Viewpoint: Central document repository aids collaboration, efficiency

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on some of the construction technology on display at the October 2015 BIMForum in Orlando, Fla. The post focused on Fieldlens, the second on NoteVault.

Cloud-hosted Viewpoint construction software are collaborative project management tools. Its Viewpoint for Projects lets members of project teams use a browser to access a project’s documents, data and drawings. They can do overlays; identify risks; assign, track, and manage tasks; pull up Revit specs; walk through models; and coordinate and update info and access all the data in a central repository where it’s reasonably easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, according to Rob Humphreys, Viewpoint’s vice president of global product management.

In short, a designated person at your company sets up the portal – similar to a network drive that’s easily accessible. Users – including contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers and owners – are then designated and their access levels created. Projects are entered and containers for submittals, pending change orders, schedules, plans and specs, punch lists, daily reports, BIM and more created.
Project managers can build workflows and then template them, making consistency among projects more possible, enhancing efficiency and accuracy and making bottlenecks easier to see and mitigate.
There are two interesting pieces to note.
The portal administrator can set it up so that if someone working on the project is not using Viewpoint and sends a project-related e-mail, that can automatically be routed into the portal into the …