people think of Dubai airport, images of state of the art structures and
technology come to mind. As the world’s largest
international airport in passenger terms (over 70 million at the time of the
project and over 88 million in 2017), the need for associated projects to be on
time and on budget was absolutely essential.
After all, the measure of success for the Air Travel Industry is exactly
the same as the construction industry in terms of schedule and budget and they
insists on getting the very best from their contractors.
A was no small project, consisting of 20 gates, 18 of which now cater to the
enormous Airbus A380. Adding complication to the project was the fact that it was
to be housed entirely within the active airport area (known in the industry as
‘Airside’) which in turn meant it had the potential to severely impact day to
day operations and indeed flight safety, if not very tightly (you could say in
this case, faultlessly) managed.
task of completing the project was awarded to Alec and Alec Fitout, who took
responsibility for the overall coordination of the project and the various
subcontractors and associated works. Having vast experience in major projects, these
seasoned Contractors employed Candy and BuildSmart, the world’s leading
estimating and Construction software to seamlessly link the end to end works
together and deliver this USD1.2 Billion project within just 29 months. For those who are in the construction
industry, what’s far more important than the simple numbers is knowing that the
USD1.2 billion represented ‘on budget’ and that the 29 months duration equated to
‘on time’, the 2 most important and indeed critical elements required to class
a build as a success.
The master contractors for this project were acutely aware that
such a high-profile project was going to be under the microscope of not only
the customer directly, but also the world.
Projects with this high a profile are, of course, extremely desirable
but carry considerable risk to both reputation and financial well-being if they
are not delivered faultlessly.
As with most modern construction projects, the
secret to success was ensuring the entire end to end activity was coordinated and managed expertly from initial tender at estimation, right through breaking ground, controlling of variations and final handover. By choosing CCS’s Candy and BuildSmart, they
were able to employ the very best in proven Estimation Software that not only
fed the Construction Management Software but worked alongside it through the
project to allow early identification and deep drilling into any variations as
they were occurring. This deep drill and
integrated facility is one of the key factors that keep the world’s most successful
building and construction professionals at the very top of their trade and
makes them advocates and promoters of the world’s best construction management
software, CCS’s Candy and BuildSmart software applications.