IVO Blog

  • Can you collect hour meters and manage mixed fleets?
    We understand that most companies work with mixed fleets of equipment- with different manufacturer and third party GPS telematics, and other equipment without any ‘GPS tracking’. At IVO Systems, we created our platform to manage any type of equipment. If you have GPS telematics enabled equipment we aggregate GPS telematics data and present them in an easy-to-review format for your convenience. With this layout, you can easily tackle any issues with equipment or specific units as soon as they arise. In addition to this capability, our platform allows you to manage equipment manually moving locations and enter hour meters in […]
  • How is IVO Systems different from HCSS and B2W?
    Many of our customers already use HCSS products, specifically HeavyBid and HeavyJob. We recommend those products for bidding your work and tracking how your bid is playing out with daily time cards for each bid. Those products are great, and we are not competing in the bidding or detailed time card market. We see our value in providing services that help you track, dispatch and maintain your equipment. We provide a price for your entire company to have access to the software- for tasks such as scheduling employees, any project notes, and many other features. We focus on improving and […]
  • IVO System software updates and bug fixes
    At IVO Systems, co-founder Bob Lien developed our software in-house, and we built our platform to be as simple as possible. We have a combined 25 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry, and we’ve had our fair share of software that over-complicates our needs. We know what we want out of our software, and we’ve worked hard to eliminate any unnecessary features in order to streamline our platform and make it as efficient as possible. If you come across any bugs or issues while using IVO Systems, we make ourselves available to help you and resolve any […]
  • What are the challenges of managing heavy equipment?
    Co-founders Eric Christensen and Bob Lien both used to work in the field and office at a heavy civil company, and were frustrated with the information gap between the two. There’s a lot of steps taken to ensure you have the right equipment- calling the dispatcher, talking with the foreman and other operators, all to make sure you know where the equipment is located. We didn’t like having to chase down equipment, and we knew there was a better way. We like to think of our software as an online magnet board. If you have many pieces of equipment you […]
  • What experience do our co-founders have and why did they want to create IVO Systems? Bob Lien
    Bob Lien is one of the co-founders of IVO Systems. His background is in the heavy civil construction industry, and he has experience as a web software developer. At his last position, Bob helped manage the heavy equipment fleet and dealt with a lot of software, including leading the implementation of HCSS Equipment360.   Bob was not satisfied with the options that were available for software, due to their high costs and their lack of features that were necessary. He and Eric then partnered to create IVO Systems- a software solution that would fill these gaps.  IVO Systems help customers get […]
  • What experience do our co-founders have and why did they want to create IVO Systems? Eric Christensen
    Eric Christensen is one of IVO Systems co-founders. He was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in civil engineering. He started as a design engineer and inspector and then became a senior estimator at a construction company in Cottage Grove, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.  During his time there, he became a professional engineer, master plumber and certified soil tester. He felt that these certifications made him a more well-rounded and knowledgeable engineer when working with and presenting to other engineers and owners.  While working in a technologically advanced company, Eric […]
  • How To videos
    Below are videos on various topics to help guide you while you use IVO Systems. For any further questions, please contact us at (608) 509-7431 or support@ivosystems.com.
  • Customer Testimonial: Mitch Urbanowicz with Monona Plumbing and Fire
    Mitch Urbanowicz manages the site utility and earthwork division for Monona Plumbing and Fire. In addition to managing their fleet of heavy equipment for earthwork and plumbing divisions, he has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and heavy equipment market. He uses IVO Systems everyday. Below is our interview with Mitch. Do you use other software daily? Does your company use other software daily? I mean, the only software we actually use daily would be like Sage, which is our accounting software or Outlook or something like that. It’s not- no other type of tracking software, equipment, […]
  • How does implementation work?
    The implementation process for our software is very simple. We provide excel spreadsheets to customers so they can enter the information that they have into our spreadsheets that we import. If you have current, up-to-date lists of your equipment and project locations for TrackVO, and hour meters for MaintainVO, we can very easily and quickly import that information into IVO Systems for you to start using our software right away. During the implementation process, you send us your spreadsheets and we’ll set up meetings to review that information and use our industry specific experience to make sure you have set […]
  • What kind of customer support does IVO Systems offer?
    As a new company, we aim to offer the best customer support we can. As our company grows, it’s our goal to be able to offer 24/7 customer service. While we cannot promise that at this time, we are always available to call and we’ll always get back to you within 24 hours or less, with a plan of action to address your concerns. We understand how important your operations are and we will do everything in our power to answer any of your questions within the business hours we are available. When you do call, you’re going to get […]
  • Who is IVO System’s ideal customer?
    We can help construction companies of all sizes and types improve their operations, but our main focus right now is the heavy civil construction market, because that’s where both of our co-founders have the most experience. Trying to manage your operations is not always easy- you may have multiple spreadsheets that need to constantly be updated by people in the field and people in the office. This means that occasionally, things can get quickly mixed up or missed completely. If your company has found itself in a situation like this, we can help you. You need software to help manage […]
  • Why does IVO Systems not provide bidding software?
    There’s many options for bidding software in the heavy civil industry. If you’re large enough, using bidding software is necessary. We at IVO Systems understand the need for bidding software, but we also understand how different bidding software is from what we do- primarily operational software. We recognize that typically, you might bid 20 jobs for every one job that you get. You need to set up each bid for each job as quickly and as accurately as possible. When you do get the job, you need to revise and update the information you have in order for it to […]
  • Why does IVO Systems not provide accounting software?
    When companies need to better manage their project costs, they often look for software solutions, which in many cases means graduating from a system like Quickbooks to a higher and more construction-specific accounting software. After these companies grow, they then try to use the same accounting software to manage their operations. This is cause for complication, as accounting and operations are often managed differently. Using accounting software to run your operations limits the field usability of the software. Our software is made specifically to be used in the field- where you make and lose your money. At IVO Systems, we […]