On construction projects, technology is helping to improve on-time project delivery and ownership and control across the project life cycle.

Case in point: Aconex, www.aconex.com, Sydney, Australia, recently announced Richard Crookes Constructions, www.richardcrookes.com.au, Naremburn, Australia, deployed its solutions in the successful delivery of the UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) Thomas Street project. Under an enterprise agreement, Richard Crookes has standardized the use of Aconex across all of its commercial, residential, and government infrastructure projects.

The 20,000-square-meter UTS building is home to the university’s Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health, as well as a unique library retrieval system for 900,000 books. The $110-million development also includes a landscaped green space in the middle of the UTS campus. And green is the key to the project’s sustainability, with a range of purpose-built spaces for collaborative learning and research. The Thomas Street project is a cornerstone of the $1-billion UTS Campus Master Plan.

The project comprises three levels below ground and five above, labs for experimentation, modern lecture halls, and a dramatic, wavy building façade, and Richard Crookes and its project team had to overcome a number of complex design and construction challenges. The team consisted of more than 660 individuals from more than 370 different organizations. It says during the course of the project, participants generated and revised nearly 20,000 documents and exchanged more than 14,000 items of correspondence.

To meet the challenges, Richard Crookes used Aconex to closely coordinate all architects, engineers, consultants, subcontractors, and other stakeholders to complete the project on schedule. Aconex provided team members immediate access to project information, correspondence, and both current and prior versions of documents stored securely and permanently in the cloud. Workflows defined by Richard Crookes gave uniform process controls across the project. As a result, the firm and its client, UTS, had a complete audit trail of all project communications, decisions, and changes to help reduce the risk of delays and disputes.

It’s been a win for all, as UTS has seen the efficiencies we’ve gained through using Aconex, according to Doug Zuzic, information systems manager at Richard Crookes. The company relied on the platform as a secure, central repository for all project documents and communications.

In addition to the core platform, Richard Crookes deployed Aconex collaboration solutions for field inspections and handover, as well as mobile access. Aconex Field made on-site inspections for quality and safety faster and more straightforward, through customizable checklists on tablets. Richard Crookes used Aconex Smart Manuals to intelligently capture O&M (operation and maintenance) documentation during the design and construction phases of the project to streamline handover to UTS at practical completion. Throughout the project, Aconex Mobile construction apps provided participants the ability to access, share, review, and update project information in realtime from tablets and smartphones.

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