Construction companies across the globe are finding ways to more effectively manage infrastructure construction projects. Similar to the counterparts in North America, software is helping infrastructure firms improve business efficiency, monitor staff, and keep track of assets, among other tasks.

For example, in India, SEW Infrastructure, www.sewinfrastructure.com, Begumpet, Andhra Pradesh, uses technology to plan and monitor $3 billion worth of projects and manage $150 million worth of equipment.

The company specifically uses enterprise software from Oracle, www.oracle.com, Redwood Shores, Calif., for asset management, content management, HR and payroll, accounting, and project management.

Asset-management software and barcoding has allowed the firm to implement a nationwide inventory-tracking process. The integrated software suite also allows the team to manage progress of projects, materials consumption, tasks, and costs.

The HR functions allow for payroll processing while accounting features allow the company to prepare balance sheets, process payments, and maintain asset books. The content-management portion is used to store and manage payment vouchers, invoices, warranty documents, equipment manuals, and other documents.

The software is deployed in a SaaS (software-as-a-service) model, allowing access for vendors and subcontractors.

In China, the State Nuclear Electric Power Planning Design and Research Institute, www.snpdri.com, Beijing, China, has implemented new smart plant software from Intergraph, www.intergraph.com, Huntsville, Ala., to manage plant design, modifications, upgrades, and refurbishment on its AP1000 project—essentially managing a plant from design to plant decommissioning.

This type of technology allows owner operators to manage data more efficiently, ensuring engineering data is shared between users. This technology supports global collaboration between clients, contractors, and suppliers.

The challenges in today’s construction environment resonate across the globe. Infrastructure construction companies need to be resourceful and closely monitor assets. In addition, collaboration is a top priority today. The technology solutions available allow firms to be more efficient and share data across the entire project team.