Web-based Collaborative Project Management ESM 684 Engineering Management Project University of Alaska Fairbanks
ESM 684 Project Team • Evan Griffith, P.E. Civil Design Engineer PDC, Inc. Consulting Engineers • Galen Johnson, P.E. Construction Project Manager GHEMM Company, Inc. • Rod Stanton, P.E. Construction Project Manager Richard Stanton Construction, Inc. • Mark Wilkinson, Construction Engineer Rockwell Engineering & Construction Services, Inc.
Hypothesis 1 Web-based collaborative project management will improve planning, design and construction performance, efficiency and organization – resulting in reduced construction and administration costs.
Hypothesis 2 Web-based collaborative project management is only applicable to very large (multi-million dollar) projects
Hypothesis 3 Web-based collaborative project management will not work in Alaska due to the remoteness of many project sites.
Associated General ContractorsHouston & Dallas/Ft Worth ChaptersWeb-enabled Project Management “Shootout”
Pre-Planning Design Advances
Builder Selected Construction Commences
METHODS Web Search Contacted Vendors User Survey Literature Review And back again
How Does it Work? Collaborative Project Management Software and Data Internet Users (Owner, Architect, Engineer, General Contractor, Sub-contractors, Suppliers)
RESULTS • Rapidly Changing State of Practice • ASP’s versus Client-Server • Collaborative Project Management is here to stay (Like it or Not!)
RESULTS • Rapidly Changing State of Practice • Much of the reported research has already been surpassed. • Product reviews are not relevant to what is available today. • Many of the vendors no longer exist • ASP’s versus Client-Server • Collaborative Project Management is here to stay (Like it or Not!)
ASP’S versus Client-Server • ASP = Application Service Provider. • Program and data are hosted by a third party (generally the program developer) • Users access the program and data through a web browser • Client-Server. • Program and data are hosted on your own server. • Users access the program and data through a web browser
ASP’s versus Client-Server • Cost • Development and Distribution • Support for older versions • Time to Market • Testing • Individual Enhancements vs Patches • Security • Resources • Design • Confidence • What if ASP fails? • Future Access?
RESULTS • Rapidly Changing State of Practice • ASP’s versus Client-Server • Collaborative Project Management is here to stay (Like it or Not!) • Literature and survey results overwhelmingly positive. • Competition will eventually force the issue.
Total Survey Respondents Private CompaniesPublicOwners 20 15 400+ Potential users contacted Most public owners said they did not currently use products Respondents typically did not answer all questions
Products Used and Number Who Use Each Private CompaniesPublic Owners Constructware 11 3 Meridian 10 0 Other 2 2
Question 1 Why did you start using the software? (advantageous on proposals, potential cost savings, client driven, etc.) What is/was your companies goal for implementing the software?
Private Companies Time/Cost Saving 6 Organization/ Document Control 15 Hold Sub's Accountable 1 Extra Selling Point 2
Public Owners Online Collaboration Function 2
Question 2 Why did you select this software?
Private Companies Selected Constructware Modules 1 Software Maker Stability 2 Most Efficient/Advanced 3 Best Overall Comparison 3 Reputation 1 Worked on initial software development 1
Private Companies Selected Meridian Better Modules 2 Most Efficient/Advanced 4 Reputation 1
Public Owners No specific answers
Question 3 How long has your company been using the software?
Private Companies Less than 1 Year 3 1 to 2 Years 9 Greater than 2 Years 3
Public Owners Less than 1 Year 2 1 to 2 Years Greater than 2 Years
Question 4 What specifically do you use the software for and how often? (in-house organization, document exchange, etc.)
Private Companies Document Management 11 General Communications 4
Public Owners Document Management 2 General Communications 2
Question 5 Who has access to the database? (Client, Subcontractors, Designers, End Users, Permitting Agencies, Public, etc.)
Private Companies Owner 7 Project Team 13 Subcontractors 10 Anybody Needing Info 2
Public Owners Project Team 2 Subcontractors 2