Aconex has signed a contract with international architecture practice Woods Bagot to provide its online information management service to all of the company’s major projects in Dubai.

Aconex will replace Woods Bagot’s use of less efficient methods of information management (such as paper documents, filing, couriers, FTP sites and e-mail) by managing project data online through one central site. This will enable Woods Bagot and their project partners to view, track and share documents – including drawings, building plans, workflows and correspondence – at any time and from any location.

By using Aconex, Woods Bagot expects to benefit from: increased control through centralising information; increased productivity through easier collaboration; reduced administrative costs through transmitting documents electronically; and reduced exposure to risks such as information loss and outdated documents.

Nadine Da Costa-Alves, Woods Bagot Interior Designer, says: “Having used other information management systems that were neither easy to use nor efficient, we selected Aconex due to it being a user friendly system that we could use across all projects.

“The use of Aconex will benefit all project participants, both internal and external, particularly when managing project related correspondence and drawing transmittals.”

Woods Bagot is already using Aconex on several high-profile projects in Dubai including the 86-storey The Index building; Park Plaza mixed-use high-rise tower; Al Kaheel, the equestrian-themed portion of Dubailand; and Dubai Healthcare City Urology Hospital development.

Aconex opened its Dubai office in 2004 to service the city’s booming construction market – which, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce, grew by 29% in 2004.

Leigh Jasper, Aconex Managing Director, comments: “Aconex is currently the leading provider of construction collaboration technology in the Middle East. In addition to the company’s growth in Dubai, we are now servicing projects in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.”

Aconex services more than 25,000 companies across 30 countries on project valued in excess of AU$80 billion.