Sunday Feb 08, 2015

Managing Change on E&C Projects

Written by Krista Lambert, Director Engineering & Construction Strategy, Oracle

 As the saying goes: change happens. But the recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Building in Change: Project Construction in Asset-Intensive Industries revealed that for engineering and construction projects, change is not only inevitable, it creates its own set of challenges. According to the report:

  • More than 60% of survey respondents blame unexpected change for at least one-half of all project overruns
  • 55% of the executives surveyed consider their companies as average or below at anticipating change

Clearly, both owners and E&C firms feel that they could vastly improve their ability to manage change. An enterprise-wide project management system not only provides greater visibility and insight into changes, but also improves communication across organizational boundaries, so you can quickly adapt to disruptions in labor, materials, and costs. To find out more, read the article Critical Components to Effective Project Execution in the latest issue of Construction Connection.

Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

Visualization and the Digital Project

written By Garrett Harley, Director, Engineering & Construction Strategy, Oracle

5D virtual construction will transform the construction industry

 Redesign should take place on the computer, not on the construction site.

 5D virtual construction modeling, or 5D BIM (short for building information modeling) enables the various participants of a construction project—from designers and contractors to owners—to visualize and display the entire construction progress sequentially over time, factoring in a critical component: actual and forecasted costs. It has the potential to vastly transform the delivery of projects large and small.

 Here’s how BIM technology has progressed through the years:

3D: Three-dimensional design modeling that enables project visualizations, walkthroughs, clash detection, and item scheduling

4D: 3D modeling plus time, linking the project schedules: resources, tasks, etc.

5D: 4D plus cost, integrating design with estimating, scheduling, and costing

 Leveraging the data available in the 3D BIM model, 5D BIM optimizes construction project management, enabling project team members to visualize the progression of construction activities and the associated costs. Beyond the ability to maximize physical and constructability constraints, 5D virtual construction gives companies the ability to better manage budgets and forecasted expenditures. Understanding construction sequencing can help prevent problems related to constructability and optimize cash flow within the framework of construction sequencing.

 In today’s environment, many E&C companies and some owners have begun to adapt and adopt 5D into their work processes. Recent surveys predict that 100 percent of owners and 80 percent of contractors will use BIM in some way in 2014.

 Currently, there is no standard definition of BIM and many partial or incomplete solutions. Dual standards have been developed by different organizations such as the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) by the buildingSMART allianceTM and ISO 15926. The number of developers in the BIM space has also grown creating integration issues.

For visualization to drive projects from concept to completion and into operations and maintenance, developers must extend current BIM capabilities. Users need mapping and display capabilities between the embedded construction schedule and the 3D model. They need easy, effective ways to verify clearances, identify design incompatibilities, and detect clash or collision points.

 All construction contractors are currently investing in standalone, specialized niche technology, so now is the time to bring those niche technologies together in an interoperable environment.

 For more information on BIM, read the whitepaper: “Leverage 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) to Help Meet the Challenges of Infrastructure Growth”

Friday Feb 07, 2014

University of Utah Uses Oracle’s Primavera Unifier to Save US$11.5 Million in Budgeted Construction Project Costs

Maintaining and constructing new facilities to support a modern education and research institution requires a commitment to continuous improvements and tight management of complex project portfolios. So to improve project visibility and implement better financial controls for capital projects totaling US$900 million, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City replaced its in-house database for tracking construction projects with the cloud-based Oracle’s Primavera Unifier project management system. The result: the university recently completed two large-scale projects on or before their deadlines at a total of US$11.5 million under budget. Paul Bender, Oracle’s director of public administration strategy, explains how the university achieved these impressive outcomes. University of Utah Uses Oracle's Prrimavera Unifier

Q: One of the projects was the 156,000 square foot Huntsman Cancer Center Phase IIB expansion. What was the impact on that project of having improved financial controls and better collaboration?
A: That project came in two months early and US$9 million under budget. The university attributes a good portion of the savings in time and cost to the project management system. The solution helped school officials reduce the number of electronic RFIs required. It also shortened workflow response times among project team members from a previous maximum of eight weeks to a few hours. In addition, officials benefitted from the elimination of a significant volume of paperwork. The system also helped external partners, including more than 90 consultants and contractors, collaborate more effectively through access to the system for day-to-day project management.

Read the full Q&A here and discover how organizations using Primavera Unifier have the tools necessary to maintain fiscal discipline in day-to-day activities.

Read a complete case study of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on page six of Construction Connection and download an in-depth white paper about Oracle’s Primavera Unifier.

Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

Design. Connect. Build.

Mortenson Construction helps large project teams collaborate and share information—on and off the construction site.[Read More]

Thursday May 03, 2012

Hill International Streamlines Forecasting, Improves Visibility into Project Productivity and Profitability

Hill International, with 3,200 employees in 110 offices worldwide, provides program, project, and construction management, as well as construction claims and consulting services. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. In addition, Hill was a winner of Oracle’s 2011 Eco- Enterprise Awards.

Hill’s mission is to be the very best professional services firms in the world, helping its clients minimize the risks inherent in the construction process. Hill’s experience and expertise helps its clients deliver their projects on time, within budget, and with the highest quality possible.


As Hill manages numerous large construction projects, totaling US$2 to US$3 billion each year, the company needed to streamline business processes by implementing an integrated project management platform. It also needed to replace its Excel-based financial reporting system with a comprehensive tool that provides project-level detail and consolidates forecasts for multiple projects worldwide. The company implemented Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Primavera Contract Management, and Primavera Risk Analysis for a centralized, Web-based system that improved visibility into project status worldwide and streamlined project planning and scheduling, ultimately reducing planning cycle time by 66%. Hill also implemented Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to standardize financial reporting and forecasting processes and support decision-making. With Oracle, Hill gained visibility into the true productivity of each project and cut the financial reporting cycle time from two weeks to one. The company also used the data generated to support new construction project proposals and determine the profitability of potential projects.

A word from Hill International

  • “Oracle Hyperion and Primavera applications provide us with project delivery transparency, which allows us to replicate successful processes, market our success metrics to our clients, and win over contractors and subcontractors to a new way of collaborating and delivering projects.” – Shawn Pressley, Vice President of Project Management Systems, Hill International
To find out more information about this case study, please click here.

Monday Dec 12, 2011

Oracle Embeds BI into the New Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition

The new Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition, is designed to help companies deliver more construction projects on schedule and within scope, while reducing overall project costs, schedule delays, and risks.

The latest edition provides an enterprise version of Primavera Contract Management that helps companies streamline document collaboration and management, improve team member collaboration, avoid claims, and provide visibility into contractor performance. Key enhancements in the new release include

Expanded reporting. The addition of Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher provides a comprehensive and flexible report-writing functionality within Primavera Contract Management. With 150 standard reports and the ability to create their own reports, users gain visibility into potential problems early and can analyze comparative trends and cause and effect among multiple projects. In addition to utilizing Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher for reporting, the new edition also uses it in place of Microsoft Word for letter templates, offering customers the freedom to choose their letter editing format. Letter templates are created in Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher using a data model and are stored as an RTF file for enhanced flexibility.

Support for Oracle User Productivity Kit. This new capability allows organizations to customize online tutorials by providing access to process and training documents directly from within the application. Oracle User Productivity Kit reduces the time required to bring new users up-to-speed and reinforces policies for existing users.

Technology enhancements. Among the latest additions is support for Oracle WebLogic 11g and support for 64-bit environments. Oracle designed this release to be Web services–enabled, offering another integration option in addition to existing APIs.

Familiar look and feel. Oracle designed the latest release so that its user interface corresponds with the look and feel of the entire Primavera suite of products, enabling users to move between products with ease.

You can find further information about Primavera Contract Management by visiting the following links, or by calling 1-800-423-0245



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