Recent Articles

  • Best Practices for Construction Document Management

    Article written by Andy Holtmann and appears on the Viewpoint blog

    Find out how to centralize your construction document management system and make it easily accessible to your teams.

    Document management might not sound glamorous, but effective document management is critical to the success of construction projects. As contractors move from pen and paper to digital, paperless operating environments, they have found a variety of solutions for document management available to them, some more sophisticated than others.

    Still, many contractors use a mix of paper and digital documents, and even if they’ve gone fully digital, they may rely on a mix of software applications. A survey of the Viewpoint community found many contractors still rely on basic digital tools like spreadsheets to manage their projects. (Last year’s Construction Technology Report from JBKnowledge reported similar findings).

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  • The Kahua Network will improve construction cost visibility and efficiency, thus enabling Prologis to make data driven decisions and drive new development advantages for their global clients.

    San Francisco, CA and Alpharetta, GA – September 18, 2018 – Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate, announced an agreement with Kahua, the provider of the world’s leading collaborative network for real estate and construction project management, whereby Prologis will manage projects across its global portfolio on The Kahua Network.

    Prologis is a global provider of logistics and industrial development services, operating in 19 countries across 4 continents in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The agreement with Kahua reflects a commitment to investment in new technology that streamlines the development process and optimizes the construction of new projects.

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  • 10 Benefits You’re Missing Out On If You’re Not Operating in the Cloud

    In today’s construction environment, your projects demand real-time access to data and process workflows in order to keep them moving and profitable. That’s why more and more contractors are moving their operations and organizational management to the cloud.

    So, why should your construction company consider migrating to a cloud-based, subscription software operating environment sooner rather than later? Here are 10 reasons:

    1. Access Data AnyWhere, Any Time

    With web-based software from Viewpoint, you’re no longer tied to a physical workstation in the office when you need to access or enter data. Securely use your laptop, tablet device — even smart phones right in the field to get the information you need, when you need it.

    2. Work From One Set of Data

    A fully-integrated, cloud ERP platform ensures that data is standardized across your office, the field and all your project teams. No more wasted time translating data from one software program to another or trying to manage bolted-together systems.

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  • How Spectrum Business Intelligence Helps Mitigate Financial Risk

    W. Soule & Co. is a multi-trade industrial contracting firm specializing in process piping, custom metal fabrication, millwright services and HVAC services. The company has been around for more than 70 years, with five locations in Michigan (headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich.) and one location in Lakeland, Fla. W. Soule’s work is primarily in the food/beverage, life sciences, chemical and paper industries.

    Study Summary

    CHALLENGES:

    • Desire to achieve greater organizational efficiency
    • Need to gain more insight into projects
    • No method to pull more relevant reports/data analytics needed

    SOLUTION:

    • Became early adopter of Spectrum Business Intelligence
    • Provided customizable report building & data analysis tools
    • Simple to use with instant drag & drop data analysis

    RESULTS/ROI:

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  • 5 Ways Mobile Tech on the Jobsite Helps Your Whole Business

    Article written by Andy Holtmann and appears on the Viewpoint blog

    Mobile technology doesn’t just benefit the field. See the 5 ways it will help your entire construction organization

    Mobile technology touches pretty much all parts of our lives these days, so it’s no surprise mobile has begun to play a significant role on construction jobsites. As we’ve discussed on Viewpoint Surveyor in the past, JBKnowledge’s Construction Technology Report from 2017 found that 83.1 percent of construction contractors surveyed believe mobile technology is important or very important for their business.

    While many contractors recognize mobile technology’s important role, many still have a long way to go to make the most of mobile. Tablets, smartphones and other mobile technology can significantly improve the day-to-day tasks of employees in the field. What contractors may not realize is how adopting mobile can benefit an entire organization from the field all the way to the back office. Here are five ways mobile technology can improve your business:

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  • Construction Adds 23,000 Jobs in August

    According to data released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national construction industry added 23,000 net new jobs in August, following 18,000 in July, 13,000 in June and 29,000 in May.

    Press Release from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC)

    Full release

    Construction Employment Retains Momentum in August, Says ABC

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7—The U.S. construction industry added 23,000 net new jobs in August, an increase from the 18,000 net new jobs added in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 297,000 net new jobs since August 2017, a 4.3 percent increase. Nonresidential construction employment increased by 9,600 net jobs in August, although the heavy and civil engineering category lost 200 net jobs for the month.

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  • Ten Trends in A/E/C Business Development

    What are the hot trends for selling design and construction services?

    Original article written by Scott D. Butcher FSMPS CPSM

    I was recently asked to share my thoughts about current trends related to the way architecture, engineering, and construction firms are approaching business development. Marketing trends, high levels of client sophistication, changing buying models, and technology have all impacted design and construction firm thinking about the sales process. Here’s a macro view of some of the trends happening in the market space right now.

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  • Construction Labor Shortage Creates Increasingly Lucrative Career Paths

    Original article written by Jim Morrison on Forbes.com

    College isn’t for everyone and there are strong reasons to support students who decide to opt out of the college track and get jobs in the trades.

    Jobs

    A 2017 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found between 1991-2015: “Good jobs in non-manufacturing blue-collar industries, such as construction and transportation, increased in 38 states. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah experienced the most robust job growth in non-manufacturing blue collar industries, as well as in the total number of blue-collar jobs.”

    The growth has been uneven, though. The study says 12 states -particularly in the Northeast- lost those kinds of good jobs. California, Texas and Florida have had the largest gains.

    Earnings

    The study says there are 3,477,000 people have good-paying construction jobs in the U.S. and earn a median salary of $59,000.

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