Aconex announces that its leading cloud collaboration platform for the
global construction industry has been implemented by the City of Greater
Geelong to manage information and processes for the upcoming Library &
Heritage Centre project.
A government infrastructure and community development project, the
proposed Library & Heritage Centre is an iconic addition to Geelong’s
architectural and cultural landscape. Designed by the renowned Melbourne firm
of ARM Architecture, the new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre features a
unique geodesic dome constructed of glass and reinforced concrete.
Designed to replace the City’s previous 50-year-old, two-storey building,
the new Centre will not only provide access to printed and digital information
but also serve as a community hub in the heart of Geelong with the much larger nine-storey
facility offering cutting-edge technology and spaces to encourage interactive learning.
The single largest construction project ever undertaken by the City of Greater
Geelong, the A$45.5-million development is being jointly funded by the City,
the State of Victoria, and the Australian Commonwealth Government, and is expected
to be completed in late 2015.
The Aconex cloud platform will support the ground-up creation of the
massive project, improving efficiency and streamlining collaboration
project-wide across multiple stakeholders.
According to Scott Cavanagh, manager of capital projects at the Greater
Geelong City Council, the platform is user-friendly and broadly adopted in the
industry, and has the robust functionality required for the City to manage a
project of this scope and complexity within extremely tight project schedules.
Deployed successfully to manage all pre-construction information and
processes, the Aconex online collaboration platform is being used by the City for
tendering, document control, and workflow management, while Aconex Field is
being used for field inspections and defect management. Aconex Field enables
inspection teams to quickly and accurately enter data in the field, attach site
photos and directly assign defect resolution to the responsible contractor,
thereby improving efficiency and reducing risk.
With more than 330 individuals from over 100 different organisations working
in the multi-company project team, and more than 100,000 registered documents
having been generated and revised so far during the course of the project, the
Aconex online platform is facilitating frictionless collaboration for contractors
and architects in geographically dispersed locations.
Aconex gives team members immediate access to project information,
correspondence, and both current and prior versions of documents, which are
securely and permanently stored in the cloud. Workflows and schedules defined
by the City keep the entire team’s activities tightly controlled across the project.
A complete audit trail that tracks all project communications, decisions and changes
is also provided to the City to help reduce the risk of delays and disputes.
Steven Brant, general manager of Aconex’s Australia and New Zealand
(ANZ) region observes that the new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is a
prime example of community development that will become part of history. He
adds that Aconex is pleased to be able to help the City and their project team
deliver the project successfully.