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This year’s theme for the 2016 CFMA National Conference was Building It Forward and marked Viewpoint’s fifth year of attending the CFMA Conference as a Principle Partner. This year’s conference featured 3 general sessions, 8-mini conferences, 48 breakout sessions, 6 dawn peer groups, and record breaking number of more than 925 attendees.

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Viewpoint’s Lynne Edwards, Marketing Manager, shares her takeaways from this year’s AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Event, November 2015 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Doing it smarter. People, Power, Performance was the by-line for AusRAIL Plus 2015 and with the large variety of exhibitors and speakers at this premium industry conference.
• AusRAIL PLUS 2015 was the largest AusRAIL ever hosted for anyone operating in, or looking to do business within the Australian rail sector.
• AusRAIL PLUS attracted around 400 exhibiting organisations including Viewpoint, 900 conference delegates, 120 high level speakers and plenty of networking.

Ausrail Dec 2015
The world’s leading authorities in rail gathered to discuss the latest developments, and hear from government leaders, local and international rail industry executives and academics. It was stressed that Australia must compete with intelligent infrastructure to promote sustainable growth for cities, industries and local jobs.

Each year, Australia’s rail network transports 1.3 billion tonnes of freight and every day 2.3 million passengers use trains, Australia is gaining confidence and turning (back) to rail infrastructure as a realistic alternative to road freight and our love of the private car. “There’s an investment in public transport, and a realisation that cities are growing, and they need to have rail infrastructure,” says Melbourne Metro Chief Executive Andrew Lezala. “In Victoria, we’ve got big metro trains and the Metro Tunnel, in Sydney we will see the light rail construction, work on the new Metro line and the first driverless passenger train in the country, and in Brisbane, we’re about to see the first Public Private Partnership train.”

In the conference centre delegates were addressed by Victorian state and Federal Ministers as well as being offered more than 40 seminars and forums by rail suppliers, industry experts and transport CEOs.

In the exhibition space throughout the day, there was a mixture of dark suits and more relaxed clothing, plus the many company branded shirts of exhibitors.

Delegates and a constant stream of casual visitors strolled through the enormous space and continued to network with highly focussed meetings and refreshing of business friendships and partnerships. One quote from a delegate summed it up when he said “I’ve covered 6 months of work in 3 days”.

The event incorporated International exhibitors and delegates from Sweden to China and many industrialised countries in between, with exhibits including:
• Railway transport for passengers – trams & trains, plus freight, safety and security, hi visibility and low emissions, telecommunications and geomapping.Ausrail 2 Dec 2015
• All organisations along the supply chain, bolts, oils, conveyers, sophisticated software, advanced engineering, innovative designs.
• Large well designed stands, many of which required precision engineering just to set up – as evidenced by a slow-motion video of the set-up. Many different models of railway engines – many actually running on tracks – dream toys!

And, importantly – many different hospitality coffee machines & baristas, enabling me to taste test all the roasting brands on offer. Obviously coffee keeps the railways running, or at least the deal-makers.

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Contributed by Maria Andrews, Business Development, Viewpoint Australia

Congratulations to Master Builders Australia! The recent event at the Gold Coast was one of the best run events that I have attended.Photo Master Builders

The speakers:
• Alisa Camplin OAM – “The Quest for Excellence” drew on her sporting and corporate experiences while focusing on attitude, her commitment to her ultimate goal, and overcoming adversity. Her journey was inspirational.
• Prof Andrew Harris – “Disruptive Building Technology” was amazing. He examined the impact of rapidly evolving disruptive technology that will impact the building and construction industry, as well as how the industry should prepare for change.

All speakers were excellent. They imparted knowledge, entertainment, and motivation to audiences, and emphasized the message that THEY, the builders, from the small residential/commercial builders to the larger organisations, are the foundation of building a bigger and better Australia.

During the event’s three days, Norm Hebron, Stephen Henderson, and Maria Andrews helped keep the Viewpoint Booth lively. They received lots of interest while networking with the delegates and fellow exhibitors. Norm and Maria attended all of the evening events to ensure the Viewpoint brand was promoted.Masterbuilder logo

Master Builders was generous with their references and comments regarding our sponsorship. They kept the delegates aware of our sponsorship and communicated to the delegates that sponsors like Viewpoint are essential to making these events greatly successful. At the Gala night, a Viewpoint video was featured on the large screen to an audience of over 500 delegates from the industry.

Also honoured on the night were Viewpoint customers Cooper & Oxley Builders, Shape Australia, and Lend Lease, to name but a few.

 

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Viewpoint booth at World of Concrete, 2014I was recently reading the 2014 Market Survey completed by FMI Corporation and while a lot of the survey confirmed most of what we already knew, aging population is driving healthcare cost and in 2014 we will see a rise in the economy with cautious optimism, it also emphasized the need for contractors to strategize more than ever on how they can build a competitive edge. That is more than just looking at how to win bids, but rather how the business is going to drive profitability with each project, often by looking at organic growth through joint ventures, P3s and acquisitions.

With many of the industry’s largest tradeshow events like World of Concrete and ConExpo, taking place during the first part of the year, these events become a mecca for new products and technologies built specifically to help contractors stay competitive and increase profits among other initiatives. In fact, many of the exhibiting organizations use these events to launch new products and services for contractors. We were no different, as we launched our BIM Manager App for the Viewpoint For Project Collaboration solution at World of Concrete this past week. It was exciting to discover that this exceptional collaboration product was of great interest to most of the contractors that visited our booth.

World of Concrete 2014I was fortunate to attend World of Concrete despite the speculation going into this year’s event , that it would be sparsely attended compared to years past due to the fact that ConExpo, an event that only occurs every three years, is approaching in March and contractors may choose to attend that event instead. To add to the possible attendance woes, the eastern part of the country was experiencing a snow storm impeding travel all over the country. Speculations were valid, but glad to see that this ended up not being the case! After all, who wouldn’t want to get away from the cold weather and head to sunny and somewhat warm Vegas for the week! One area of the world that really seems to get the concept of organic growth through P3 partnership is Canada and we were excited to see so many of our Canadian contractors at the show. The major trend that we saw is that contractors are really looking at best of breed technology that can solve their specific needs, while having the ability to integrate to other best of breed technology already in place. World of Concrete 2014This means looking at standalone applications like Enterprise Content Management, Mobile Field Applications and Project Collaboration. As contractors look at their business and determine their initiatives for the year, they begin to evaluate whether core technology, such as accounting, will get them where they ultimately want to go. A lot of the contractors that I had the opportunity to speak with were less concerned about today, but rather more concerned about tomorrow and how their systems are going to be able to handle serving their long term needs. I’m noticing that as more contractors heed the advice of organizations like FMI and strive to stay competitive through joint ventures and partnerships, technologies like project collaboration become even more important.

Overall, it was a great show and exemplifies that 2014 will be a year where contractors will be working smarter to gain profitability.
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I’d like to begin by wishing you a successful New Year. As we recover from the cold snap across much of the U.S., I see the hot trend with contractors is to continue to leverage technology to gain even greater productivity on jobs and improve their bottom line.

An article in ENR caught my attention in December that took a high level inventory of the technology landscape in our industry. We now have 4G networks to ferry project data around a jobsite, the advance of cloud computing networks to store and process data in the field, and the ubiquity of smarter mobile devices on jobsites. Another trend is having web-friendly project collaboration software that allows project stakeholders to better manage project documents between stakeholders.

As we look to the future – which is today – I’m pleased to share with you we will be featuring Viewpoint For Project Collaboration with BIM (Building Information Management) capabilities at World of Concrete this month. This new solution provides project and BIM collaboration tools, including an easy to use browser-based viewer for 3D BIM models, BIM Manager. BIM Manager’s browser functionality allows any project team member to review and interact with 3D BIM models, ensuring they can access and view current project specifications without the need for significant training or expensive and complicated authoring software.

BIM Manager with 3D BIM Models.

In essence, it provides a single source of information to the project team. And that keeps everyone in the loop at all times – avoiding miscommunication, minimum mistakes and provides a seamless working environment that really works.

We are also planning this year numerous updates in Viewpoint V6 Software, Mobile Field Manager and Construction Imaging that further improves the user experience and provides greater capabilities to increase automation.

Finally, we continually reach out to you to learn how we can better enable you to be successful. One of the many ways we do that is at our User Conference that is held in Portland, OR each fall. I know not everyone is able to attend, however, I thought I’d share a video clip with customers who reflected on what it means to them to partner with us.

Once again, we appreciate serving you and being your partner to enhance current and bring you new products to help improve your bottom line – today.

https://vimeo.com/user8102596/review/79725657/31b731b6b6

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