Jul 02 2014

CONJECT Project Control & NEC3 gets G-Cloud 5 approval

G-Cloud logoUK county councils could be missing out on the benefits of cloud computing, according to a recent article on the BBC website.

A freedom of information request revealed that during the 2012-13 financial year, nearly £440m was spent on IT services by the UK’s 27 county councils.  Of this, only £385,000 was procured through the G-Cloud framework.

Launched in 2012, the G-Cloud initiative aims to simplify access to cloud services and slash up to £120m a year from the government’s budget by encouraging all public sector bodies to buy IT products and services through the Cloudstore digital marketplace.  Although the G-Cloud procurement model is relatively new, cloud software applications, also known as SaaS (software as a service) within the public sector are not.  In fact it’s fair to say that the government actually helped kick-start the market within the construction sector.

The benefits of SaaS for public sector construction projects

CONJECT started life in 1994, when the UK Government funded a research project that became Building Information Warehouse (BIW) – probably the UK construction industry’s first portal, that brought project teams and AEC information together in the cloud.  In the early 2000’s CONJECT was used to support the £41m Prime Contract at MOD Andover North.  This led to numerous new engagements and deployments as early adopter public sector clients quickly began to realise the benefits of SaaS construction & real-estate solutions such as:

  • Collaboration – construction projects are heavily information dependent and wasted time and cost is invariably a result of poor project communication.  As a result of users being able to log-in, anytime, anywhere to the very latest project data within a structured data environment, collaboration, efficiency and quality is dramatically improved.
  • Scalability – the platform is set up to meet the needs and size of the organisation or project so that customer pays for the services for the duration of the engagement. This approach provides massive cost savings as there is no need to buy and maintain expensive IT infrastructure.
  • Configurability – the system can be adapted and set up to manage the specific information workflows and reporting requirements of the project or organisation.  Indelible audit trails of project data and structured files of as-built and handover information help public sector bodies comply with legislation and improve corporate governance.
  • Reduced risk – collaborating with external contractors and architects on projects presents inherent security risks to public sector clients if they choose to share the information via their own servers. Using SaaS applications where the data is hosted and maintained outside of public sector firewalls mitigates the clients risk . Robust service level agreements with the SaaS provider ensure high levels of service availability throughout the duration of the construction project/programme which might not be the case if an intranet is used.

Velodrome London 2012In addition to these benefits, numerous case study’s and research papers have demonstrated significant returns on investment (Cambridgeshire Highways detail £150,000 savings per year). Several of the major projects at the London 2012 Olympic Games were delivered using CONJECT project control and NEC3 contract management solutions which are now available to purchase by public sector organisations via the G-Cloud 5 framework.

If you are a public sector organisation and want to find out more about procuring CONJECT products you can read our latest press release about our project control and NEC3 contract management applications acceptance and availability through the G-cloud. Alternatively view our recent video about G-Cloud or get in touch by calling Christian Harvey on 01483 712620 or by emailing him: christian.harvey@conject.com

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About the author

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason leads the UK and MEAP Marketing team, with far too many years in B2B marketing to mention. A CONJECT newbie, Michelle is eagerly climbing a steep learning curve.

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