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Sep 09 2013

NEC Australasian conference showcases CONJECT capabilities

CONJECT recently sponsored the NEC Australasian User Group annual conference in Christchurch, New Zealand (see my previous post). Our co-sponsor, incidentally, was our first New Zealand customer (secured in 2011): PBA Electrical.

The user group was well attended with numbers up on the last event held in 2011. There was a good cross-section of clients, contractors and consultants, and growing interest from organisations in a partnership approach to contracts.

Hopefully not just because we were a sponsor, CONJECT was mentioned by several presenters who use our NEC contract administration solution – perhaps acknowledging that such tools are imperative in supporting good governance on contracts and projects. We also delivered an objective workshop comparing the challenges of a manual approach to NEC contractual communications with the benefits of systemising the process using a project control system.

Christchurch Town Hall function wing (view from SW corner) - from http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/CityLeisure/projectstoimprovechristchurch/christchurchtownhall/LoResChristchurch_Townhall_EQ_Repair_CCC_Workshop_13.08.2013_HR.pdfUse of NEC3 in New Zealand and Australia is increasing. Over the last five years more and more projects have been procured and delivered under the NEC3. And the recent go-ahead for the Christchurch Town Hall rebuild project will see the use of NEC on a major construction project in the city.

Christchurch City Council has budgeted a total of $158 million for this wider Performing Arts Precinct project. The restoration of the Town Hall is expected to cost $127.5 million, with the remainder allocated to a new Court Theatre and homes for the Music Centre of Christchurch and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (further information here). The design and construction phases are being managed using the CONJECT c-PC solution.

About the author

Jon Marshall

Jon Marshall is the Auckland-based regional development manager for Conject Pacific. Jon is responsible for the generation of new business in the region and covers New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. Jon has over 20 years’ experience in software solution sales covering industries as diverse as healthcare, local and national government, energy and construction. His commitment is to ensuring that software brings real value to organisations through efficiencies, accuracy, good governance and return on investment. Jon lives with his wife, Merran and two children in Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland, New Zealand.

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