BUILDING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION
In the fast-paced world of construction, collaboration is critical every step of the way. “We have to be able to collaborate and communicate with each other about all kinds of issues. And you usually have multiple people working together on a jobsite, so being able to communicate effectively to everybody at one time is key to your success,” says Rachel Delino, senior project engineer at JE Dunn.
In fact, JE Dunn focuses on bringing together all project stakeholders (owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and trade partners) to develop better solutions. The company recognizes that each stakeholder looks at an issue with a different perspective, and the real value comes from bringing all those perspectives together to create a successful solution. Now, the ViewBoard display is making it even easier to deliver on this core mission.
“We all have to work together to meet the end-goal of building a project that’s going to get completed on time, stay on budget, and make the owner happy,” says Delino. “The ViewBoard display makes it faster for us to discuss an issue, come up with a resolution, capture what we’ve discussed, and easily broadcast it out to whoever needs the information.”
Now with the ViewBoard display, team members at JE Dunn can write notes, sketch ideas, and markup drawings on the touchscreen display, using their fingers and styluses. Content is then saved to the cloud for easy retrieval.
What’s more, the ViewBoard display supports a full range of end-user devices, including PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and Android devices. JE Dunn meeting participants can cast from their iPhones, Android phones, tablets, or laptops without worrying about dongles or connecting to projectors. The variety of tools for displaying, sharing, and saving media allows project teams to collaborate in new ways. And since the ViewBoard display is mobile, the benefits extend across the office.
“We love that the ViewBoard display is on wheels, so we can move it to whatever room is the most convenient,” says Delino. “People can easily gather around it, discuss issues, and come up with solutions quickly. It really encourages everybody to stand there and work together.”
TAKING PRODUCTIVITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
The ViewBoard display also supports the “lean” mindset at JE Dunn— that is, the business approach of continually refining processes to be more streamlined and more efficient. ViewBoard display users save time by managing all their meeting-related tasks in one place, resulting in less duplicated work. They also spend less meeting time dealing with the technical issues of connecting multiple systems and devices.
According to Bloomquist, the site systems manager, the ViewBoard display was easy to use right from the start. Employees are already used to working with touchscreens on their smartphones or tablets, so the learning curve was short.
In addition, the ViewBoard display provides native access to JE Dunn’s construction project software, along with network access for sharing and storing content. This way, team members can use the software they’re already familiar with, enabling them to be more productive and focused on the work that drives the business. Whether they need to work with drawings, requests for information, or owner’s manuals at project completion, the markup process is hassle-free.
“Everybody who works here is familiar with the software, so being able to use it on the ViewBoard display has been a seamless transition,” says Delino. “It’s easy for people to do their markups because they are already used to the interface.”