and this event was a powerful reminder of our opportunity to build compelling mobile solutions for our customers across the globe. We are innovating rapidly and we look forward to bringing these advances to market in the near future.



Turbo charged collaboration was the theme for this year’s Viewpoint User Conference and turbo charged it was! With well over 1500 attendees, the 2015 conference was the largest Viewpoint event yet!

Viewpoint CEO - Manolis Kotzabasakis Speaks at User Conference 2015

What makes Viewpoint’s conference different from any other user event? Viewpoint strives to place a high emphasis on customer engagement with our staff and industry experts as well as nurturing customer-to-customer relationships… This focus is exemplified in the various collaborative opportunities held during the three-day conference, such as the birds of a feather lunch, industry exhibit and showcase, customer showcase sessions and roundtables, and the atmosphere created to foster collaboration among attendees.

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During a recent interview, Rob Humphreys, Viewpoint’s VP of Global Product Management shared thoughts on project collaboration and related issues facing the construction industry. We thought it would be interesting to share with our Viewpoint blog readers as well.

When it comes to better collaboration on major civil and commercial projects, what’s your opinion on the barriers facing the construction industry and holding contractors back?

There are several barriers that come to mind. First, lack of complete trust in the project team. That can be overcome by simply working together and realizing that success follows. Another practical way to address this trust barrier includes making agreements up front regarding the process, response times, audits, and so on. Plus, as simple as it may sound, construction companies can improve collaboration through better trust by having team members meet socially to get to know each other outside of the stresses of a project.

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Viewpoint Goes to Summer Camp – Sponsors PCC Robotics

by Sara Starwalt, Viewpoint Team Member


Viewpoint believes that giving back to our communities is important to a healthy corporate culture and a responsibility of being a leading business in the Portland area. It was a privilege for our company to help sponsor the recent 2015 PCC FIRST Robotics & Maker Summer Camps at Portland Community College.

The event involved a 4-1/2 week long camp for high school age girls and culminated in a Luncheon and Demonstration to celebrate and showcase the AllGirls Camp and new Summer Maker Camps. The gathering on July 9 at the PCC Sylvania Campus involved camp participants and their parents, camp instructors, college faculty, and event sponsors who enjoyed a BBQ feast followed by a demo in the Machine Shop and a tour and demo of the MakerSpace (for 3D printing).

It was wonderful to interact with these girls who were so well spoken and excited about what they learned during camp. It was clear that they felt empowered by the knowledge they gained. It’s also great to know they earned 4 college credits for attending the camp, which helps expedite their college careers and helps ease some financial burden on the families, too.


While touring the shops, it was fascinating to see how the girls – who had never done anything related to robotics and 3D printing as of their first day at camp – really dove in and were exposed to experiments and hands-on learning that simply isn’t available in their high schools.RoboticHandbyStudents---273-1


It was really inspiring to attend the luncheon and meet these girls, and I know I speak for Viewpoint when I say this program is essential in helping put women in the workforce by providing opportunities to learn new trades and skills for employment in Oregon’s advanced manufacturing sector.



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Viewpoint had the privilege of attending the 2015 CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) National Conference in Chicago last week. In our 4th year as CFMA Principle Partner, Viewpoint was given the opportunity of not only exhibiting at this great event but also participating in several educational and networking sessions as well.

This year’s conference was one of CFMA’s most powerful and well-attended, with well over 800 guests. During the 5-day conference, there were 3 general sessions, 37 breakout sessions, and 6 dawn peer group discussions, as well as multiple networking and social events. Viewpoint had the opportunity to sponsor several of the networking events including Happy Hour for the Monday exhibit hall event, and we gave away a $100 Amazon gift card to a lucky visitor to our booth.

Amazon Gift card winner July 2015

Viewpoint hosted a Technology Forum on Sunday where Rob Humphreys, Viewpoint’s VP of Global Product Management shared our vision for continued product enhancement and development, and unveiled some great new offerings now available to the market. The event was standing room only and it was a pleasure to see so many of our customers and other attendees at the event.

Robs session July 2015

Monday, Viewpoint’s Jeremy Larsen, Senior Project Manager had the opportunity to present a session focused on The Basics of BIM. This session provided a better understanding of BIM in the construction industry today, the recognized benefits BIM can offer an organization, and ways in which attendees can introduce or enhance the use of BIM processes through the use of technology.

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall was buzzing as well! With well over 100 guests visiting the Viewpoint booth we had the opportunity to show our breadth of product offerings to many attendees including; Vista by Viewpoint, ProContractor, Viewpoint For Project Collaboration, Viewpoint For Estimating, and Viewpoint For Content Management.

Throughout the conference, it was noted that 2015 marks a year of new challenges for many contractors as they come out of the recession. A common concern we heard from many of the attendees is that they are now swarming with work and need to increase their skilled workforce to handle the multitude of projects available. A report by Construction Labor Market Analyzer indicates that by 2016, U.S. construction projects will require 6.7 million skilled workers — about 50% more than are available today. To address this challenge, many contractors are looking for ways to attract younger generations to the industry. Technology to attract the younger workforce along with programs to educate students around skilled trades were popular topics during the roundtables at CFMA year.

Thanks again CFMA for putting on another great event!  #CFMACONF15


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