Friday Sep 13, 2013

Top Challenges, Implications, and Strategic Solutions for Energy and Utility Companies

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts roughly a $38T capital outlay over the next 15 years for the energy sector. Global energy and utility demand isTop Challenges, Implications, and Strategic Solutions for Energy and Utility Companiesexpected to increase by over one-third in the period to 2035, while the primary energy supply mix shifts considerably to natural gas and unconventional sources. The ability for global power and process owners, operators, contractors, and E&C companies to meet demand will largely depend on their ability to overcome five pain points: a constrained capital market, erratic supply and demand, aging infrastructure, a heightened regulatory environment, and declining global skills.

Iain Graham, director of Process Manufacturing Strategy, Oracle Primavera, hosts a Webcast available On-Demand that spotlights three strategic drivers—operational excellence, financial discipline, and risk mitigation—which are key in driving success and helping to identify, select, execute, operate, and maintain assets in an increasingly complex world. During the Webcast, Iain discusses how financial discipline can help manage capital expenses and focus capital on areas that drive greater shareholder value. Through examples that Iain provides, you can learn how operational excellence enhances efficiency, optimizes resource pools, and reduces waste and inefficiencies. He also covers how improved awareness of cash flow and capital expenditures can help any power and process company better manage and react to uncertainty.

Read the full edition of Engineering News Record’s 2nd edition of Construction Connection to discover more successes and stories in the current and emerging environment in the engineering and construction industry. 

Visit the microsite to read highlight articles from the digital magazine.

Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Top Strategic Drivers to Success in an Unpredictable, Changing World

Whether they are in the power or process industry, owners, operators, and their E&C partners face extraordinary demands in the next 20 years. The International Energy Agency (IEA) 2012 World Market Report estimates that a cumulative investment of US$37 trillion is needed in the world’s energy supply system by 2035.1 Of that investment, US$19 trillion will need to go to oil and gas facilities and infrastructure and US$17 trillion to meet generation, transmission, and distribution needs with the remaining targeted at other energy solutions.

The $19 trillion in oil and gas investments is expected to span the globe from U.S. shale and Canadian oil sands to Iraq’s new oil fields and Brazil’s deepwater drilling. IEA also points out that the current energy renaissance in the U.S. will have significant implications for energy markets and trade. By 2030, the U.S. should be self-sufficient in net energy needs and a net oil exporter because of its increased production of oil, shale gas, and bioenergy as well as improved fuel transport efficiency. As a consequence of the U.S. shift, international oil owners will place more emphasis on Asian markets and strategic links to the Middle East. Utilities face unprecedented pressures, as well, given IEA’s estimating $17 trillion investment in power infrastructure. Global electricity demand is expected to increase over 70% by 2035, according to IEA, with over half that demand from China and India. As well, electric utilities in the U.S. are expected to invest at least $51.1 billion in transmission projects through 2023.2 The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) estimates that more than three-quarters of the $51.1 billion will be used to support the integration of renewable resources in an effort to meet growing demand, relieve congestion, improve reliability, and support new generation sources to power grids.

Whether owner, developer, utility, or E&C company, success in the current and emerging environment will most certainly depend on an organization’s cost control, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation—read the full article in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2nd edition of the Construction Connection digital magazine to discover why.

Visit the microsite to read highlight articles from the digital magazine.

Monday Aug 12, 2013

Live Webcast Series Part III: Parkland Hospital's Multi Initiative PPM Successes - Aug.28


The largest public construction project in America is Dallas County’s New Parkland Hospital and Campus. The project has redefined public health care with a LEED Silver facility that will provide more patient-centered care in a second to none healing environment. The changing nature of healthcare infrastructure required them to manage this program differently.

By implementing Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Parkland was able to:

  • Improve their ability to coordinate both internally and externally
  • Control costs, schedules, and documentation
  • Gain the transparency of compliance that providers need for asset lifecycle support

Shelly Sipes and Garrett Harley will discuss how Parkland Hospital resolved their challenges by implementing Oracle Primavera EPPM, and not only applied it to their needs around engineering and construction, but is now extending the Oracle Primavera platform to support a multi-initiative PPM across the business.


August 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM PDT
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Friday Aug 24, 2012

Standardizing Project Management Processes in the AEC Industry

An enterprise technology platform doesn't only help with standardization of key project management processes across the enterprise; it also improves performance management, team collaboration and client specific reporting at an individual project level.[Read More]

Friday Aug 03, 2012

Connecting with the Field: Mobile Apps Boost Collaboration

New mobile applications can create a platform that provides data access and efficient, repeatable business processes throughout project lifecycles. A new white paper from Oracle looks at the role of these mobile applications and how they’re improving communications not only between owners and contractors but also among all members of project teams.

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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.

Sunday Jan 15, 2012

Chicago Public Schools Increases Project Productivity, Saves Millions with Oracle Solutions

Chicago Public Schools significantly improved project management processes, project tracking, and the oversight of a US$600 million capital improvement program with the help of Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and related Oracle applications

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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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