Best Practices

Current events have caused many companies to cancel all non-essential travel and implement work-at-home plans for non-essential employees. Many of our clients are including online training as a component of work-at-home plans to ensure that employees continue to enhance their skills (or learn new ones) and maintain productive, trackable time while working at home.

We have posted many P6, ViewpointOne Spectrum and Kahua how-to videos, including:

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Coronavirus Informational Update

We are sharing the communication below that was sent to all CDP employees this morning that outlines recommended best practices at this time. We are encouraging our staff and clients to work remotely when possible.

It is impossible today to turn on the TV, radio or your computer and not see information about the threat of the Coronavirus. Each of you is an important member of CDP and your health and wellbeing is important to us. We have been monitoring the recent updates from the CDC, WHO and OHSA in regard to concerns about the virus. As additional information becomes available, we will continue to follow guidance from the CDC to implement efforts to reduce the likelihood of illness and wanted to share some precautionary measures.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness in people. Coronaviruses circulate among animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

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Successful Projects Require Collaboration Between the Field and Office

Article posted on ConstructionExec.com

For a job to be deemed a success from a completion and a profit standpoint, collaboration must occur between field personnel (project managers) and office personnel (financial officers).

Project managers (PM) walk sites and visually gauge project progress; however, this measurement may not align with the actual progression of a project from a cost perspective. PMs who focus on delivering jobs to the specifications of the contract also need to be cognizant of time and budget. They need continual feedback from the accounting team to monitor the progress of each specific project on all key metrics. The two departments cannot be successful and remain independent of one another.

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Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2020

Article written by Rob Preston and appears on Forbes.com

Speed. Security. Agility. Innovation. Automation. Insight. These are the words leading CIOs keep coming back to when explaining their technology, business, and organizational priorities.

For example, listen to how Sally Gilligan, CIO of clothing retailer Gap Inc., thinks about how the company’s major cloud migration, started about a year ago, has accelerated its innovation process (priority #1 on my list). Provisioning IT infrastructure to code new products used to take Gap about eight weeks; now that infrastructure can be online in less than an hour.

“If you think about it, I just took eight weeks out of my lead time to develop,” Gilligan says. “So our teams are truly thinking about how to code the solution and less about which building blocks are needed. It’s a subtle shift, but it’s incredibly empowering—and, actually, quite fun for the engineering team.”

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Under Attack: Hackers Find Construction Data Attractive Target

Article written by Steven H. Miller and appears on Constructor Magazine.com.

There is an old adage concerning timely action about the uselessness of locking the stable after the horse is gone. It is, unfortunately, the story of many construction companies confronting the issue of cybersecurity. They never considered themselves a target until it was too late.

Many are surprised by how fast the future has arrived, but it is here now. From payroll and tool-tracking to 3D building models and as-built laser scans, a construction company’s network is the conduit for increasing portions of its activities and is hosting an increasing number of outsiders and their devices. That is an attractive target for thieves, especially since the number of vulnerabilities in the network is growing. If the ‘stable’ in the old adage is your computer network with 250 doors instead of one and strangers going in and out, locking it up is not a simple task. To avoid becoming a victim, cybersecurity must be considered a top issue.

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Streamlining Construction Submittals

Article written by Andy Holtmann and appears on the Viewpoint blog

Submittals are one of the most vital parts of the processes and workflows around construction projects. The submittal process assures owners that their plans and specs are clearly understood by both contractors and subcontractors building the project. This process ensures both quality control and contractual compliance per the plans and specifications.

A typical construction project, though, can feature hundreds, if not thousands of submittals and workflows around them. Delays in processing or last-minute submittals can lead to problems — including requests for information (RFIs) and change orders — which can cause significant project delays, impacting both productivity and deliverability.

Contractors have long sought for ways to improve their submittal processes to streamline their projects’ productivity and mitigate risk of errors due to late or incomplete information.

Stuck in the Manual Process Mud

Making matters worse, many contractors are still relying on manual approaches to submittals.

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What’s Your Company’s Crisis Plan?

Article written by Andy Holtmann on the Viewpoint blog

When disaster strikes, having the right technology and a solid plan in place can ensure limited business disruption

Hurricane Dorian, like so many before it, left a swath of destruction from the Bahamas to the east coast of the United States. Whether a hurricane, fire, flood or other disaster of any type, the communities impacted often rely on construction companies to quickly get things moving in a positive direction. To ensure your construction firm can immediately get to the business of helping its community it’s vital to have a meticulous crisis plan — and the right technology — in place.

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Project Managers Driving Demand for Better, Faster Construction Data

Article written by Kati Viscaino on the Viewpoint blog

Construction projects today produce a mountain of data. From job costs to materials quantities to equipment usage to labor and production stats, data drives how successful a project will be. The most successful projects — and contractors — are able to accurately collect all available data and analytically dig deep into it to better understand projects. But that’s easier said than done.

Ask virtually any project manager, for instance, and they’ll tell you they’re consistently behind — swamped with work and buried in a mountain of paperwork. Their body of work is judged by four words: “on time” and “on budget.” But if getting there means using a mix of manual processes and outdated, non-connected software systems, then they’re not working as efficiently as they could be.

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The Impact of Technology on Construction Data

Article written by Matt Harris on the Viewpoint blog

Viewpoint Teamed with Dodge Data & Analytics to Produce Industry Report on the Digital Transformation of the Construction Industry

As construction work becomes more complex, and as technology continues to transform the way we work, contractors are under increasing pressure to be smarter and more efficient about project delivery. Accomplishing this in a high-risk, low-margin environment means data-driven decision making becomes that much more important for contractors who hope to maintain a competitive edge. The better the business intelligence, the greater that edge, and building intelligence begins with a solid foundation of business data.

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How Real-Time Job Costing Elevates Construction Management

Article written by Andy Holtmann on the Viewpoint blog

Contractors that manage multiple construction projects have their hands full corralling people, materials and work across multiple jobsites — each with their own unique sets of contractual and environmental challenges. Since contractors often operate with razor-thin profit margins and unsteady cash flows, having an accurate understanding of job costs is vital to success.

Unfortunately, the construction industry has been slower to embrace modern technologies that streamline job costs, meaning that many contractors today are still using manual processes and outdated solutions to track them. The information they’re gleaning from their projects could be days, weeks, even months old by the time managers have time to analyze the data. And by the time issues are spotted, work could already be past stages where simple corrections can be made, which leads to costly rework.

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