Multi-Dimensional Project Management Tool Brings ‘What if’ Scenarios to Life

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould's latest technological development heralds a dramatic breakthrough in project management.

Faithful+Gould has teamed up with the University of Teesside to produce its latest technological development, which heralds a dramatic breakthrough in project planning.

The multi-dimensional project management tool incorporates the dimensions of time and cost with 3D models, such as Plant Design Management Systems (PDMS) and AutoCAD, and is linked to conventional planning systems such as Primavera and Microsoft Project. This allows our project management teams to rehearse planned construction operations in a virtual environment thereby enabling 'what if' scenarios to be carried out to determine optimum solutions for clients' objectives.

Ian Mackenzie, planning expert at Faithful+Gould, comments: "The investment made in this multi-dimensional project management tool is providing clear benefits to our business already.

The tool, which has received support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Centre for Construction Innovation and Research, University of Teesside, demonstrates increased confidence in project delivery, better communications between stakeholders and improved visibility of all aspects of project construction sequences, cost and time."

Professor Dawood, centre director, comments: "The tools provide a media for rehearsing the construction processes and identifying potential hot spots prior to site operations, thus potentially saving the industry thousands of pounds in unexpected problems".

The multi-dimensional project management software has been used successfully on a Gas Reception Terminal for a major oil and gas operator.

 A screen shot of the multi-dimensional project management software

 

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