Transforming open-book contracting

MPC Group’s use of Envision on its QCLNG contracts, over two years, has transformed into what the team has called an ‘open-book’ approach to contracting.

Over this period, with MPC Group being engaged directly with both QGC and CPB Contractors, MPC Group has continued to deliver a number of gas and water trunklines for the expanding QCLNG infrastructure – using Envision since 2015.

Envision has been the central project management system used by all three levels – client, contractor, subcontractor – creating a central point for delivery team collaboration.

The full suite of Envision’s features have been in play, with a focus on work planning, progress and cost capture, daily diary creation, change management, and ongoing productivity reporting.

Across the two trunklines, in the first year of use alone, Envision supported:

  • 1,062 photos
  • 1,414 user comments
  • 2,236 progress entries
  • 292,500 cost entries (labour and equipment)
  • 842 reports (daily, weekly etc)
  • 1,263 hours saved in reporting efficiency

All parties saw the same data, setting the foundation for a positive, proactive contracting relationship. Highlights from using Envision have included:

  • Central data management
  • Easy reporting compliance
  • Transparent variations
  • Step change in project management
  • Continuous product improvement

A full case study on the project has just been launched and is available here.

TMR MIXr showcases real-time technology advancements

Envision is proudly one of the ‘industry solutions’ presenters at the upcoming Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads TMR MIXr on 28 March 2017, providing insights into the advantages available to projects through real-time field reporting.

Off the back of the inaugural event last year, TMR has opened up the one-day event to a wider range of stakeholders – in TMR’s words, ‘connecting government and industry to opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and problem-solving’.

With web and mobile technology enabling massive improvements in field data capture, transport and other construction projects have the opportunity to dramatically improve the way a project’s schedule, progress, changes and costs are managed.

Yet, the majority of large construction projects in Australia are not realising the full benefits of real-time electronic capture of field-based data.

Readily available technology like Envision is a significant untapped resource and, in our presentation, we will showcase how real-time data management can transform delivery decision-making.

As a Queensland-based innovation and the only software of its kind in Australia, Envision features the latest advancements in change (unplanned event) management, field-based collaboration (comments, photos etc) and real-time reporting.

Our session will show how clients have gained better insight into the real-time health and status of their projects to improve decision-making and performance while achieving savings.

It will also look at:

  • End-to-end capture and reporting of field data
  • Significant advantages available when the common reporting ‘blackout’ (the lag between data inputs and reporting) is removed from projects
  • Gains possible through multi-system integration with BIM, GIS and other platforms.

One of the exciting opportunities through events such as TMR MIXr is collaboration. Envision is live and proven on several projects but is based on continual improvement and ‘fast feedback’, meaning it advances through the insights of clients and their involvement in shaping the evolution of the platform.

We see Envision as a true step change in the delivery phase for transport and other infrastructure projects, with benefits for government, industry and community stakeholders, and look forward to participating in the event.

For more information, visit https://www.ivvy.com/event/MIXr17/home.html

Envision partners with iCURO to showcase resources solutions

With Simon Anthonisz, Managing Director, iCURO

Envision teamed up with workforce management software leader, iCURO, at the 14th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference in Sydney this month to showcase the latest in project management software for remote projects.

While this multi-billion sector in PNG continues to expand, with several major projects set to come online in the near future, delivery teams are still faced with the demand to achieve more with less.

From managing remote, disparate project teams to commodity price fluctuations to weather and much more, it’s clear that lean principles are the way forward.

Conference presentations featured major mining and oil and gas companies providing updates on existing operations and the progress of upcoming projects.

The mining side was more upbeat, with steady increases in the gold price leading to several existing mines increasing their production this year, and some gearing up for expansion.

A couple of mines that had stalled shared about how they are bringing new projects online in 2017 now that companies and investors are confident their long-term viability is secure.

In the oil and gas space, the success of the PNG LNG project was a major highlight. The 300th export left the port shortly before the conference began, which is a great achievement by co-venture partners ExxonMobil, Oil Search Limited (OSL), Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited, Santos Limited, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration and Mineral Resources Development Company Limited (MRDC).

The other big news came from the Total presentation, giving more detail to the recently-announced Papua LNG project, expected to start in late 2017. This will be the second large-scale project for PNG – a great boost for the economy and communities there.

With the drive toward increasingly lean operations, attendees were particularly attracted to iCURO’s automated workflows for managing on-boarding, mobilisation and worksite attendance, alongside Envision’s features that simplify the creation of daily diaries, management of daily costings and capture of unplanned events.

Envision showcased at leading technology summit

Envision joined leading construction technology brands this June to share ideas on advancements and innovations for the construction, infrastructure and facilities management sectors in the decade ahead.

The inaugural Construction Technology Summit 2016 attracted more than 30 Australian construction technology start-ups alongside government, small to medium sized enterprises, and industry representatives and thought leaders, with more than 300 attending.

The conference explored avenues for improving how the wider construction industry can operate in the future, with three streams that looked at:

  • The impacts of big data on smart cities and smart infrastructure
  • How mobile will change the future of field processes
  • How technology will impact efficient investment in, and management of, infrastructure assets

The Envision team, as exhibitors, welcomed the opportunity to talk with construction professionals about the challenges they faced in project delivery, with four key insights coming through.

Improving team collaboration was a common theme, with a clear desire to better use the collective knowledge of construction teams to overcome challenges faster.

While too much data was widely recognised for its potential to overwhelm and even detract from important highlights, people agreed that effective execution and ongoing planning depend on timely information – progress, costs, challenges etc – being available to all.

With the now widespread adoption of technologies such as BIM and GIS, the conference also provided a solid platform to further explore how Envision can complement these technologies during project delivery.

Finally, the growing trend for partnership-based contracts, such as PPPs, was also discussed. They bring a distinct set of benefits and communication challenges compared to more traditional contract styles – something Envision’s multi-stakeholder capability is geared to support.

The summit was a great forum for our team to engage with others in the industry, particularly because of the significant advantages we have seen in streamlining technology integration, working with technology providers to better help our clients optimise work efficiency and certainty.

Extranet Evolution reviews Envision

paul-wilkinson“Envision today is a collaborative project delivery platform for design and construction projects that enables near real-time, site-based capture of project data and the continuous integration of that data into the decision-making process. It gives optimal visibility of a project’s schedule, progress, change and costs – drawing on the latest field information and collaboration among project participants, from field teams to design and construction offices and more – driving faster and more informed decision-making.”For full details of article, please click here.Paul Wilkinson from Extranet Evolution reviewed Envision and some of the newly developed capabilities.

2014 Lean Construction Conference

Ennova partnered with industry leading construction companies to present productivity findings from recent projects at the annual Lean Construction Conference. Ennova showcased results from the recent QCLNG project that demonstrated significant reductions in schedule (timescale) and cost, and an overall improvement of around 30% in labour productivity.

The results were discussed at two sessions:

1. Information Is Power – Eliminating Waste at the Work Facelci-2014-talk
  • Robert Turner – Group Manager, Controls and Planning, Leighton Contractors
  • Hugh Hofmeister – Head of Projects, Ennova

 

 

 

 

lci-2014-workshop2. Workshop: Serious Productivity Gains with Evidence-Based Results
  • Robert Turner – Group Manager, Controls and Planning, Leighton Contractors
  • Hugh Hofmeister – Head of Projects, Ennova;
  • Grant Puttergill – Project Controls Manager, QGC
  • Mark Leader – Project Cost Manager, QGC
  • Chris Barber – Project Services Manager, QGC
Note: The content for these sessions is available through the LCI Australia website or can be downloaded by clicking on the images shown here.