A team from Viewpoint Construction Software, Australia, attended the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) National Conference and Exhibition from 14-17th October in downtown Melbourne: as often happens, the weather was sunny and hot one day, raining and cool the next!
The CCF is the peak body representing Australia’s civil construction industry, and Viewpoint have been associated with the organisation for several years, with Jay Haladay attending in the past and the company receiving an award in 2014 for the Viewpoint For Project Collaboration product (now Viewpoint For Projects), which was The Earthmover & Civil Contractor’s Technology Release of the Year Award.
The 2015 CCF event had an impressive list of speakers, not least our own Managing Director of Australia, Ian Desbrow, to welcome delegates to our sponsored lunch; and Steve Henderson, our busy sales engineer, who very capably presented a practical workshop on “Optimising your business through collaboration”.
Steve highlighted key benefits of managing all operations in a single integrated system, such as reducing errors by elimination of double entry, doing less admin, eliminating silos and proactively managing risks, as well as real time reporting.
In addition, Viewpoint took the opportunity to be one of the 30 plus exhibitors show-casing all types and sizes of business important to the civil construction industry.
My personal observations from speaking to delegates and exhibitors and listening in to a number of thought-provoking sessions, are that the industry is certainly still strong, but also in a state of change due to the construction work available. It was recommended (by BIS Shrapnel) to “lock in costs at the current (lower) level”.
It certainly seems that there are some good projects on the horizon in both NSW and Victoria – primarily driven by government expenditure on roads and rail infrastructure.
Of course it wasn’t all work, there was great food, lively networking and impressive entertainment – the sharks and giant stingrays in the (safely enclosed) Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium were mesmerizing and the breakfast presentation by two Aussie explorers, Cas and Jonesy, showed their great friendship and spirit in extremely tough conditions – not simply on one expedition in a canoe from Australia to New Zealand, but incredibly on a second across Antarctica.