Aconex  will provide its online collaboration solution to companies involved in the construction of Media House, Fairfax Media’s new AU$110 million headquarters in Melbourne.

Aconex is a web-based system that will manage the large volume of information generated on the project, including drawings, documents and correspondence.

This will enable people to view, track and distribute their files electronically, speeding up the flow of information between parties and reducing the cost and risk associated with using paper documents.

Grocon, the head contractor on the development, has used Aconex on more than 60 projects across Australia.

David Waldren, Grocon design manager, said: “Using Aconex will help us streamline communication between all the parties working on the developments and reduce the need for paper files. The system will also improve our control on the project by providing us with a bird-eye view of the status of key tasks.”

Leigh Jasper, Aconex CEO, said: “Media House has a cutting edge design and will be a high profile, Melbourne landmark so we are delighted to be supporting the delivery of this project.”

“Many project risks stem from late or inaccurate information and traditional information management tools, such as paper documents and email, are not sophisticated enough for a project of this scale.”

“Using Aconex will save time through speeding up information exchange, reduce administrative costs such as printing and couriers, and reduce exposure to risks such as reworks, disputes and delays.”

The new Fairfax Media building has a high tech, transparent design and will include a long, grassy forecourt, plaza, café and auditorium. It will accommodate more than 1,400 staff from The Age, 3AW radio, Fairfax Digital and the Melbourne bureaus of the Australian financial review and business review weekly.

The eight-storey building will extend for about 150 metres along Collins street and will aim for a 5-star Green Star rating.