Digital Dryshack #60, First look: Viewpoint Mobile Field Manager (MFM)

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Digital Dryshack #60, First look: Viewpoint Mobile Field Manager (MFM)

We recently attended a demonstration of Viewpoint’s new Mobile Field Manager, its new jobsite data collection software. MFM is an efficient, tablet-based system that captures employees’ cost-coded time info, job productivity, and Daily Report data, all in one easy to use platform. Daily and overall project productivity status is displayed conspicuously and effectively, so superintendents have an easy-to-see running account of exactly how their project stacks up against the estimate. It includes an electronic time sheet signature feature to certify time cards, and is also bi-lingual, accommodating the ever-growing Hispanic population on the jobsite. MFM works with Androids, iPads, and Windows machines, offering optimum flexibility. In our experience, superintendents find tablets far friendlier than laptops, so buy-in is easier than with more laborious keyboard entry at the end of a long workday on the site.

While optimally linked to the company’s server and the Internet, it functions perfectly well disconnected, enabling its use on remote projects. When reconnected to the Internet, the saved daily field info is easily uploaded to Viewpoint Construction Software, as well as virtually any other mainstream construction jobcost and project management system. It uses a SQL back-end database, and contains a built-in report writer as well. We’re looking forward to a more formal rollout of MFM at the Viewpoint User Conference in Portland, September 16-19. We’re eager to get our hands on this excellent new addition to the Viewpoint’s ever-growing library of quality construction software.

A typical system costs between $20k to $30k for an average size contractor, $12k to $18k for an smaller firm, and $50k to $60k for enterprise level, depending on the number of licenses and the complexity of the setup required. If timely collection of timesheet hours and daily project information is a problem at your company, MFM could well be the answer. Please call or email us for more info and a demonstration.