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Transforming open-book contracting

MPC Group’s use of Envision on its QCLNG contracts, over two years, has transformed into what the team has called an ‘open-book’ approach to contracting.

Over this period, with MPC Group being engaged directly with both QGC and CPB Contractors, MPC Group has continued to deliver a number of gas and water trunklines for the expanding QCLNG infrastructure – using Envision since 2015.

Envision has been the central project management system used by all three levels – client, contractor, subcontractor – creating a central point for delivery team collaboration.

The full suite of Envision’s features have been in play, with a focus on work planning, progress and cost capture, daily diary creation, change management, and ongoing productivity reporting.

Across the two trunklines, in the first year of use alone, Envision supported:

  • 1,062 photos
  • 1,414 user comments
  • 2,236 progress entries
  • 292,500 cost entries (labour and equipment)
  • 842 reports (daily, weekly etc)
  • 1,263 hours saved in reporting efficiency

All parties saw the same data, setting the foundation for a positive, proactive contracting relationship. Highlights from using Envision have included:

  • Central data management
  • Easy reporting compliance
  • Transparent variations
  • Step change in project management
  • Continuous product improvement

A full case study on the project has just been launched and is available here.

Measuring Productivity on the QCLNG Project

Late last year, in collaboration with Thiess and QGC, Ennova implemented Envision across 14 upstream compression facilities in Queensland – projects valued at around $2 billion. They all faced an ambitious delivery schedule, large geographic separation and complex logistics.

As the projects progressed, Envision focused the project team’s ability to measure and drive execution. Envision was used daily as the single-source-of-truth for making key decisions that affected project delivery, schedule and cost.

Fast facts

  • Peak workforce – 3,200 people
  • 5,000 planned Activities from a level 3 master program
  • 192,000 individual tagged items
  • 1,700 unplanned Events

The team collected more than 7,000 photographs linked to either Activities or Events, encouraging conversations including attracting more than 10,000 individual comments. Envision helped the team collaborate and share project information, building a collective brains trust that helped improve productivity.

qclng-productivityLabour productivity

With a large majority of labour time being captured within Envision, labour productivity could be calculated for each facility and plotted against time using the effective project start date.

With greater visibility around progress and real-time input directly from the field, the team was able to demonstrate an improvement in labour productivity of around 30% between the first and last facility.

 

Schedule compression

qclng-scheduleDetailed progress information collected from Activity and tagged item progress provided insight into the relative schedule performance of the 14 different construction projects.

Referred to as ‘racing curves’, the normalised schedules highlight the relative improvement in construction time with the more recent projects being completed in significantly shorter periods.

 

 

 

Testimonials

The benefits for Thiess and QGC are seen in testimonials like these:

“Envision has provided accurate, real-time reporting that has enabled fast and effective decision-making that has led to measurable improvements in efficiency and productivity which have led to cost and schedule benefits on our project.”
Joe Dujmovic – Thiess, Project Director QCLNG Upstream Main Works Project

“This is the greatest access we’ve had to real-time, accurate performance information to enable quality, value-adding decision-making.”
Grant Puttergill – QGC, Project Controls Manager QCLNG Upstream Main Works Project

In the coming months, we will develop a detailed QCLNG case study and publish that on our website.

CBF4 Case Study

Downer EDi Engineering recently piloted Envision in the field on a $10 million construction project at Boyne Smelters in Gladstone. The project was the structural installation of a carbon bake furnace with approximately 14,000 pieces of steel pieces supplied by the client. Ennova worked closely with the Downer EDi team to implement Envision on the project.

Envision provided Downer EDi with a new and exciting way to work that enhanced the recording and communication across site and office locations in near real time. To find out more about the use of Envision on the project download our Case Study.