Construction Today - February 2011 - (Page 152)
by Dexter Bachelder
Putting Your System To Work
Today, an increasing number of construction companies recognize that effective synchronization and collaboration among all the various stakeholders is the only way to complete large-scale projects on time and on budget.
How do they hope to foster this collaboration? Being truly in sync and efficient requires the entire team to buy into, and practice, a collaborative approach. This means all involved parties are working together toward a common goal, and when organized this can inspire successful communication. Many have turned to online project management systems to establish a completely independent framework that fosters synchronization, increases trust among the stakeholders and, as a consequence, encourages individuals to collaborate. If you’re interested in implementing an online project management system, it’s important to recognize that universal adoption by all the stakeholders is the key to achieving your productivity goals and obtaining the greatest return on your investment. If some project participants are not using the system, then the archive of project data is incomplete. This means teams can’t retrieve the information they need when they need it, and tasks are carried out using old versions of documents. In addition, there won’t be a complete audit trail of correspondence, increasing the exposure to risk for all parties, particularly with respect to delays caused by miscommunication and rework, and disputes over “who did what and when.” Four factors are critical to encouraging every project participant to adopt the online project management system: • The use of the right commercial model; • Protecting data ownership rights; • A high level of functionality and ease-of-use; and • Comprehensive, high-quality support services. PROMOTING ADOPTION The fee structure for an online project management service should not be based on the number of users, the number of participating companies, paying for software licenses, or the amount of data stored. These “charge by number” types of models also contribute to serious budget overruns. More importantly, placing a limit on any one of these creates a financial disincentive to make maximum use of the system. Individuals or companies not invited to join
DEXTER BACHELDER is the vice president and general manager of Americas operations for Aconex. He has worked with construction and engineering companies for more than 12 years in designing and delivering technology solutions, and has been engaged on some the largest and most complex projects around the world. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Out of the Blues
Wall Works USA Inc.
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Construction Today - February 2011