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RJM Construction Finds a Single Source of Data Truth Through ViewpointOne

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The HERO Center for training of police, fire and EMS crews for the cities of Woodbury and Cottage Grove, Minn. is just one of dozens of innovative construction projects RJM Construction has undertaken.

Like many construction businesses, Minnesota-based RJM Construction relies heavily on data and collaboration to successfully bring projects to life. In the four decades since the company was founded, the way its teams capture, manage and use data has undergone some pretty big changes. 

RJM’s journey to modernize its operations began in 2014 when, seeking a way to better manage financials, projects, resources and people, the company implemented Viewpoint’s Vista ERP solution. As Viewpoint has grown its technology portfolio in recent years to include new features and bringing its client to the cloud through its connected ViewpointOne suite of construction solutions, it has only improved RJM’s construction management experience. From automated workflows to self-serve reporting features and mobile apps to streamline work in the field, ViewpointOne has helped RJM work smarter, make real-time decisions and unlock new possibilities. It even delivered unexpected benefits as the Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to construction.

One Source of Construction Data Truth

RJM Construction's business systems analyst and trainer, Grant Mongin.

Using ViewpointOne’s Team solution for project management helped RJM eliminate productivity challenges and increase efficiency on-site and in the field. “With Viewpoint Team, our guys in the field have a way to access information without having to go back to the office,” said Mongin. “Just being able to grab the information they need from one place has been a tremendous time saver and although it sounds cliché, it’s transformed the way we sync important project data between the office and field.”

Streamlined Project Documentation

With ViewpointOne's Team solution, RJM Construction can easily manage complex drawing sets.

With Viewpoint Team, RJM also has a single location for maintaining construction-ready drawings. This keeps the entire project team up to speed and simplifies the complexities of managing large and ever-changing drawing sets with a log of approved and up-to-date, well-organized drawings. “The ability to hyperlink drawings has made it incredibly easy to find the right documentation fast,” said Mongin. “With one click, we can hyperlink entire 700-page sets. Teams in the field can click a link and go right to a drawing. It’s saving us a ton of time in the field.” 

ViewpointOne has also helped RJM improve its submittal processes to streamline project productivity and mitigate risk of errors due to late or incomplete information. “We can collect, compile and share submittal data in real time,” said Mongin. “We’ve eliminated the time spent manually processing submittals and project delays from waiting for approvals or submittals to close.”

Construction Business Continuity

The ViewpointOne suite has allowed RJM Construction to successfully pivot during the COVID pandemic, allowing it to keep work flowing, no matter where users are located.

Looking back, RJM’s decision to modernize its operations and move to the cloud brought the unforeseen benefit of helping the company successfully weather the Covid-19 pandemic. As disruption set in and other companies struggled to adapt, RJM employees across locations, from the field to the office and at home, were able to continue doing their work without disruption.

“In every organization, there are those who are fearful of new technologies and ways of working,” said Mongin. “When Covid-19 forced the later adopters in our organization to use ViewpointOne, they finally realized how much it would help them work faster and smarter. Now they’re invested and want to learn more ways to use it.”

Mongin is relieved RJM made the effort to modernize its operations and take advantage of the cloud before the pandemic. He urges other construction businesses to invest in technology before a crisis occurs. “It’s only a matter of time before contractors who are not willing to move to the cloud run into a data breach or hardware malfunction and lose critical data,” he said. “Unfortunately a disaster is the typical catalyst for construction businesses to make the change. As a business grows, you need reliable, modern infrastructure and technology solutions to successfully scale and stay competitive.”

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Andy is Marketing Content & PR Manager at Viewpoint. He has worked in the construction software arena since 2011. Previously, he netted multiple awards as a newspaper and trade media editor.

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