Viewpoint V6 Software

Colorado-based aggregate producer and Viewpoint customer, Summit Materials, was looking for a better way to address spending challenges and control expense issues. Similar to many contractors, Summit works with a large and varied group of vendors to serve their customers and needed a simpler, streamlined approach when paying these third parties.
When searching for a solution, one of the top priorities for Summit was to find an automated payment process that integrated with their Viewpoint V6 software, helping to fully streamline the procure-to-pay process while completing payment transactions quickly.

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Their answer was found in a solution provided by Viewpoint Development Partner, Comdata, and the benefits they have seen will be highlighted in the upcoming free webinar Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

In this webinar, Summit, Viewpoint and Comdata will share the benefits of an automated payment process with an integrated ERP, including:
• How to lower operational costs and streamline business processes.
• Ways to control purchases in the field on fuel and purchasing cards.
• How to stop distributing checks in the field by going to total electronic payroll.

If interested in learning more and registering for the webinar, click here.

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In this free webinar, ADP’s Added Value Services team (providing solutions for complex HR problems) examines the challenges that employers may face with wage garnishments, the top 5 things every employer should know and some of the biggest mistakes that employers often make.

To learn more and to register, please click here.

*All webinar attendees will be eligible to earn 1.0 Recertification Credit Hours (RCH) or 1.0 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for this event.

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Many organizations are already reaping the benefits of mobile inspection applications. Find out how you can too.

– Guest post from Viewpoint Development Partner, MSI Data

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Performing inspections is a constant pressure for construction crews and managers and completing accurate inspections that don’t bog down your team with stacks of paperwork and extra trips to the office can be a huge burden for companies with a million other things to worry about.

Growing competition in the service industry demands that companies improve the efficiency of all of their operations, especially regular functions like mandatory inspections. With this in mind, many contractors have already found numerous reasons to use an inspection app that lets them view job information, update checklists, and perform inspections faster and more effectively with an all-in-one mobile system.

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5 Reasons to Go with a Mobile Inspection App
1. Safety (safety first!!)—Safety inspections are some of the most important, but often the most ignored processes done in the field. In order to keep your workers safe without eating up valuable time performing ineffective and slow paper-based inspections, be sure your safety inspection process is thorough and actionable. With an inspection app everyone wins because it ensures job sites and equipment are safe while freeing technicians to perform other tasks since inspections are faster and easier.

2. Consistency—Maintaining consistency across inspections can be a real bear without standard forms and procedures. With a mobile inspection app, businesses can use standard forms for certain kinds of inspections to ensure consistency across the board. Consistent forms and steps are especially useful for organizations with technicians of varying ages and levels of experience because it mandates a standard process across the board.

3. Quality —With standard forms and guided steps, managers can rely on more quality inspections since consistency will yield quality through standardized reporting. Photo-taking, video, and signature capabilities allow technicians to capture a more complete analysis and collect more thorough and accurate information. In addition, organizations that spend less time spent on low value manual entry of paper inspections can take more to hone in on quality of work, with the photos and data to back it up. For example, managers can refer back to reports measuring the quality of Inspection Type A, which is performed 1,000 times per year and use those reports to identify trends.

4. Speed – One of the best parts of mobile inspection software is that it allows you to perform better inspections in less time by freeing your team from the shackles of paper-based inspections. Now, instead of printing forms, driving back to the main office, and reentering data, technicians can simply pull up a standard form on their mobile devices, perform an inspection, and sync it with the back office for instant accessibility across the company. With an inspection tool, companies are able to speed not only the time it takes to conduct the inspection, but also the time it takes to disperse and act on the information, which in effect speeds the ability to make important business decisions and improve operations overall.

5. Compliance—Companies performing inspections often have to comply with internal policies and procedures or external regulatory standards. Mobile apps make that part easy with preconfigured forms that don’t let you finish an inspection until it’s clear you’ve measured everything you need to comply with the set standards.

Transition Enterprise Mobile Safety Inspections into Your Company Operations
The ease of use and ability to collect more accurate and timely information make the mobile inspection clearly superior to paper-based processes. Enterprise mobile inspection apps improve the inspection process for construction companies from start to finish.

With the ability to monitor jobsite and employee safety, meet regulatory and internal standards and policies, increase productivity, and identify opportunities to sell services for defective equipment, a mobile inspection app not only makes your jobsite safer, but will allow you to do so in less time, with less effort, and with greater consistency than manual methods.

VEIL Inspection Software– Mobile Inspections, Inspection App Builder and Inspection Manager
MSI Data’s mobile inspection app, VEIL, delivers a simple solution for automating construction field inspection processes in the office and in the field, in three powerful components:

1. Mobile Inspections —VEIL’s field component is a mobile inspection application that drives both productivity and consistency with quick, step-by-step field inspections that mimic your inspection forms. Field personnel can select the appropriate job on the mobile device and input data while on-site then save that data immediately to the system; no back office personnel or extra steps required. Workers can also take advantage of native device capabilities to provide additional backup for inspections, including photos, signatures and voice to text note taking on iOS, Android, and Windows.

2. Inspection Builder — The Inspection Builder allows contractors to rapidly create inspection templates with a web-based drag and drop builder. Its inspection templates are often designed to mimic paper inspection forms or spreadsheets so they’re easy to understand and complete. Once finished, new inspection templates or updates can automatically be pushed to field workers’ mobile devices.

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3. Inspection Manager — Web-based database for safety, project management, or other personnel to view, report upon and analyze historical inspection data. Each inspection can be reviewed upon completion combined into reports that identify trends.

VEIL for Viewpoint
VEIL integrates with Viewpoint Construction Software to allow construction companies to perform safety inspections in the field without transferring data manually from Viewpoint. The integration between the two companies streamlines safety inspection procedures in order to simplify the inspection process for construction companies using Viewpoint.

MSI Data and Viewpoint are pleased to provide Viewpoint customers with this powerful new option for mobile inspections. If you’re interested in learning more about VEIL Inspection Software for Viewpoint Software, email rayt@msidata.com or call 1-262-518-7028.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
Learn more on how Viewpoint can help at www.viewpointcs.com/solutions.

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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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