Anchor Beam is a collection of hand picked articles, thoughts and ideas compiled to share what people are saying about the ever-changing world of construction technology.

Published eight times per year, Anchor Beam is a collection of hand picked articles, thoughts and ideas compiled to share what people are saying about the ever-changing world of construction technology. Learn, discuss and contribute to the Anchor Beam community.

One contractor's strategy for continuing growth.
One contractor's strategy for continuing growth.

Read how a leading specialty contractor, in business for more than 25 years, embraced new practices, including upfront planning with general contractors, to not only stay in business, but to see continued growth in the construction industry.

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Are you on the right path towards improving project planning and delivery?
Are you on the right path towards improving project planning and delivery?

In order to effectively and efficiently plan and deliver successful construction projects, you need a solution that gives all project team members access to the right information in the right place at the right time.  Learn how to evaluate the right solution.

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One eye on today, one on the horizon.

One eye on today, one on the horizon.
The firms with the best cash flow practices have several things in common. For starters, they’re extremely proactive - many bill early and often - and they "overshare" information within their organizations, especially between project management and accounting/finance. One contractor was able to streamline 30 days out of its job-close-to-payment cycle, and another through the use of mobile devices can receive change orders at the jobsite the moment they're ordered.

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The landscape is changing in estimating - which direction are you headed?

The landscape is changing in estimating - which direction are you headed?
Design and estimating are occurring at the same time so relying on collaborative design making and estimating workflows is paramount to success. Tying the estimate to quantities in the design, and in pre-construction, is necessary in today’s agile construction environment. Learn how to get more efficient, stay profitable and win more work in this helpful guide.

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Five techniques for retaining top employees

Five techniques for retaining top employees
What is your organization doing to retain employees? If you don't have a plan in place, your company could suffer as top talent exits for greener pastures. In this informative whitepaper:

  • Learn the importance of setting expectations and onboarding
  • Investing in your employee's learning and career
  • When to ask for feedback
  • How flexibility fits in to the modern workforce.

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Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Building an Enduring Construction Organization — Planning for Tomorrow by Being Best in Class AND Innovative
As construction firms build their projects, how much time is given to building a successful organization? With a concrete vision, firms tend to languish in the details of getting traction with their plan. In some cases, the strategy is overly laden with “hygienic factors” that focus on shoring up glaring weaknesses or broken processes. Hygiene and innovation must balance one another to ensure not only the stable foundation but also a firm that is proactive, forward thinking and a true leader in the market and industry.
Date/Time – Tuesday, September 29 – 10:00 AM ET

BIM — How Hard Can it Be?
BIM is one of the most disruptive technological changes impacting the construction industry. While its merits — schedule compression, cost and RFI reduction, safety improvement — have been demonstrated on a number of projects, widespread adoption of BIM in the US has yet to be fully realized. Adapting your organization’s standards and processes along with the utilization of BIM is key to achieving better project outcomes and delivering a quality asset to your customers.
Date/Time – Thursday, October 15 – 2:00 PM ET

Beginning with the End in Mind: Improve Project Delivery with Collaborative Technology
This free webinar demonstrates how contractors can help to deliver quality projects through streamlining and standardizing communication, centralizing all project documents and data shared and stored throughout the project and providing an auditable history of mark-ups and revisions.
Date/Time – Thursday, October 22 – 2:00 PM ET


The Project Manager's MBA, Part I
Construction project managers must take the time to understand the realm of business. Information provided in this webinar will offer business principles for project managers to apply on their projects. Many of these principles break no new ground, but provide a deeper focus on how project leaders can implement fundamental MBA concepts in a project setting.
Date/Time – Friday, October 23 – 1:00 PM ET

How to Eliminate Chaos & Inefficiencies in Your Construction Service Business
Service, when managed properly, can help Specialty contractors drive consistent revenue and profits. Learn how to avoid the most common causes of service inefficiency for specialty contractors with this free webinar presented by Viewpoint and MSI.
Date/Time – Tuesday, October 27 – 2:00 PM ET

About Viewpoint Construction Software
With over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, our comprehensive software solutions and unparalleled customer support ensure you experience smoother, easier, and more profitable job results. Viewpoint offers an integrated SQL/.NET Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution tailored specifically for mid-to-large sized construction companies, an industry leading content management solution and a mobile application suite designed to track and record time, equipment, and production hours from remote locations. Viewpoint For Project Collaboration, a multi-tenant cloud offering that enables multiple project stakeholders to collaborate on project documents, rounds out Viewpoint’s comprehensive product suite.

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