San Francisco utility officials recently selected Oracle’s Primavera Contract Management solution to assist in one of the largest water infrastructure programs in the United States. The solution will serve as the backbone of a construction management information system (CMIS) for the $4.6-billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP).
WSIP consists of more than 86 projects across seven counties to repair, replace, and seismically upgrade the San Francisco Bay Area system's deteriorating pipelines, tunnels, reservoirs, pump stations, storage tanks, and dams. In 2010, WSIP had 22 concurrent projects under way with construction contracts valued at $1.1 billion.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) evaluated 12 vendor solutions with the help of Parsons, a project management consulting firm, and chose Oracle's Primavera Contract Management based on document CMIS functions, overall functionality, and potential integration with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution.
The commission’s CMIS is a system of standardized business processes that are tailored to the WSIP organization for primary contract management by all staff, contractors, and consultants for submittals, requests for information, meeting minutes, quality assurance inspection reports, correspondence/document control, drawing control, punch lists, non-compliance notices, environmental compliance reporting, change management, tracking pending cost of change orders, and applications for payment.
“Primavera Contract Management has provided SFPUC increased visibility into the status and processing of documents at the project level for centrally located regional and program management,” according to Oracle. “This allows documents to be more efficiently passed from one station to the next. The solution also has helped increase record and workflow processes, record retention, and document control in a consistent manner.”
“The electronic document storage capabilities in Oracle’s Primavera Contract Management enable contractors and staff up and down the line to quickly get into the guts of an issue to review documents, manage projects, and resolve issues in a timely fashion,” said Emad Mansour, SFPUC’s construction management operations manager.”