Tech-Savvy Construction Organizations Receive Honors at Viewpoint’s Collaborate 2018 User Conference
Portland, Ore. – October 18, 2018 – Viewpoint, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and construction management software leader, is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Viewpoint Technology Awards. The awards, presented annually at Viewpoint’s Collaborate 2018 User Conference, honor companies using Viewpoint technologies to solve important business challenges.
“We are incredibly proud to recognize three forward-thinking contractors who have applied technology to help transform their operations,” said Viewpoint Chief Products Officer Matt Harris. “These clients are shining examples of how cloud-based, integrated construction software can help reach unrealized potential and solve real-world business needs and we’re honored to recognize their hard work.”
The 2018 Viewpoint Technology Award winners are:
Guarantee Electrical Company — Established in 1902, Guarantee, as the electrical contractor for the 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis, introduced much of the nation to the new technology of electricity. Now, a full-service, national, electrical contractor established in four states, Guarantee remains committed to cutting-edge technologies and modern construction management software. To fulfill their commitment, it turned to Viewpoint Vista™, and subsequently seized an opportunity to move to the cloud and digitize operations. The company added the cloud-based Viewpoint Team™ for streamlined project collaboration and document management. Guarantee has dramatically increased the speed and accuracy of its projects, significantly reduced IT strain and spend and allowed users to work in real time thanks to extended access beyond office walls.
“You’ve got to go to the cloud — that’s where business is going. It’s better, it’s faster, it’s more secure and it gives you more flexibility,” said Guarantee Director of IT Dennis Heinle.
Hatzel & Buehler, Inc. — Wilmington, Del.-based Hatzel & Buehler’s roots date back to Thomas Edison’s first publicly owned and operated electric generating station, where John D. Hatzel and Joseph Buehler were employed as master electricians before leaving to form their own company. Today recognized as a leading national electrical contracting firm, Hatzel & Buehler implemented the enterprise version of Viewpoint’s cloud-based Spectrum® construction software in late-2016 to better connect its offices and operations. Spectrum helped Hatzel & Buehler by providing users with access to real-time data, relevant to their roles and projects – no matter where their “office” was that day.
Business Analyst Colleen Ward said adding Spectrum effectively changed the overall company culture, noting “Spectrum really opened up the collaboration between our office and our field and got rid of our siloes. We literally had nine libraries with distinct information in them in our old system. Moving to one vendor master, one general ledger master – the structure of the software allowed us to break down siloes and started the people talking. Spectrum really allows us to work smarter.”
Stansell Electric Company, Inc.— Nashville, Tenn.-based Stansell Electric has been a household name in middle Tennessee since 1940. When the company needed a better way to ensure that crews could easily verify Tennessee OneCall 811 information before digging at job sites, it looked to the tools and abilities in its Viewpoint Vista™ construction management software. Stansell created a mobile 811 lookup tool to provide foremen easy access to current marking information in the field. The company utilized Vista’s User Defined capabilities and custom reporting aspects of both Vista and Viewpoint Field Management web-based portal to create the tool.
“This tool is an example of how the best ideas come from the field,” said Michael Arnold, the company’s technology product manager. “Some equipment operators were frustrated by not having the information they needed when and where they needed it. Their feedback to the office staff led to this project.”
The results? Reduced costs, more credibility with local officials and the software has “helped win over some more technologically resistant field leaders,” Arnold said.
All three contractors will be honored during a special presentation at Viewpoint’s Collaborate 2018 user conference, Oct. 15-18 in Portland, Ore. The conference features three days of in-depth training, educational sessions, presentations from industry experts, networking events and much more. This year’s Collaborate conference brings together more than 2,300 industry professionals representing all facets of construction organization clients, technology providers, trade associations and media.
Viewpoint, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is a leading global provider of integrated software solutions for the construction industry. Viewpoint software enables customers to integrate operations across the office, team and field to improve project profitability, enhance productivity, manage risk and effectively collaborate across the broad construction ecosystem. With nearly 8,000 clients, including more than 40 percent of the ENR 400, Viewpoint’s innovations are transforming the construction industry by fully integrating operations across financial and HR systems, project management tools and mobile field solutions. For more information, visit: viewpoint.com.