On Track with Construction Software

September 04, 2013

Being able to access bid data and other project documentation, either at the office or in the field, is key for today’s construction teams. What’s more, allowing that data to be available to different project participants—architects, engineers, contractors, owners, etc.—is a top need for many large construction projects.

This is the case on the expansion of Tocumen Intl. Airport project, which is adding a second terminal. This project, which began this past March, will add 80,000-square meters and 20 new boarding gates to the airport. Norberto Odebrecht Construction, www.odebrecht-usa.com/en, Salvador, Brazil, is tasked with construction on this project.

The team expects to spend the first two years of the four-year project preparing the design and engineering specifications, constructing earthworks, building concrete structures, and starting the external façade, among others. The final two years will be spent finishing the façade and roof, baggage handling, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems, and control tower construction.

On a project this large, the team needed a means to manage documentation on the job. The project sought technology to manage the subcontractor bidding process and engineering document interchange among designers and the airport owner. Norberto Odebrecht Construction found the answer in the Aconex Online Collaboration Platform from Aconex, www.aconex.com, San Bruno, Calif. The project participants are also using Aconex Field for on-site inspections and issues management.

Norberto Odebrecht Construction was up and running on the platform in less than a month, with approximately 125 active users from five different organizations on the platform. The benefits are the ability to share documents in one location. The technology also creates an audit trail of project activities for transparency and accountability for the owner. With the system, the owner can receive updates on a regular basis, rather than on a CD at the end of a project.

This type of technology gives large construction teams access to project data and documentation, whether they are in the office or on a job.

The recent Constructech IT Playbook takes an in-depth look at this trend of taking modeling data and project documentation to the jobsite. More than half of respondents see immediate improvement to workflow when taking the digital model mobile, saying such an action allows them to deliver projects faster to owners and enables the team to build more complex buildings simply by being able to leverage the capabilities of today’s mobile devices.

How are you managing data on construction jobs? Large projects are finding collaboration platforms can enable teams to share documentation across multiple parties, but the benefits of having access to data at the office or in the field can extend to any size construction project.