PRO­JECT MAN­AGE­MENT

A look at how pro­ject man­age­ment tech helped build DXB air­port’s Con­course A

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Con­trac­tors recog­nise that con­struc­tion de­lays can have se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions for the fi­nan­cial and rep­u­ta­tional health of their busi­nesses. Ear­lier this month, Saudi Ara­bia’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­port­edly fired the con­trac­tor tasked with build­ing two schools in the Eastern prov­ince city of Qatif af­ter the builder failed to com­plete the projects on time.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal news out­let Saudi Gazette, which cited Al-Yaum news­pa­per, the de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing the pro­ject lasted more than six years, which was said to have con­firmed the “neg­li­gence of the con­trac­tor that caused the projects to fal­ter”.

The fir­ing came as 510 school con­struc­tion projects were at a stand­still due to dis­putes be­tween the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and pro­ject con­trac­tors. Col­lec­tively, the de­layed projects are val­ued at $800m (SAR3bn). Ac­cord­ing to a Saudi Gazette re­port, which cites the lo­cal Al-Mad­ina news­pa­per, some of the stalled projects were only 20%

com­plete when they should have been nearly fin­ished.

Vari­a­tions and con­tract dis­putes not­with­stand­ing, con­trac­tors must take proac­tive steps to en­sure that their schemes are not de­layed, and the adop­tion of re­li­able pro­ject man­age­ment soft­ware can help them to avoid post­pone­ments. This is per­haps best ev­i­denced by ALEC and ALEC Fit- Out’s work on Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s (DXB) Con­course A.

Con­course A, which is part of DXB’s Ter­mi­nal 3, opened on 2 Jan­uary 2013 with the de­par­ture of Emi­rates’ EK003 flight to Lon­don’s Heathrow Air­port.

Un­der a con­tract worth al­most $1.2bn (AED4.3bn), the com­pa­nies’ work on the pro­ject in­cluded the de­vel­op­ment of 20 gates, of which 18 serve Air­bus A380 air­craft. Dubai Air­ports’ data states that Con­course A is 90m wide and 645m long, and has a to­tal built-up area of 528,000m2.

Ac­cord­ing to a note is­sued by Con­struc­tion Com­puter Soft­ware (CCS) on its web­site, the master con­trac­tor “took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the over­all co­or­di­na­tion of the pro­ject and the var­i­ous sub- con­trac­tors and as­so­ci­ated works”.

CCS con­tin­ues: “Adding com­pli­ca­tion to the pro­ject was the fact that it was to be housed en­tirely within the ac­tive air­port area […], which in turn meant it had the po­ten­tial to se­verely im­pact day-to- day op­er­a­tions and in­deed flight safety, if not very tightly […] man­aged.”

ALEC and ALEC Fitout de­ployed CCS’s Candy and BuildS­mart soft­ware to “seam­lessly link the end-to-end works to­gether and de­liver this $1.2bn pro­ject within 29 months”. The com­pany says these fig­ures rep­re­sent an on-bud­get and on-time com­ple­tion.

Out­lin­ing their use of the es­ti­mat­ing and con­struc­tion soft­ware plat­forms, CCS ex­plains: “The se­cret to suc­cess was en­sur­ing the en­tire end-to-end ac­tiv­ity was co­or­di­nated and man­aged ex­pertly from ini­tial ten­der at es­ti­ma­tion, right through break­ing ground, con­trol­ling of vari­a­tions, and fi­nal han­dover.

“By choos­ing Candy and BuildS­mart, they were able to em­ploy pro­ject man­age­ment soft­ware that not only fed the cost and en­ter­prise man­age­ment soft­ware, but worked along­side it through the pro­ject to al­low early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and deep drilling into any vari­a­tions as they oc­curred.”

Clearly, the benefits of pro­ject man­age­ment soft­ware are fully un­der­stood at ALEC, whose chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Kez Tay­lor, was the num­ber one en­try on the 2018 Con­struc­tion Week Power 100 list. Mid­dle East con­struc­tion con­trac­tors would do well to fol­low in the foot­steps of the UAE con­tract­ing heavy­weight.

“THE SE­CRET TO SUC­CESS WAS EN­SUR­ING THE EN­TIRE END-TOEND AC­TIV­ITY WAS CO­OR­DI­NATED AND MAN­AGED EX­PERTLY FROM INI­TIAL TEN­DER AT ES­TI­MA­TION, RIGHT THROUGH BREAK­ING GROUND, CON­TROL­LING OF VARI­A­TIONS, AND FI­NAL HAN­DOVER.”

Con­course A is part of DXB. [im­age: ALEC / 2015]

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