Viewpoint SaaS to support Christchurch earthquake recovery

Viewpoint Construction Software will deliver the central hub to coordinate major projects in the Christchurch rebuild.

Portland, Oregon-based software provider Viewpoint Construction Software is playing a key role in coordinating the rebuild of New Zealand city Christchurch after a series of devastating earthquakes.

Viewpoint's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform has been selected by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to coordinate NZ$4.8 billion of work on "anchor" projects in the Christchurch central business district.

Long road back: Christchurch city centre facilities are being rebuilt at a cost of NZ$4.8 billion.(Image: Gabriel Goh)

Projects include new transport hubs, sports and cultural facilities, a convention centre, a justice and emergency services precinct, and "horizontal" infrastructure such as sewerage, electricity, and water systems.

The use of SaaS will enable CERA to share the tool and data with contractors; boost coordination, collaboration, and financial control; and improve the management of documents, communications, and contracts.

Viewpoint offers its software in a range of formats, including traditional licensing and via virtual desktops. CERA confirmed that it would be using Viewpoint for Project Collaboration, a SaaS service billed monthly that includes building information modelling, document control and collaborative markup, workflow, and personal work centres for users.

Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island, was racked with a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, quakes that also killed 185 people.

The recovery plan for the CBD was approved by Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee on July 30, 2012. The "Blueprint" for the CBD aims to consolidate the city centre and improve its functionality.

At tender last year, CERA specified that the selected system would have to integrate with Microsoft Outlook and Windows Explorer and enable customisation. It was also required to generate detailed reports on performance and data on "project health".