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Viewpoint For Projects™ is a collaborative project management solution used to improve communications, workflow, mobility, and decision-making to meet the unique needs of customers performing large-scale projects in the manufacturing, mining, building, infrastructure and energy industries.

What service/solution do you offer the construction industry?

Designed to connect people, information, and processes, Viewpoint For Projects™ can help you save time and money, improve control, and reduce risk. Built on a common data environment, Viewpoint For Projects™ includes capabilities for document control, project communications, BIM and field mobility. Viewpoint For Field View™ is a cloud based and off-line mobile (available on Windows, Android and iOS) solution that replaces pen and paper in the field for daily logs, snagging lists, safety observations, inspections, defect management, commissioning and much more. With Field View, users can easily create mobile field forms to streamline disparate processes for all available field data. This includes giving field users an easy-to-use mobile application to capture field observations from anywhere on the job site – even when there is no internet connection – helping to resolve issues more quickly, reduce risk and deliver higher quality projects.

What makes it unique?

Viewpoint For Projects™ allows users to not only automate and better control processes, but also to gain mobile and BIM capabilities to complete projects faster and more efficiently while connecting field teams with project information wherever they are. Viewpoint For Projects™ works by ensuring a single point of reference, accountability and data capture. Put simply, it builds an audit trail, which is essential in reducing the likelihood of disagreements and disputes, and providing a clearer path to resolution if discrepancies occur.

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When was the product launched?

Viewpoint is a US based construction software company with more than 35 years’ experience. The UK based company, formerly known as 4Projects, was launched in 2000 and acquired by Viewpoint Construction Software in early 2013, resulting in the product now known as Viewpoint For Projects. In December 2014 Viewpoint also acquired Mobile Computing Systems, bringing its mobile field management solution, Priority 1 (since renamed Field View) into the product portfolio. In August 2016, Viewpoint appointed Agile Business Technology (www.agile.co.za) as the authorised partner and reseller for Viewpoint’s suite of products in South Africa.

Do you offer training?

Viewpoint end-users require very little or no training as the software is fairly intuitive to use and very similar in look and feel to Windows Explorer. Administrator and Super-User training is normally conducted as part of the 2-3 day implementation phase of the software.

What are the benefits?

Viewpoint For Projects™ enables customers and their project teams to increase the speed of information management including time taken searching, sending and waiting for information from project stakeholders. It also delivers quantifiable cost savings in the form of information management time, print, couriers and error reduction impact. The 2015 customer survey revealed the following:

  • 27% of customers improved the speed of information management on projects by over 25%;
  • 49% of customers reduced project spend on information management and reduced print/courier errors by 10%;
  • 44% of customers rate the impact risk mitigation with Viewpoint For Projects as ‘high’; and
  • 27% of customers reduced project errors, duplication and mistakes by more than 25%.

Asset owners and portfolio owners are also starting to realise the ongoing benefit a solution like Viewpoint brings to their organisations during the Asset Maintenance and Portfolio Management phases of projects.

Statistics?

In 2015 the global coverage of Viewpoint For Projects™ reached 83% with users from 163 countries (from 196) logging in. Viewpoint For Projects™ has more than 450 000 users globally, and adds on average 5 000 new users every month. Some 17 000 projects are registered with more than 6,5 million documents uploaded in 2015 alone. Furthermore, Data volumes increased by over 1,2 terabytes per month in 2014 and Viewpoint expects more than 65 terabytes of project data to be stored by the end of 2016.

Where are you based?

Viewpoint is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, and the main EMEA office is based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. They also have regional offices in the Middle East (Dubai) and Australia and the global workforce now boasts more 900 employees. In addition to this workforce, Viewpoint has global network partners including the recently formed partnership with Agile Business Technology, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Contact Agile for further information on Viewpoint at viewpoint@agile.co.za

Who are some of your clients?

Viewpoint For Projects™ is primarily used by construction companies, asset owners, developers, project managers, architects and engineering consultants. Global Clients include the Ministry of Justice, MACE, IKEA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Scottish Renewables, Arup, Capita Symonds, Mott MacDonald, Sir Robert Calpine, Morgan Sindall and many more. With a relative new footprint in South Africa with its Agile partners, Viewpoint For Projects clients in South Africa includes Group Five, Aecom and NMC Construction.

How cost effective is the solution?

Viewpoint for Projects is a cloud based SaaS (Software as a Service) offering and can be purchased on a User, Project or Enterprise basis. Clients who only want to use Viewpoint for specific projects would purchase (‘rent’) the use of the software for the duration of the project, whereas companies wanting to execute all their projects on Viewpoint normally acquires an enterprise license. The right software for exceeding project profitability, delivery, and quality expectations, Viewpoint For Projects is simple and easy to use, quick to deploy, and can deliver tangible returns on your technology investment.

Don’t get left out…

Contact us at viewpoint@agile.co.za

This article was published in the November 2016 Construction World Magazine: