Managing capital projects in today’s market is a whole new way of doing business. Owner organizations have a specific set of needs, which is more commonly requiring the use of construction technology on projects.
Some owners need global capabilities such as support for multiple currencies and languages, while others need a system to manage smaller remodeling and renovation projects. Many are looking for the ability to integrate BIM (building information modeling) data with other project data. No matter what the requirements of the organization, the technology is advancing to meet those needs.
For example, Skire, www.skire.com, Menlo Park, Calif., recently announced one of the world’s leading religious organizations has chosen Skire Unifer for planning, design and construction, and operations and maintenance.
The organization was specially looking for a solution with global capabilities such as support for multiple currencies since users are located throughout more than 100 countries. The owner was also looking for a system that could integrate with PeopleSoft from Oracle, www.oracle.com, Redwood Shores, Calif.—its ERP (enterprise-resource planning) system. Skire Unifier met these needs.
Technology is advancing in order to support global needs as well as integration capabilities. Many of the systems available in the construction market today have the functions to meet international and data-sharing needs.
For example, in the latest release from PMWeb, www.pmweb.com, Woburn, Mass., the new Integration Manager allows users to configure, schedule, and monitor the exchange of data between PMWeb and other external applications such as Oracle and SAP, www.sap.com, Waldorf, Germany, among others.
PMWeb also supports English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese in the latest release. For BIM, the technology can synchronize estimates with Autodesk Revit, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif.
For owners, being able to share 2D and 3D drawing and model data directly from the design software to the project-management software is becoming a greater need in order to improve team collaboration.
Aconex, www.aconex.com, San Bruno, Calif., and Tidefall Software and Services, www.tidefallsoftware.com, Calgary, Alta., recently announced a new partnership to help capital project teams improve efficiency and project turnover to the owner.
Tidefall helps with implementation of technology from providers such as Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., and now offers Aconex to help users capture, transmit, review, and approve project information such as models and drawings—regardless of what software they were created in.
Other technology providers are also making advances in the world of BIM. For example, in the year ahead, owners can expect to see more synergies between the various divisions within Trimble such as Meridian Systems, a Trimble Co., www.meridiansystems.com, Folsom, Calif., and Tekla, www.tekla.com, Espoo, Finland—which Trimble announced earlier this year it plans to acquire.
Meridian recently released its new Proliance 5.0, which gives owners the capability to manage smaller remodeling and renovation projects in the software.
Being able to manage cross-project executive reporting is critical for executives to make key decisions. Organizations such as the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority),www.transitchicago.com, Chicago, Ill., recognize the need to use technology to manage capital programs.
Earlier this summer Salem-Keizer Transit, www.cherriots.org, Salem, Ore., chose Projectmates from Systemates, www.projectmates.com, Dallas, Texas, to manage the design and construction of its transit center and park-and-ride scheduled to open in 2012. The technology was put in place to allow the owner, consultants, and contractors to all have access to the same project information.
The advances in capital program and project management technology are addressing some key needs in the industry. From integrating BIM with other project data to more easily managing smaller projects, today’s owner has many of the tools needed to handle a project of any size.