Collaboration is being embraced across industries, and the front lines of construction have embraced technology to streamline collaboration between project team members across multiple organizations to reduce costs.

Aconex Limited, www.aconex.com, San Francisco, Calif., recently announced that tin miner Minsur Sociedad Anonima, www.itri.co.uk, Lima, Peru, has agreed to standardize on the Aconex platform for managing information and processes across all of its mining construction projects in South America.

Minsur has successfully deployed Aconex on a number of large mining projects to increase efficiency.

Prior to using the technology, the company struggled with a manual document review and revision process that often resulted in 10-day turnarounds. At this time, emails were managed by the sender without using any registration method to store important or contractual information. Other bottlenecks happened when project teams were unable to transmit or open large attachments. And documents had to be printed and mailed, requiring additional time and cost, with access to contractors’ documents was restricted. Minsur’s needs were clear: an integrated collaboration system to connect its cross-organizational project teams on a single platform.

The company evaluated half a dozen document management solutions and chose Aconex. Benefits included a platform that is cloud-based, so there is no infrastructure to build and manage, and no software to install on everyone’s computer. Project data is secure, auditable and 100% available from anywhere. The system is neutral, providing project-wide stakeholder access for improved transparency and accountability.

Today the company is able to trace every document from creation through final approval. Staff can find what is needed with the platform’s search engine. Additionally, creating workflows is a simple process. The system was easy to implement and use, especially since many of its project partners had prior experience with Aconex.

The ROI (return on investment)? Since deployment of Aconex, Minsur has already realized reductions in document printing costs and turnaround time, while decreasing paper consumption for environmental sustainability. And there’s more–the company has also reduced dispute resolution costs and achieved better governance.

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