VPO Cloud CM Software is a cloud-based construction management solution offering construction teams a secure online platform for managing reviews of key design and construction documents like RFIs, submittals, change orders and more.
Field superintendents and remote workers have access to project information such as daily reports and drawings—from virtually anywhere from any device. Managing an online schedule keeps contractors accountable and everyone aligned with any changes that could impact the schedule.
For over 30 years, Simplex, the creator of VPO has designed CM solutions for building owners, construction managers, commercial design and build firms and general contractors.
VPO offers a single system to manage construction documents electronically between all project participants, such as owners, designers and contractors. This helps ensure that contractors are always working to the latest version of drawings and have up to date information.
Richard from Simplus Management Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Overall this is a great value for the costs and the system much more manageable than the larger systems of this type.
It is relatively easy to learn and get around in the system. The graphical nature of the screens help a lot in using it.
The methods for reporting or creating a report is a challenge, but it isn't insurmountable. I have found sometimes it is hard to follow the logic behind the process.
Bhupinder from Univerfsity of Pittsburgh
Specialty: Building owner
Employees number: 201-500 employees
VPO gives us information about progress in construction that we did not have earlier. It is easy to use.
We have come a long way. We still need some information in financial (funded, expanded, committed, balance etc.), change orders so that we can discard JOBS.
HANNAH from University of Pittsburgh
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
For software that wants to increase efficiency, there are a lot of small bugs that make it the exact opposite. On a grand scale, I can see this being great, however after the first few interactions I was left more frustrated than impressed. After consulting with a few fellow employees, this seems to be the consensus.
The accessibility of information is very useful. Though I have not been a user for long, I can see how this would enhance efficiency (when the software is working correctly). Ultimately, it should result in a quicker turn around time.
The program thus far has not been very user friendly. I, myself, have run into various issues after only using the software for approximately a week. The customer service has been great with addressing our needs, even if not immediately. Simple tasks that would usually take only a few minutes end up taking much longer. For example, copying and pasting multiple emails should take seconds, however with VPO we are restricted to adding emails individually. Another task such as moving documents from one folder to the next was an issue, where VPO would only allow me to move the documents to folders nested within the folder I was trying to extract them from.
Sharon from City of Long Beach
Specialty: Government - state & local
Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees
I haven't gone through a project close-out using VPO and I'm curious how all of this documentation will be transmitted to us (the client) for our records.
It's great to be able to look up all sorts of project documents and not to have to rely on saving attachments from emails. The ball-in-court features are helpful, as are the notifications when something is posted or changes.
It doesn't work well on Windows 10. Sometimes directories of documents get truncated to just what will fit on a single page, leaving no way to access later documents. Many of the sorting features do not appear to work in Windows 10. Clicking on them doesn't do anything. While many aspects of VPO are intuitive, I did not find editing review comments to be at all obvious. Buttons were not where I expected them to be and someone had to show me where they were so I could add comments.
Brian from University of Pittsburgh
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Keep it simple. In regards to dates - do you ultimately need start and end dates? Or just end dates (because after you end something, you're onto the next phase - correct)? It's an extra step we have to add - and update when schedules slip.
Could have been linked to my previously created Microsoft account - but for my coworkers and I - a completely different user name was created - simplification is key.
Every week the software features are changing as they become apparent and applicable. It's internet based and has tendency to be sluggish - when trying to save data via the original procedure. The updated procedure makes it easier to update project data - but selecting cells and moving the window around on the screen are tedious.
Don from Cardno
Specialty: Construction manager
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Easy to use, navigate, log in to. The search bar is invaluable to me. I love that I can store and sort my documents and grant permission to whoever I want or not grant permission.
Takes awhile to load but not always an issue. Since I use this program everyday, my response to my questions is that it is on VPO. My client seems to be afraid of going in.