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This is the second post in Viewpoint’s new blog series by Richard Scott focusing on the Value of Mobile Field Technology. 

Successful Construction Starts with Usable Data

I was once told that successful construction is about effective communication and as the Field View product has evolved, this perspective has always been at the forefront of our strategy and development. That’s why when people declare, “It’s all about the data,” I emphatically respond, “Oh no, it’s not!” Data becomes useful when it is given context and has structure, or when it has transformed into usable information. “Ah, so it’s all about the information, then?” you ask. Well not quite; it’s about how that information is used to achieve the desired goal. And, in construction, that’s usually measured in terms of product quality, delivery, safety, environment, and cost. However you set about achieving these goals will be relative to your perspective, either operational or business.

The Operational Perspective
Since 2001, the Field View team has been focused on delivering benefits to the community that work within the bounds of the project. These are the people that I often refer to in terms of hard hats and muddy boots. They are the Project Managers, Construction Managers, Site Managers, Site Engineers, Quality Control Engineers and Safety Managers. These team members are primarily interested in how Field View can improve their day, allow them become more productive and provide better visibility into a project’s performance. These team members are tactical and would prefer to spend time out on the jobsite dealing with operational project issues rather than in the site cabin managing paperwork. Field View delivers productivity improvements that they appreciate and value; time savings, collaboration and project control are of the utmost importance.

The Business Perspective
With impressive feedback coming from the operational teams, it wasn’t long before Field View began to attract the interest of the broader business teams. We started talking to CEOs, CIOs, COOs and Directors who had a different view on the information they needed and the value it would bring to an organization. They talked to us about delivering process control and consistency, data integrity, business intelligence and a requirement to integrate with other business systems. They were looking at a bigger picture and wanted to know how Field View could be used to support the strategic interests of the enterprise as a whole. In 2008, we began the process of completely re-engineering Field View to address the needs of the enterprise community.

So how does Field View provide tangible value to both of these distinct groups? The answer lies in the history and experience built into the development of Field View. In my last blog post, I shared the lengthy history of Field View and the reputation we have earned. Field View is the result of 15 years of feedback and collaboration with the construction industry – listening, learning and innovating every day. Today, our enterprise customers have chosen Viewpoint to be their strategic technology partner and they realise that the value Field View brings to their business is actually greater than the Operational Value + Enterprise Value. Our Enterprise partners refer to Field View as a “Business process re-engineering tool.” I could not have defined Field View better myself and I think that demonstrates the power and versatility of Viewpoint’s products and services.

User Perspective Data Knowledge

 

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OWNERS- ARE YOU LEADING HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSTRUCTION?

What is your 2016 strategy to improve project performance

Posted by Sue Dengenis, Synchro Software, Viewpoint Development Partner

Owners- you have the power to improve your construction project performance and to support your contractors’ success by requiring new performance standards.   Improvement and innovation is win- win.  Yes, projects are increasingly complex; yes, supply chains are global; yes, the design world has advanced technologically. This is reality; the only certainty is that change will continue and the pace will increase.    Recognize that owners’ specifications drive innovation and progress.   Technology for design has improved significantly, primarily due to Owner’s specifying new BIM standards of practice from their design teams.  It is time to expect contractors’ project management tools to also significantly improve in order to keep pace with industry needs. Construction teams need tools that provide insight and digital integration from design through construction and into facility operations.  Read the rest…

Synchro High Performance Infographic Feb 2016

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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.

The Viewpoint Team The Viewpoint Team

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Guest Post: Michael Smith, Keystyle Data Solutions, Viewpoint Development Partner

Cool Vista by Viewpoint features that may be new to you!

Vista is full of ways to customize and automate your experience. One gem that is often overlooked is VA Scheduled Changes form. This tool gives you the ability to choose to update any field in the future.

Why would you want to update something in the future?

There are a variety of reasons you may wish to do this. For example, after performance reviews it’s not uncommon for department managers to have their employees’ salaries scheduled for future rate increases. Instead of adding significant future pressure on the payroll team, they can receive the rate increase schedule ahead of time and use the VA Schedule Change form to setup all these rate changes.

Other ideas for this would be to manage FMLA time, anniversary leave accrual changes, JC Role changes, and many more.

If you’re wondering how you can take advantage of this cool tool, follow the steps below:  (This example shows how to update future hourly rates)

1. Open the form PR Employee and click the “Add’l Info” tab
2. Right click the “Hourly Rate” field and select Scheduled Changes

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3. Enter the date you wish the change to occur on in the Effective Date box
4. Enter the New Value
5. Save the form and you’re done!

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Utility contractor webinar blog

Many contractors see their equipment account as something of a mystery. Do you know how to unscramble and balance your equipment account?

In an upcoming webinar hosted by Utility Contractor Magazine, we’ll look at how to develop practical tools that improve equipment costing and produce actionable information based on a knowledge of budget variances and the fundamental difference between equipment owning and operating costs.

Also, learn the systems needed to understand what is going on inside the equipment account and the information you need to take appropriate action.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will:
• Understand the importance of balancing cost and budget within a given equipment rate class and of eliminating cross subsidization between classes and categories of equipment.
• Know the difference between equipment owning and operating costs and know what action to take when budget expectations are not met in either one or both of these principal equipment cost types.
• Be familiar with report formats and graphics that present information in a clear easily understood format that drives appropriate action and produces the required results.

December 9, 2015, 2 PM ET
Presenter: Mike Vorster
Hosted by Utility Contractor Magazine
Register here

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