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Strong, Flexible Foundation

While helping our AEC customers optimize their internal teams’ work, we began to see that a multi-firm team would build better, together, by working “at” their construction project’s own state-of-the-art office in the cloud.

In 2008 we made our vision a reality, and since then it’s been our mission to supercharge construction management by creating and customizing cutting-edge, cloud-based technology solutions that streamline and strengthen multi-firm collaboration.

VPO

We've been improving construction management through tech since 1984. In a world of start-ups, we're a stay-up.

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Laura Nee

VPO Creator & CEO

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Value & Values

Understanding and solving construction management collaboration challenges, and strengthening each client through full-service solution customization and administration--that’s the value we bring to our customers’ work.

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ach VPO team member is dedicated to the success of our clients and our colleagues. Our motto and core values reflect that dedication: See. Solve. Serve. Strengthen.

Understanding How to Help

We look, listen, analyze, and plan—expertly.

Figuring Things Out

We explore, discuss, and solve puzzles—relentlessly.

Making It Happen

We face, tackle, and crush every challenge—passionately.

Balancing Work & Life Through Flexibility

We communicate, cooperate, and celebrate—supportively. 

Yesterday & Today

Known at the time as The Simplex Group, in 1984 we got our start as a Primavera (now Oracle Primavera) solutions provider, guiding our customers on how best to use the CPM scheduling software that we resold to them and implemented for their organizations. 

In 2008, after observing that project portfolio owners and construction management firms would achieve even greater success through more efficient and effective collaboration with and among their contractors, architects, and engineers, we developed and commercialized our own IP, a virtual project office—VPO.

Since VPO’s launch, we’ve transformed our business model from licensed Oracle Primavera reseller to independent innovator. Our growing revenue now flows from a combination of recurring VPO subscription fees and VPO-specific services, and we enjoy maximizing success and satisfaction for our customers and our team members.

Spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, our customers include well-known portfolio owners in addition to top construction management firms who are responsible for managing large capital projects on behalf of their end clients. VPO customers and users represent markets like Industrial & Natural Resources, Public Works & Utilities, and Commercial Construction & Facilities.

Drawing on over three decades of experience, we're successful because we partner with each owner or construction management firm to understand their unique needs, customize and administer VPO for them, and continually enhance both our work and theirs through creativity and teamwork.

We’re proud of both our longevity and our ingenuity.  Having understood and adapted to changing needs and circumstances, not only have we been in business since 1984, and quadrupled our team's size since launching VPO in 2008, but a third of our employees have been here for over 15 years.

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Logo Concept Story

Our registration-pending logo design illustrates VPO’s role in connecting the disparate, centralizing the scattered, securing the unprotected, organizing the chaotic, simplifying the complex, streamlining the cumbersome, optimizing the inefficient, standardizing the inconsistent, facilitating the laborious, and vanquishing the vexing—together as a team.​

VPO employees, customers, and users come together and work as partners so they can turn the corner and reach project completion with success and satisfaction.

The VPO image captures how our customers’ construction project teams build better, together.

VPO becomes the primary source of truth for all of our consultants. It’s the site of record for any drawing and document, for any project, for real-time reference anywhere, anytime. Everyone was setting up their own project sites in SharePoint. The lack of consistency was a major problem. We didn’t have one central place where we can look at the entire portfolio of projects. It was a much more decentralized delivery process.

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adobe

Everything is within the realm of implementation with VPO. If I’m out of the office and if somebody wants to know about a bid on a project, that information is available right there on my phone. I’m not going to have to chase down a project manager who may be unavailable.  The ability to run what-if reports on how many projects we have bidding next week, for example, really helps. We will then be able to translate that data into a more robust way to tackle workload management.

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pittsburgh university

The VPO platform enables us to work as if we are all in the same room when, in reality, we’re dispersed across the country or overseas, instead of having project communications and interactions become fragmented by relying on email, everyone involved in the project can access the platform to stay on the same page. Working with our customers becomes more of a collaborative, interdependent effort, which ultimately facilitates change management. We are saving time, controlling costs, maximizing resource utilization, increasing throughput, and making fewer mistakes--which were our goals when we implemented the VPO solution.

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morgan

We are not a construction firm. We are a steel-making company that is growing rapidly with several large construction projects going on at the same time. Previously, each division had its own approach to managing its construction projects, and the construction group was searching to find common practices to track ongoing projects. . .We realized we needed a single, cloud-based platform with heightened security protocols to bring consistency, standardization, repeatability, and greater efficiency to the way that we manage our internal construction projects.

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nucor

Because many of our clients are public entities such as schools and authorities, their projects carry more stringent documentation management and records archiving requirements to maintain transparency into a project’s execution. Many people don’t realize just how much paper and documentation are involved with public construction projects, and streamlining the flow of documents and automating, managing, and archiving communications are an important part of the services that we provide.

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sb thomas

Our clients hire us to keep projects on schedule and under budget without sacrificing quality or cutting corners. VPO is a great tool for helping us consistently achieve those goals while maximizing resource utilization. Documents are located and questions are answered a lot faster, and the system saves us a ton of time, and money because there’s no extraneous effort to locate information or documentation. Everything is so easy to access or update, and everything is tracked. There’s no need to do things by hand or make manual updates.

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kpff

As our construction management business continued to grow—and we had more projects to manage concurrently—we began looking for a better, more organized, single-platform solution. While all of the vendors could handle the basics of processing submittals and change orders, we wanted a solution that was more customizable. With VPO, we’ve streamlined our workflows, improved communications with clients and contractors, and have realized an effective quality control function in the process.

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bowen collins

With VPO, SIMPLUS [since acquired by Anser Advisory] is more productive. We do more with less people, take on more work, and make more money. It’s also been a tool that our clients have embraced, making them more productive. VPO is so easy to use and implement that we’ve found that we don’t need to add additional staff on larger projects. VPO helps reduce that need, adds value, and makes us more competitive. We’re doing much more with less people, resulting in higher revenue.

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anser advisory

VPO is compartmentalized very well and provides the access control tools that we need to automate information flows as well as workflows. By managing user access and tying that access into workflows, we are realizing additional efficiencies as well as the heightened transparency required of a governmental entity. And, at the end of the project, everything is archived, preserving a public record on every project.

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