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FMI advice for Contractors- Digital Dryshack #96

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The 2018 Viewpoint Collaborate conference in Portland provided the opportunity to get out of the office routine and interface with clients, vendors, and peers ,which I always find worthwhile. The conference also presented the welcome opportunity to attend a session presented by FMI, the nation's premier construction consultancy.

Digital Dryshack #95: P6 Status Physical % Complete

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We were providing P6 training for Government Contracts at AGC San Diego, a first-class contractor and apprenticeship training facility, when we were surprised by a P6 undocumented feature. Here's what we discovered: checking 'Use Steps to Calculate Percent Complete' (a required setting for D.O.D. schedules ) disables updating status when not using steps.

Case Study: Kissick Construction Viewpoint Consulting

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When Kissick Construction called us last March, they were looking for 3 things: personalized service, quick response, and Viewpoint expertise.

AGC Alaska Conference report

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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.

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Aloha Ken Wagner

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The Cassell Team is sad to announce the retirement of our Senior P6 Consultant, Ken Wagner.

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DD# 83: Publishing a Project Web Site

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If you are limited on your IT budget for P6 licenses and still want to allow stakeholders to view project data you can use the non-licensing publishing feature in Primavera P6.

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Press Release: CCi’s Groundbreaking Integration Partnership with Procore

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Partnership leads to an exciting software integration: Sage to Procore Interface. Vancouver, WA July 13, 2015: Cassell Consulting announces our Sage Estimating to Procore Interface will be released in August.

Take the survey, get the report!

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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.

DD# 82: Cost Coding to Project Bid Items

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Discussing job cost coding with some of our self-performing contractor clients, we sometimes hear that they often use the Owner’s Project Bid Items as a simple and useful structure for cost coding their work on the project.

CCi Announces Groundbreaking Integration Partnership with Procore

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It’s a perennial problem: your accounting department owns great software they love and utilize at a high level, as do your estimating, pre-construction, and PM teams. Yet, inevitably, each software product barely interacts with the others, if at all.

The 2015 JBK Construction Technology Report is here!

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The 4th Annual JBK Construction Technology Report is here! This report reveals the comprehensive results from the 45 question 2015 survey with commentary and analysis from the perspective of a construction technology solutions provider.

DD# 80: P6 Deep Dive: Underutilized Feature in P6

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Work Products and Documents. Work Products and Documents is an extremely useful and highly underutilized feature in Primavera P6. The work products and documents functionality provides a detailed list of references associated with the project.

Top 5 Internet Marketing Challenges in the Construction Industry

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A study conducted by Profile By Design revealed the top 5 internet marketing challenges construction companies face are: Poor or No Strategy. Dated Website. Social Media Wallflower. Failure to Differentiate. Inconsistent Branding. Strategy. Developing a marketing strategy is vital for any business.

Digital Dryshack #93: Vista Tips – WF Template Reports

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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.

Slow Down to Speed Up

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Mise-en-place , or, Slow Down to Speed Up. What do construction, software development, and cooking have in common? To the casual observer: very little.

Digital Dryshack # 93: GASP ! (10 Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices)

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Most of our work lately has been P6 training, and I find myself during that training to be referring often to Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices. However, I don’t know if a written set of such practices exists – yet. So the purpose of this blog is an attempt to do just that, condensing my 30 years of construction [ ] The post Digital Dryshack # 93: GASP ! (10 10 Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices) appeared first on Cassell Consulting - Construction Operations Consulting.

The Best Way to Motivate Employees

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I have spent 30 years studying management techniques in a variety of industries from dude ranching to factory work to elementary education to software development to the fitness industry. Most of the time I was the employee being managed, sometimes I was the manager.

Digital Dryshack Blog #70: The “Swing”

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I recently read The Boys in the Boat , a birthday gift from daughter #1, and a recent #1 NY Times Bestseller by David James Brown. If you’re not familiar, it’s about the University of Washington spoiling a gold medal sweep in the 1936 Olympics by Hitler’s Germany.

Digital Dryshack #84: 3 reasons to adopt Masterformat 2010

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Interest in our 2010 Masterformat Sample Cost Code list has been strong recently, reminding us that many contractors are moving to the new platform for their estimating and job cost tracking systems.

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We’re presenting Construction Tech at AGC Alaska 11/9 in Anchorage

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Please come join us at AGC Alaska in Anchorage November 9-12. We’re presenting the session “Construction Tech: Today + Tomorrow” on Wednesday at 2:45. Our session takes a look at the current state of tech in our industry as well as what’s coming in the next few years. We’ll discuss Cloud, Mobile, Drones, 3-d printing and Robotics, to name a few.

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P6 Deep Dive

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As a Primavera consultant I have seen many organizational implementations of P6 with a demonstrated misunderstanding of what cradle to grave scheduling means as well as the use of the P6 baseline tool.

Insider News: Sage to Viewpoint | Will you make the switch?

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Insider News: Sage to Viewpoint | Will you make the switch?

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Cassell Consulting is Expanding!

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We would like to introduce Andy Helmsworth and Stacee Sabb as the newest members of the Cassell team! Andy officially joined us as our full time Associate Software Engineer on January 1 st , 2015 and Stacee joined us shortly after as our Marketing and Executive Admin on January 9 th , 2015.

Digital Dryshack # 74: Notes from the Floor, World of Concrete 2015

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A first-rate trade show such as World of Concrete in Las Vegas is one of the better investments we think a company can make. It’s an excellent opportunity to plug in to the latest and greatest tools, equipment, and technology that shape our industry.

Digital Dryshack #92: 6 Tips: P6 Scheduling for D.O.D., 2016

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We’ve recently returned from our 3-day, “P6 for Government Contracts” training session for Dawson Construction in Honolulu. One significant takeaway that reinforced what we were already noticing is that new government personnel are changing NAVFAC’s & USACE’s scheduling specs for recent projects. For years we had been able to count on a rigorous but largely boilerplate scheduling spec for both branches of the service. Not so anymore.

Digital DryShack #91 – Estimating – JobCost Interface Error Fixes

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We received a call from an old friend and seasoned Sr. Estimator who was having problems importing an estimate to Sage 300 Accounting. Problem : All the estimated costs were interfacing correctly to the JobCost budget except one cost code’s Labor. Some of the Labor costs and hours showed up, but not all.

DD # 72- Why the Cloud works for Business Travelers

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Our work took us up to Alaska the first week of December, always a trip that I look forward to. Some people call it crazy, but I enjoy Alaska in the winter as much as in the summer. One reason is that only Alaskans are there this time of year, as all the tourists have gone home or elsewhere.

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DD# 71: Time Impact Analysis for Schedule Extension

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On a recent trip to Hawaii, one of our clients brought a problem to our attention that we’ve heard numerous times before. Their original one-year contract term had grown to eighteen months (and counting).

News From The Viewpoint Construction Software Conference – Fall 2014

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At the end of September, the team at Cassell Consulting joined the Viewpoint Construction Software Conference. The annual event offered a prevue of what is new and improved with the company’s many software programs and services for the upcoming year.

Digital Dryshack #90: Sage SQL Estimating

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We’ve been working with Sage SQL Estimating over the past few months, and are becoming bigger fans of the recent updated version, 15.2. The upgrades over the past year and more enthusiastic client interest had prompted us to put together the first cut of feature comparisons between the 2 versions of Sage Estimating. The 3 biggest changes in most recent version: Totals Page Templates. All-new Database Editor. JobCost Interface enabled for non-Sage Accounting.

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Digital Dryshack #90: Sage SQL Estimating

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We’ve been working with Sage SQL Estimating over the past few months, and are becoming bigger fans of the recent updated version, 15.2. The upgrades over the past year and more enthusiastic client interest had prompted us to put together the first cut of feature comparisons between the 2 versions of Sage Estimating. The 3 biggest changes in most recent version: Totals Page Templates. All-new Database Editor. Non Sage-based.

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Digital Dryshack #69: Japan, Lean, Six Sigma

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I spent the second week of July in Japan, providing US Cost Success Estimator training to NAVFAC engineers at the Yokosuka Naval Base. Located on the south end of Tokyo Bay, the base is the headquarters for the US Pacific Fleet in Asia.

Digital Dryshack #89: Multiple Critical Paths in P6

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Recently, Cassell Consulting was contacted by a planning engineer who encountered difficulty during critical path analysis. Our resident P6 guru, Ken Wagner, weighed in to clarify best procedures for utilizing multiple critical paths in P6. The following is an edited transcript of their exchange: Q: “I have a question regarding how to know multiple critical paths.To know first 10 critical paths in Primavera P6.

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Cassell Consulting at Procore Groundbreak 2016

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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.

Digital Dryshack #88: Closing a Bid in Sage Sql in Canada

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Our work as consultants requires travel to such interesting places as Arnpior , Ontario Canada, population 8,500. Arnprior is a picturesque, and architecturally lovely small town at the confluence of the Ottawa and Madawasca Rivers in Eastern Ontario. If you ever find yourself needing accommodation in Arnpirior, it would be a mistake not to check availability at Ellen’s Kirkman House B&B.

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Digital Dryshack # 68: Scheduling Best Practices

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15 Tips for Best-Practices Scheduling.

Digital Dryshack #87: 10 Reasons D.O.D. Schedules get Rejected

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Working with a G.C. firm providing scheduling training in Honolulu last week reminded me of the struggles most midsize contractors face when submitting an Initial Project Schedule (IPS) to NAVFAC or the Army Corps of Engineers. Most contractors produce a simple bar chart in MS Project for their typical jobs and aren’t familiar with P6. Rarely are the rigorous and demanding scheduling complexities included in D.O.D. project manuals required by private industry or commercial work.

Digital Dryshack #86 – 4 Estimating Tips from Tennessee

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I was in Tennessee last week, and stopped by one of Tennessee’s largest builders to provide some training and suggestions to increase their estimating productivity. One of their senior estimators was new to the company’s Sage Timberline Estimating system, and was struggling to find the best way to make adjustments to their highly-detailed bids. The company builds more than 1,000 semi-custom homes per year, and estimators need to crank out close to 30 estimates per month.