Powerproject Vision helps VINCI Construction UK realise its desire for a digital future
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VINCI Construction UK’s Building Division has entrusted Powerproject Vision by Elecosoft to support the drive for digital transformation in their planning processes. Powerproject Vision is a cloud platform that enables planners and project managers to work consistently across multiple projects and collaboratively around shared projects, no matter where they are based. VINCI’s Building Division typically manages between 25 and 30 concurrent live projects, plans up to 100 preconstruction or tender projects per year, and has nine offices distributed around the UK.
The implementation of Powerproject Vision is part of the company’s ‘Digital by Desire’ programme, an initiative designed to encourage staff at every level to embrace the opportunities of digital technology. As part of a broad business review completed in 2019, the Building Division identified that its planning function would benefit in adopting new and more consistent ways of working.
Steven Tideswell, Head of Business Excellence explained: “Having reached the stage where much of our project management architecture had been refreshed and matured, we realized that significant change was needed in the planning team’s technology and tools, as well as what they could do with data, insights, and reporting.
“We are committed Powerproject users and quickly realized that Powerproject Vision could be an effective solution to our challenges”
The Building Division had three goals in mind. First, better standardization and integration of its Design, Procure, Construct programmes. Second, enhanced reporting that would eliminate the use of Excel spreadsheets for the purpose. Third, improved progress updates from sites. All of these are in the process of being achieved with the aid of Powerproject Vision.
Enhancing planning process
The Building Division has used Powerproject to make the planning methodology easier for its planners, who were already users of the software. Powerproject Vision enforces the use of a standard template, which prevents divergent approaches emerging over time. With this template, the Building Division now utilizes task pools to standardize the activities that planners incorporate and set the level of detail required. “This will make life much easier for our planners. We have pre-coded, pre-costed and pre-resourced activities, and that frees their time up to use their knowledge and skill to optimize programmes instead of build them” Steven said.
He continued: “Powerproject Vision has also helped us to standardize our workflows by controlling our planning governance. It can help set which planning activities happen at what stage, establish quality criteria, what authorization gateways they must go through, and what peer review or project manager signoff is required.”
Unlocking data intelligence
Powerproject Vision enables the Building Division to benchmark and maintain standards across every project and connect its project and programme planning data to the rest of its business information. “We can now hook Powerproject Vision up to our Power BI business intelligence platform and gain real time data about our programmes when we need it. We have already achieved this in other areas of the business and found it hugely valuable, especially during the pandemic. We want to get our programming data into the BI platform as fast as possible, because it will enable us to disperse it to all levels of management and enable anyone to bring the live data up remotely.”
“We can now hook Powerproject Vision up to our Power BI platform and gain real time data about our programmes when we need it.”