There aren’t many businesses that can challenge the construction industry’s signature focus on teamwork. With the industry’s close coordination of workflows, documents, and communications between organizations, there are always clear opportunities for improved collaboration.

For one recent project, Pomerleau,, Saint-Georges, Quebec, turned to Aconex,, San Bruno, Calif., to realize teamwork opportunities—on multiple levels. With construction of a PPP (public-private partnership) infrastructure prison near Montréal, Pomerleau needed a system for document control and other critical project-information management functions, with equal access to all participants.

Like other PPP infrastructure projects, the Sorel-Tracy Detention Centre project required a large team and close coordination of workflows, documents, and communications between different organizations. Additionally, compliance requirements are strict, with a high risk profile and need to update many stakeholders. For project complexity at this level, Aconex is able to deliver with proven results: increased speed, quality, and transparency across the project team. “We’re able to reduce response times for RFIs (requests for information) and design requests from weeks or months to days, resulting in efficiency and productivity improvements of 85% or more,” says Eric Lessard, IT director at Pomerleau. “We’re also able to reduce errors in design and construction, saving time and costs for rework and financial penalties.”

Initially, Pomerleau is employing the Aconex platform to manage the bidding and tendering process for the engagement of consultants and subcontractors on the Sorel-Tracy project. The platform’s accessibility, structured processes, and audit trail of all project activities will help companies like Pomerleau mitigate risk and meet compliance criteria proactively.

“The Sorel-Tracy Detention Centre is an example of a PPP infrastructure project with especially rigorous document control and information management requirements,” says Frank Kopas, general manager of the Americas at Aconex. “With Aconex, Pomerleau and its team can proceed with confidence that they’ll control the project from beginning to end and deliver a high-quality result to their client.”