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Last week our amazing UK team organised a Pyjama Day and Bake Off in order to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Pajama Day check

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed and donated for a good cause. The events, along with a tombola, allowed us to raise a total of £224 along with some additional donations of clothes and toys (thank you Scott Blagdon)!

Pajama Day group

Our Pyjama Participants with Lloyd Pickering claiming the prize for Pyjama’s of the Day

Stephen McMenzie proudly showing off the cakes and tombola prizes… 😉

Pajama Day food

 

 

Tracey Wood’s prize winning cake! An indulgent chocolate cake that was first to be snapped up!Pajama Day cake

 

The awesome cakes and baking goodies brought in by all!!Pajama Day cupcakes

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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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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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