My time on the spillway from the Oroville Dam Crisis and my Travel Card

January 28, 2021
By: David Stewart, P.E. - 5 min read

Summer 2017 Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Repairs 2017

Summer 2017 is one I will remember, I had just passed my P.E. (professional engineer) exam in Colorado and the company I was working for at the time won the bid to perform the emergency repairs on the Oroville Dam Spillway. The spillway had failed spectaturly in February (Oroville Dam Crisis) and I was tasked with performing QA/QC on some of the tens of thousands of new anchor rods (shown in purple above).

While I was out at Oroville I was on company expenses, staying in hotels, renting cars… all getting charged on my corporate travel card. My “stint” was not very long, only 6 weeks, however during that time everything was was going on a travel card.

My biggest frustration was with SAP Concur, for whatever reason none of my charges would show up in the dashboard for me to code until 3-5 days after I had swiped the card.

I was on a 6 week trip, charges were happening daily so the center console of my rental car was a mess with receipts. So why could we not expense at the time of the card swipe? Why can’t my card be controlled by my smartphone? Great Questions!

So three years later in January I left construction to start Vendrix with my co-founder Joe Turner with one goal… Create a better corporate card, one that was mobile first and gave contractors access to some much needed technical innovations.

Vendrix does this by moving the expense process to before the transaction, meaning I create the purchase while I am standing in line, or when I pull up to the pump or before I jump in my car. This takes the same amount of time as it does to call an Uber.

If you watched the video above, you can see it is incredibly easy and quick to create a purchase and fund the card. In the coming weeks, Vendrix will be rolling out “pairing features” where you can assign a card to a fuel budget. This will allow it to work like a traditional fuel card and if you need to make a purchase elsewhere, say at Home Depot… you can jump in the app, enter Home Depot, select a budget and either self approve or select an approver. Big Time Saver!

This process would have saved me countless hours and headaches out at Oroville. After working a 10-12 hour day the last thing I wanted to do was an expense report. I have only touched on one of the many major features Vendrix has to offer. This is truly a new, innovative way to go about company purchasing. I invite you to reach out, request a demo so you can see the full potential Vendrix has to offer. Contact Us

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