Contributed by Greg Fry, Marketing Manager at Viewpoint
There is much wisdom in the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Considering that technology is ever-evolving, making the journey an ongoing (and hopefully worthwhile) one, why are so many contractors hesitating to take that first important step when it comes to BIM?
That question begs another: BIM, how hard can it be? That was the subject of a recent webinar led by Viewpoint Sales Engineer Ben Wallbank. BIM is one of the most disruptive technological changes impacting the construction industry. Its merits include schedule compression, cost and RFI reduction, and safety improvement, which have been demonstrated on a number of projects. However, widespread adoption of BIM in the U.S. has yet to be fully realized. Adapting your organization’s standards and processes along with utilizing BIM is key to achieving better project outcomes and delivering a quality asset to your customers.
Webinar attendees shared some interesting feedback, for example, where they perceive the most value can be derived by implementing BIM, and Cost Reduction led the results:
You can watch the recorded webinar of “BIM: How Hard Can It Be?” now – click here.
In today’s competitive construction landscape, speed and agility are critical. As a business leader, you also know that time can be the difference between hiring a talented candidate or watching him or her have success with the company down the road. In the long run, it’s the growth opportunity that your company is going to lose if you are hindered by your recruiting and hiring process.
Finding and retaining qualified talent is a challenge that has always been a part of the construction industry. It’s nothing new to you. What is new is the current gap in talent and the shortage of qualified applicants. Finding those candidates with the specialized skill sets and knowledge you need is becoming a time consuming, resource draining, daunting task.
But it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to take the complication out of identifying candidates with the potential to take your company to new heights. It all starts by getting your own house in order. That way, when you make a connection with a great candidate – you’re prepared to hire.
BirdDog has done the homework for you and identified 5 top recruitment trends that are gaining momentum in 2015. Join BirdDog for an online webinar on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 that can help you simplify your hiring strategy, improve the quality and quantity of candidates, interview more people in less time, and report for efficiencies and OFCCP compliance. Register Today
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.
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.
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.