Industrial Owners & EPCM Contractors
Many of the Owners and EPCM Contractors across industry state they have real-time insight into project performance based on reporting connected to their planning and cost systems. The challenge is that these systems are typically updated on a monthly cycle and therefore real-time insight actually becomes “real-time insight” … once a month.
This results in a Time to Decision that is far too long to be of maximum benefit, and in many cases, the opportunity to influence corrective action is lost or greatly reduced. By reducing the Time to Decision, Owners and EPCMs are able to quickly analyze information from the field, assess mitigation opportunities, implement corrective actions and update the Planning and Cost Management systems with accurate, up-to-date information.
E7 provides Owners and EPCM Contractors with a digital collaboration platform into which Construction Contractors publish performance data deliverables, providing a daily clear line of sight of status and performance across an entire project, greatly assisting with the continuous planning and execution of works. As a result, E7 minimises the risk of cost and time overruns, acting as a trusted source of truth, creating transparency where good news is bad news fast rather than late surprises.
Key outcomes achieved with E7
- Clear line of sight on project performance
- Contractor collaboration – setting up for success
- Learning and Benchmarking through Contractor Collaboration
- Retaining learnings and knowledge and cross-project comparisons
- Data for supporting future AI and Machine Learning capabilities
Clear line of sight on project performance
Real-time project visibility and transparency, all of the time.
E7 provides real-time performance tracking, giving project and organisation leaders a clear line of sight across all aspects of a project.
Best practice methodologies such as Advanced Work Packaging, and robust rules of credit progress measurement are implemented so that performance can be tracked and analysed, variances identified and corrected before they become unpleasant and costly surprises for a project or across the portfolio. Progress Measurement and Real-time Schedule Performance Analytics to ensure that good news is bad news fast so you can keep your project on track.
Data offers a wealth of useful information for capital-project teams. Project data can be used to determine what drives better performance, while inspection reports can be used to improve project quality.
Unfortunately, Industrial project teams rarely make full use of the project data available to them largely due to such data exist in thousands of electronic spreadsheets or even on paper, with no central repository. And since project reporting is done in different formats, styles, and systems, the way data are captured is not standardized. As a result, any data generated from a project are in effect lost once it has come to an end.
Structured, real-time data directly from the field provides owners accurate and timely insight into the true field conditions, illuminating opportunities for risk mitigation and project governance. By standardizing how data is captured and stored, real-time performance data from projects is accessible across the company enabling project teams to anticipate and mitigate issues related to cost, schedule, and quality.
Learning and benchmarking through contractor collaboration.
When a project is 20% complete, it is almost impossible to change its trajectory, and remedial action requires massive spend to try and mitigate an overrunning schedule.
Lean, efficient project teams are teams that are set-up for success. Through active monitoring and analysis, project performance is continually evaluated, giving you confidence that project partners are performing their role in line with expectations. Efficient collaboration between Owners and Contractors requires data from the Contractors to be easily published as repeatable project deliverables that are validated automatically and instantly made available for inclusion in progress and performance management.
The Challenge: Systems are typically updated on a monthly cycle and therefore real-time insight actually becomes “real-time insight … once a month”. This results in a Time to Decision that is far too long to be of maximum benefit, and in many cases, the opportunity to influence corrective action is lost or greatly reduced.
The Solution: E7 enables contractors to provide data, not reports, in a structured, consistent environment. With the data maintained in a single, trusted data environment, the quantification of the impacts of change and disruption can be evaluated and captured minimizing the Time to Decision and maximizing transparency.
This is achieved by providing a digital platform for Contractors to publish their progress reporting deliverables as data rather than traditional reports. This greatly reduces, the Time to Decision the time typically spent by Owner team project controls personnel managing adhoc manual methods of processing, massaging and organising data that can then be integrated into the planning and cost management systems.
Rather Contractors publish progress on a daily basis that can be reviewed and used by all members of the owner’s team each day to reduce Time to Decision and ensure clean structured data that can easily be imported into Planning and Cost Management systems to support the end of month reporting cycles.
By reducing the Time to Decision, Owners and EPCMs are able to quickly analyze information from the field, assess mitigation opportunities, implement corrective actions and update the Planning and Cost Management systems with accurate, up-to-date information.
Total project transparency means that actions can be taken to support project teams as they deliver major works. E7 provides complete peace of mind that a project is on track.
Learning and benchmarking
Rich data for future project learnings and continuous cross-portfolio benchmarking.
Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and/or best practices from other industries. Benchmarking is a continuous effort of analysis and evaluation. Care must be taken in deciding what to benchmark. Deciding what information to benchmark against is usually easier than obtaining that information.
E7 enables contractors to provide data, not reports, in a structured, consistent environment. With the data maintained for each project in a single, trusted data environment, the quantification of the information, along with the impacts of change and disruption can be evaluated and captured, greatly reducing the Time to Decision. With a standard approach to data collection across a portfolio of projects, benchmarking is accomplished by consistent evaluation of quality, time and cost using E7’s Analytics and Deep Insights into project performance; with learnings applied to each successive project.
Through E7 project performance is controlled and maximised to reduce waste and delay and boost productivity and profitability.
Data modelling and analytics
Powerful, insightful analytics at the touch of a button.
E7 provides a rich standardised data model across projects that enables deep business intelligence data insights either within E7 or when leveraged into Corporate BI reporting data sources. This enables insights from either a project or portfolio level starting at the project level down to individual activity level.
User adoption insights are also available to provide governance peace of mind and to enable visibilities of projects that require adoption coaching and support.
Dashboards and reporting
Standardised and powerful dashboards and reports provide information when you need it.
Interactive dashboards and reports are built around E7 standardised data model that can be filtered drilled into based on user preferences.
E7 has out of the box standardised dashboards and reports based on continuous industry feedback that leverage over 100 defined reporting codes aligned with industry standards.
Corporate BI integration
The perfect partner for your corporate systems.
Utilise E7 as a data source within your companies wider Business Intelligence reporting strategy to build your own customised dashboards leveraging the E7 analytics data model.
Solutions and benefits
Advanced Work Packaging
Accurate, up-to-date progress measurement and risk mitigation.
Advanced Work Packaging and Work Face Planning rely upon accurate up-to-date information for execution of the construction process. Without daily input from field activities, the management of packaged work is relegated to ad-hoc progress updates for which packages can be efficiently issued to the field. With daily clear line of sight into the path of construction, E7 delivers the real-time field data into the IWP lifecycle for accurate, up-to-date progress measurement and risk mitigation.
- Earned Value / performance management
The central system for rich labour and progress data collection
Projects typically rely on each discipline running their own manual earned value and performance calculations in spreadsheets. This siloed, unwieldy and inconsistent data makes project-wide weekly and monthly reporting time-consuming and vulnerable to errors. E7 provides a standardised, disciplined approach to earned value and performance management that integrates with planning and cost management systems for further benefit. It gives teams a central system to collect rich labour timesheets and progress data.
- Progress measurement
Fast, accurate visibility supporting efficient and effective decision making
With competing demands on most projects, tracking progress at various levels – from teams to disciplines to areas to whole projects – is a common challenge. This is compounded when a project has no central daily record of activities against a broader program. E7 enables the daily tracking of progress across a wide range of inputs and metrics, linked to a project’s activities. Through dashboards and reports, leaders gain quick visibility to support efficient and effective decision-making.
- Progress Claim Verification
Certainty and transparency for contractor and subcontractor progress.
For lump sum and schedule-of-rates projects, data that verifies progress claims has traditionally been captured in siloed spreadsheets, requiring significant manual effort to maintain, share and reconcile records. E7 supports the clear, indisputable and efficient verification of subcontractor claims. Actual progress is captured and assessed through standardised workflows, giving certainty and transparency to contractors and subcontractors.
- Progress / schedule collaboration
Progress / schedule collaboration
Harnessing the power of a construction program as a live resource, not an outdated client document
E7 rewrites the rulebook on collaborations, providing the data, insights and tools needed to support high performing project teams. E7 is the only construction platform that directly integrates programs, safely sharing them with entire project teams – dramatically increasing information sources and opportunities to collaborate, re-prioritise and improve. This effectively harnesses the power of a construction program as a live project resource, not an outdated client document.
- Events and notices
- Photo Management
- Daily Diaries & Reports
Clearly see the impact of change
E7’s mobile event capture form places responsibility as close to the action as possible, enabling any team member to record events in real-time and set in motion a clear, defined workflow, best positioning projects to stay on track. Resource time can immediately be allocated to Events to clearly show the impact of change.
Create readily-usable assets for reports and other key project documents.
E7 enables a disciplined approach to project photos. Once taken, they are linked immediately to activities, events or tasks, creating traceability and searchability for the life of a project. This turns photos into readily-usable assets for reports and other key project documents.
Consolidated field insight and daily visibility
Paper diaries create an administrative burden, place a damaging gap between project leaders and project insight, and result in a ‘loss’ of data with no searchability. E7 provides a standardised solution and central source for daily records designed for use in real-time construction management. It removes the mess of multiple spreadsheets or paper diaries. This instantaneous tracking lets engineers and managers better monitor occurring work. Even compared to other electronic diary solutions, E7’s advantage comes from fully integrated data, providing rapid access to a rolled-up view of project activities.
- Timesheets / timecards
- Attendance and competency
Instant feedback of daily performance.
The fast, accurate tracking of labour, equipment and materials input on projects underpins profitability. E7’s timesheets solution offers the benefits of digital records, saving time and reducing input errors while creating a powerful record of the quantum of resources booked against project activities. It allows instant feedback of daily performance to enable early identification of performance challenges to support better management decision making.
Real-time, reliable, searchable persons-on-board data.
The efficient, accurate management of large workforces impacts project productivity and profitability. E7 uses existing hardware, paired with E7 mobile, to enable supervisors to scan in their crews from anywhere in the field, or projects can create easy mobile kiosks. The result – real-time, reliable, searchable persons onboard data.
Origin’s APLNG Collaborative Well Delivery Program
Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) is the world’s first project to turn gas from coal seams into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects.
E7 was used daily, across the majority of the QCLNG project, as the single source of truth for making key decisions that affected project delivery, including schedule and cost.
No matter a project’s location, E7 is here to help.
E7 is a software as a service solution which means that on desktop, tablet or mobile, our software is available whenever and wherever a project team is based, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Wherever a project is located, our support teams are ready to help.
From training teams on remote worksites to dedicated local support, we ensure that our software is available, accessible and fully embedded across every area of a project.
When communications are not possible, E7 performs.
Remote synchronisation means that data can be captured and stored offline and synchronised back to the project when communications are available.
Suite of integration APIs
Seamless integration with Corporate Systems.
E7 is available all the time, in any location and across any platform, and our commitment to inhouse or corporate systems ensures a seamless flow of data and insights.