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Qatari companies lead the way at Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards 2019

BY: Janet Poses, Oracle

With forecasts predicting Qatar to be amongst the fastest growing global construction markets from 2019 to 2024, it is clear that the country has a bright future ahead. 

But to meet these infrastructure expectations, the Qatari government has needed to adopt a number of best practice approaches in technology and organisational structure. Plus, with a predicted increase in population expected for the state, a number of key trends and requirements have begun to emerge in order to develop Qatar’s transport infrastructure, modern residential and hospitality environments, and in the creation of a range of world-class sporting venues. 

In this pursuit for infrastructure improvement, the country’s owners, developers, contractors, and agencies have stepped up to the challenge and experienced award-winning achievements as a result.

Public Works Authority Qatar ‘Ashghal’

Delivering a new sewage infrastructure for south Doha, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has implemented a programme that provides sustainable infrastructure alongside reduced environmental impacts.

In order to successfully implement this challenging and complex programme, standardised processes, project planning, and information management systems were required to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and availability of the information needed for key decision-making.

To ensure project success, Ashgal and their management consultant for the program, Jacobs, turned to Oracle as a key industry software vendor. Ashgal subsequently received the Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Award for Enterprise-Wide Standardisation in Public Infrastructure for their implementation on Oracle Aconex and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

Ashghal’s award winning achievements on DSSIP using Oracle Aconex include an increased pass rate on inspections, an 85% improvement in the review and approvals processes for contractors’ submittals, and a saving of over 3,000 hours per month through online collaboration and sharing of documents. Additional benefits to the Doha South Sewage Infrastructure Programme (DSSIP), previously known as IDRIS, include reduced operational and maintenance costs of the sewer system.

Qatari Diar

As a global leader in sustainable real estate developments, Qatari Diar required an intuitive, industry-standard collaboration tool that could be used in the on-boarding of AEC colleagues.

The company chose Oracle Aconex, an innovative system which gives the team the ability to manage review cycles using pre-configured workflows. It was a move that would save Qatari Diar significant resources, ensuring that all authorised parties were accessing the latest version alongside a thorough audit trail.

According to Ibrahim Orabi Head of Project Management System for Qatari Diar: “We have decreased the risk of confidential information routed to the wrong person or someone who hasn’t yet signed their confidentiality agreement. Qatari Diar regards the trackability, security, and accessibility as the real value in using Oracle Aconex.”

Earlier this year, Qatari Diar received the 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Award for Enterprise-Wide Standardization in Residential and Commercial.

Qatari Diar achieved a 40% improvement in submittal cycle time and, a 70% improvement in project tendering using the Oracle Aconex tenders. 

HBK Contracting

As a leading construction firm in construction and maintenance of contracting services for public/industrial buildings, HBK Contracting was looking for a solution that could help with data control and monitoring the exchange of information on a complex high-rise hotel project that involved several stakeholders. 

With the understanding that the majority of data produced on modern projects can either be an asset or a liability, the organisation implemented Oracle Aconex to manage their data.

Since the software was utilised, HBK has successfully configured more than 150 workflows involving several parties with a wide variety of documents. The company now has the ability to review and export the status of documents within the company, as well as between subcontractors, consultants, and clients, while improving the overall visibility across the project and throughout the project history.

In fact, HBK was able to save six days per document review by implementing a parallel review strategy and decrease the time to track and update the status of any document, from half a day to one minute. Additionally, coordination between subcontractors is now 60% faster, decreasing from at least one week to approximately two days on average, and weekly reporting efficiency has increased from two to three hours a day to just two hours per week.

HBK Contracting was awarded the 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Award for Data Driven insights in Public Infrastructure for their implementation of Oracle Aconex

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