We are passionate about being part of the new mega infrastructure projects kicking off across the country – to support the delivery of great infrastructure for Australians with record efficiency and timeliness. The better the industry performs, the more certain continued investment in these critical projects becomes.
We’re adding new capability to Envision that’s more tailored to the demands of civil projects – features that haven’t been as critical to labour-dominated oil and gas SMPE&I projects. In particular, we’re adding the ability to measure Earned Value using costs, as well as calculating the daily cost per unit of work delivered against the budget rate – e.g. $9.50/m3. We will be providing real-time metrics so that project engineers, managers and directors can know, on any given day, whether they made or lost money the previous day…and why.
Above: Visualise current and target cost rates using daily costing charts
New features released
- Use of bulk materials – track bulk material deliveries and movements such as concrete, sand, fill etc. against delivery dockets and, optionally, the equipment that moved them. This supplements the labour and equipment use tracking already in Envision to enable daily costings to be performed.
- Schedule import – budget value and tracked budget cost on activities have been added to the schedule import to support dollar-based S-curves.
- Dashboards – print-ready report dashboards (with up to 16 charts per page) are now available in A3 landscape.
Features in development
- Cost rates for people, equipment and materials – we are adding cost, sell and dayworks rates to all resources within Envision so people can estimate the actual cost incurred to perform an activity based on recorded timesheets for people and equipment, and material use against dockets.
- Dollar-based Earned Value and S-curve charts – Envision currently provides S-curves based on labour and quantity metrics. We are now adding dollar-based S-curves to take advantage of the new cost rates and to provide overall project S-curves.
- Daily cost production performance charts – from user feedback, this is what civil project engineers have been hanging out for. These charts will show the daily cost per unit of work performed, tracked against the budget rate. A cumulative ‘to date’ trend line will also be shown to identify whether an operation is making or losing money.
- Progressive, quantity-based progress measurement (not requiring tagged items)
- tagged items are great for tracking the progress of item installations. The quantity-based method shown below is much more appropriate for measuring the progress associated with operations such as bulk earthworks where discrete items are not tracked.
Above: Quantity based incremental progress measurement