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Viewpoint Development Partner, MSI Data recently interviewed analyst Michael Israel to get his take on why Field Service Managers should set goals that measure process over results. To read the entire article, click here: Top Field Service KPIs in 2016 and Pro Tips to Help Service Managers Meet Them: An Interview with Michael Israel

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Connecting with the World about Technology: World of Concrete 2016
Contributed by: Greg Fry, Vertical Marketing Manager at Viewpoint

Viewpoint had its largest presence ever at World of Concrete 2016. With plenty of interest and traffic at the Technology Pavilion in the Las Vegas Convention Center, it felt like an excellent spot to debut Viewpoint For Field View.

This powerful cloud-based and off-line mobile solution allows contractors to capture field reports and information from anywhere – even without an internet connection – helping resolve issues quickly, eliminate paper, reduce risk, and deliver higher quality projects.

What was especially interesting to discuss with contractors stopping by the Viewpoint booth was how Field View can fit with their current processes. They see how there is tangible value and it’s immediate, at the job site and in the back office. Suited for all types of contractors as well as owners of capital projects, Field View clearly helps meet an unmet need in the market today.

Richard Scott demos Viewpoint's Field View

Others visiting the Viewpoint booth were looking for an estimating program to replace current methods of spreadsheets, pen, and paper. While learning about ProContractor for takeoff and estimating, they found it interesting that the solution can be used as a whole system that brings estimating together with project management and accounting for a compressive, bid-to-cash solution.

There was also a contingent who weren’t sure what they needed exactly, but knew that it was important to explore what technology’s available, what others are doing, and what’s involved in making a change. A question posed by the merely curious and the serious buyer alike was: How is this going to work for me and is it a change I need to make now?

However, it was evident that the most innovative companies are investing in the latest technology now. For the most part, these were Viewpoint customers visiting our booth to see what’s coming next and to explore new ways to further leverage their existing Viewpoint solution, since the goals they have for their business align with our vision for adaptable and collaborative software.

It was also fascinating to see that the World of Concrete really does bring attendees from all around the world. The Viewpoint booth hosted visitors from Nigeria, Pakistan, Latin America, and all over who were very curious about construction technology. As Viewpoint has swiftly grown from its offices and world-class technology center in Portland, Oregon to having offices in the UK and Australia, it appears that further growth will be well received while we continue to serve customers located across the globe in more than 28 countries.

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Top 5 Benefits of a Cloud Deployment for your MEP Business
Viewpoint recently announced their MEP Estimating solution is now available in the cloud, providing users a worry-free IT experience that is configured, managed and supported by Viewpoint. For more information, please visit MEP Estimating.

Why would a business choose a cloud deployment?
A cloud deployment brings MEP contractors a convenient, affordable and on-demand infrastructure as an alternative to having to configure, optimize and back-up in-house software applications. Leveraging a cloud platform gives MEP contractors several distinct advantages including smaller expenditures for IT resources, hardware and maintenance. Additionally, with a cloud deployment, multiple users can access and update their data without purchasing licenses for different applications.

Here are 5 ways a cloud deployment can benefit your MEP business:

1. Ease of Use – Though often overlooked, this is “easily” the most powerful benefit. The cloud’s true
potential is to provide more than a web-based version of an application— its true potential is the ability to host ALL applications, and make them as easily accessible to the end user as if sitting in their office.

2. Cost savings – Most software vendors operate on a subscription basis, charging monthly, quarterly, or annually for their services, so expenditure on software, hosting and support is more predictable. With less investment in hardware, there is less depreciation of company assets and immediate expensing of operational costs.

3. Increased Flexibility – New software can be implemented more quickly, with training and ongoing support delivered on demand. Little or no capital outlay is required for new hardware or software, as access is usually via a standard internet browser. Pay-as-you-go services can be turned on and off quickly, and processing power, memory, and bandwidth, can be scaled up or down as needed.

4. Improved Reliability and Security – Software services are provided 24/7 from highly resilient data centers with security, back-up, and secondary systems that would be difficult even for the largest corporates to replicate. Cloud storage offers better disaster recovery, with automatic back-up and improved security.

5. Lower Risk Transfer – Responsibility for ensuring constant availability of data to a project team is transferred to a specialist third party. This third party is less likely to become embroiled in any construction disputes which may arise between the construction businesses, providing higher levels of neutrality and trust.

 

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AGC Webinar

The Pit and the Pendulum, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, has many interpretations – as well as interesting quotes like “But what torture awaits me now?” Yet one message to be derived universally from the story is this: People can experience a bad situation and use it to their advantage. So how may we talk about that in the context of Construction Productivity?

There are many factors that can impact a project, driving it toward success or failure and determining the overall construction business. Some of those factors include economic pressures, competition, growing project complexity and demands, construction technology, and new methodology for building. Construction firms can look at these factors as threats to or opportunities for success.

Don’t join Poe in fear and despair! Join Viewpoint and AGC for the May 27th webinar presented by Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO with Sage Policy Group, who will discuss the correlation between technological sophistication and construction firm performance, while presenting evidence of the connection.  Register here http://bit.ly/May15AGCWebinar

Based on existing evidence regarding this correlation, the presentation will address performance along numerous dimensions, including profitability, reputation, and quality.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the following:
• National and international economic performance• Employment data and labor force dynamics at the nationwide and regional level• The implications of current construction-related economic indicators• How technological innovation will impact construction industry performance regarding labor, productivity, cost, and project duration• Broader economic trends and how they’ll effect the construction industry

About the Presenter:
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Basu is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most recognizable economists, in part because of his consulting work on behalf of numerous clients, including prominent developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers, law firms, and business associations. He serves as a chief economist and chief economic advisor for several construction-specific associations.

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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.

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