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AGC Alaska Conference report

Our CEO Barry Cassell spoke at the 68th annual AGC Alaska conference in Anchorage last month. Barry's session, "Construction Tech Today and Tomorrow" provided historical perspective and a look ahead at the progress of technology in our industry. Among topics covered, a recent survey by McKinsey Global Institute pegged Construction next-to-last of all major industries at technology adoption (only Agriculture does worse than we do!) Paper record-keeping, isolated information silos, and old-school mentality are just a few of the habits holding us back. Recent developments in BIM, Autonomous Equipment, the Cloud, and Mobile Tools are promising initiatives making a dent in the problem. Barry showed the audience 5d takeoff tools available today, & Zach Goepel of Procore demonstrated how Artificial and Augmented Reality are providing visualization tools impossible a few short years ago, resulting in accelerated scheduling with reduced change orders.  

Vista Tips – WF Template Reports

By Laurel Cripe   A company which is implementing Vista has many resources for learning: the Viewpoint Learning Center, aka “ClearView”, 4988 articles for Vista in the Knowledge Base at last count, the online Help System (F1 or Form Help from Vista), and of course, their Vista consultant. If the help that is needed is a basic list of steps for a process, sometimes the Knowledge Base articles or the videos in ClearView can be overkill, and searching for the right resource time-consuming. Built into Vista is a set of concise “how-to” documents that are not widely advertised. These documents are accessed via the WF Templates report. To access the reports, go to the Workflow Module, Reports folder, WF Templates. From the Begin Template field, the lookup (F4) will bring up a long list of standard templates, including documents both for implementation and for processing. For example, under PR, there are steps for Payroll Implementation and Processing, along with steps for Month/Quarter End and Year End. Judging by the revision dates on the templates, these reports are left-over from legacy help systems in Viewpoint, and may not include all the most current feature enhancements.  But sometimes less is more, and [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:21+00:00 By |Consulting, News and Events|

Cassell Consulting at Procore Groundbreak 2016

Last month, the Cassell Consulting, Inc. team flew down to sunny Santa Barbara, CA, to meet fellow Procore partners and demonstrate our CCi Fusion: Sage to Procore and CCi Fusion: XL to Procore tools to Procore users. We met a cavalcade of engaging, professional users, and the turnout had the Fess Parker Hilton brimming. Procore staged a series of workshops and seminars throughout the Hilton, led by members of its staff, and focusing on the accounting, collaboration, and project management aspects of its cloud-based software. To CCi, the most interesting of these presentations revolved around new-technology-adoption within a construction firm. Procore’s perspective was as follows: focus on the early-adopters within a firm, achieve success and workflow optimization with these individuals first. Then, when the early-adopters are satisfied and using the new business practices to complete work more efficiently, use their work as a testament to the superiority of the new technology, and the individuals themselves as evangelists to the bulk of the workforce. Finally, when only a small contingent of late-adopters remains, focus on applying the lessons learned in the previous steps to getting these folks on board with the new business paradigm. As a general rule-of-thumb for implementing new [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:27+00:00 By |News and Events|

Press Release: CCi Fusion

Cassell Consulting Inc Announces the Release of CCi Fusion: Sage Estimating to Procore CCi breaks new ground with the first of many apps for Procore users. Vancouver, WA - November 25, 2015: Cassell Consulting Inc announces their new app, CCi Fusion: Sage Estimating to Procore. You can download a demo version on their website at: http://www.cassellconsulting.com/products/procore-fusion. Create a new project in Procore Replace or adjust budget line items for existing projects CCi Fusion populates Procore from Sage Sage Estimating and Procore users are currently invited to an open beta. Full release of the CCi Fusion tool is scheduled for December, 2015. Procore Technologies, Inc., the world’s most widely used construction management software, helps construction firms simplify the construction process with a powerful, yet easy to use platform. With unlimited user licenses and user-centric product development, they are able to create the most intuitive and collaborative platform––resulting in immediate ROI. When all stakeholders have constant access to real time project information from anywhere, at any time, with any Internet-connected device, firms drastically increase their project efficiency, and more importantly, profit. For more information about Procore, or for a free demonstration, visit http://www.procore.com. Cassell Consulting is committed to improving technology in the construction [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:27+00:00 By |News and Events|

Welcome back, Mr. Wagner!

Just when we thought we were losing our P6 Guru, the heavens answered our calls. Ken Wagner just revealed that he won’t be retiring at the end of this month! Whoo-hoo! The Cassell Team is pleased to not be losing such a huge asset to our team. Ken has not only been a benefit to our clients and the work he does here at Cassell as our Senior P6 Consultant but also to our Digital Dryshack Blog. He has written some very helpful articles for P6 users. You can find his articles on our blog under P6 Deep Dive. Ken will be available for P6 Training and Consulting until he retires in June of 2016. After his retirement he will be moving to Washington D.C. to build a home with his son on a property he purchased. This project has been a long time dream of his and soon it will be coming to life. Ken will be using his woodworking skills to do custom millwork and finish carpentry. We are so excited for you Ken! Welcome back and thank you for hanging tight just a little bit longer! Questions? Email us at info@cassellconsulting.com

2017-01-14T08:23:27+00:00 By |News and Events|

Aloha, Ken Wagner

The Cassell Team is sad to announce the retirement of our Senior P6 Consultant, Ken Wagner. He has been our Senior Oracle Primavera Technical Consultant and Oracle certified Enterprise Portfolio Implementation Specialist for the implementation of P6 Project Management. Ken has over thirty plus years of executive level experience in program and project management, working in state and federal government, defense and commercial industries. He brought that experience to Cassell Consulting for our clients, implementing and utilizing Oracle Primavera, and Project Management Best Practices and Standards. During Ken’s varied career he has served as Assistant Environmental Program Director for a four state region including Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  He has been an interim project controls manager for Washington State Ferries Terminal Engineering, implementing Primavera Enterprise Project Management software, and improving project scheduling standards to support resource loading, earned value management and reporting for a program budget of over $200,000,000 for all the Ferry terminals in Puget Sound.  Ken additionally has served as the Enterprise Project Management consultant to the fortune five hundred HP to Compaq merger team, which included developing the training and support, best practices and standards for the management of day-to-day operations in the companies’ largest division [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:27+00:00 By |News and Events|

Take the survey, get the report!

This year’s largest construction industry survey on technology will be conducted by JBKnowledge. Through today, July 6th, JBKnowledge is conducting the annual survey again, and we hope you'll consider participating. JBKnowledge develops cloud, mobile and wearable technology solutions for construction and insurance, including SmartBidNet commercial construction bid software, SmartCompliance certificate of insurance tracking and compliance management software, SmartReality augmented reality mobile app for construction project visualization, and the SmartInsight construction network for contractor identification, qualification and selection. JBKnowledge is headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients on an international basis. “Every year, this survey gives builders critical insight into how they can better employ technology on construction projects. It’s essential reading for every professional in the construction industry that wants to stay current on the technology available across construction processes. We try to make it applicable and valuable to everyone in a construction company, from the IT geeks like us to the contractors still using a fax machine,” stated James Benham, CEO, JBKnowledge. We thought you might like to take the opportunity to have your opinions and insights on construction tech counted in the upcoming results. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2015 Construction Technology Report this [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:27+00:00 By |News and Events|

Cassell Consulting is Expanding!

We would like to introduce Andy Helmsworth and Stacee Peterson as the newest members of the Cassell team! Andy officially joined us as our full time Associate Software Engineer on January 1st, 2015 and Stacee joined us shortly after as our Marketing and Executive Admin on January 9th, 2015. We are confident that we have chosen the right candidates for our team. Welcome Andy and Stacee! Andy is a big fan of music and books, traveling, backpacking, and sharing good food and beer with friends. His home studio houses an ever-growing menagerie of musical instruments, though he primarily plays the sitar. Andy spent five years of his childhood in Taiwan, and has also lived in Costa Rica and Yellowstone Nat'l Park. He attended Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for two years playing oboe then went off to complete his Bachelor Degree at the University of Oregon, majoring in Anthropology. His previous work experience for a web design firm expanded his understanding of markup and programming languages which paved the way and prepared him for the programming work he does here at Cassell Consulting. Andy is working to add even more features, platforms, and software to our operations. At the [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:28+00:00 By |News and Events|

News From The Viewpoint Construction Software Conference – Fall 2014

At the end of September, the team at Cassell Consulting joined the Viewpoint Construction Software Conference.  The annual event offered a preview of what is new and improved with the company’s many software programs and services for the upcoming year.  Its location at the Oregon Convention Center was evidence of the company’s surging growth.  In prior years, the company’s office complex in SE Portland and even a local hotel‘s re-purposed parking garage had legendarily served as headquarters.  But with over 1500 guests in 2014, only something like the one million square foot convention center would do. At a meeting for partners held right before the official events began, Viewpoint’s Tom Kobayashi previewed a new web interface with upgraded security and a dashboard that included Hourly Time, Resource Management and VPC integration.  We’ll have to wait until probably March of 2015 for that to be rolled out.  But for this fall, we were shown  Viewpoint for Estimating, Viewpoint for Cloud and upgrades for Project Collaboration, Content Management and Resource Management – which looks like it’s beginning to expand into a Scheduling Program.  It was clear Viewpoint plans to continue developing its family of programs to maintain its competitive advantage. “Collaborate” was [...]

2017-01-14T08:23:28+00:00 By |News and Events|