C+S February 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 2 (web)

Modernized Operations Move Project Forward, Bring Long-Term Benefits For many companies, modern technology was the key to business continuity and navi - gating the pandemic successfully. Bergles credits Trimble Viewpoint’s Vista ERP solution with the company’s ability to track safety, job progress, invoices, subcontracts and digitally manage documentation over the project’s three-year span. Vista, which is part of the connected, cloud-based Trimble Construction One suite of construction management technol - ogy, standardizes data and streamlines workflows across all phases and functions of construction projects. “When we put to- gether the project three and a half years ago, it was impossible to think of everything,” he said. “Throughout the project, we had to input, update and adjust hours and codes. We wouldn’t have been able to do that ef - ficiently without Trimble Construction One and Vista.” Through the speed and collaborative ben- efits of the internet and cloud-based technol-

with connected workflows and a single source of data truth that can be easily shared in real time across executives, managers, accounting professionals and the field. Though contractors have long resisted technology change, the past few years have seen leading contractors embrace new construction tech - nologies, setting themselves up to reap long-term benefits. Reflecting on the company’s decision to modernize with Vista, Bergles shares, “I can’t imagine where we would be without it.” View from top of Phase 1 to Phase 2 demo

ogy, contractors like VJS use real-time data collection and analysis to understand exactly where projects stand and make important decisions that keep both their business and projects profitable. By simplifying data collection in the field using smartphone apps, online portals, tablets and newer technologies, such as wearables and RFID, administrative tasks are streamlined. “Data captured in the field is au- tomatically routed to accounting for approval,” said Bergles. “This re- duced a process that would take weeks down to minutes, and with all the data on hand, accounting teams can process invoices as they come in.” Cloud technologies have been a game-changer for construction com- panies like VJS. A connected construction software suite can replace multiple, disconnected software systems and varied manual processes

JENN SAID is a freelance writer who covers the construction industry.

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