EDF Energy, which is already a user of UNIT4 Collaboration Software Limited’s BC system across a number of departments, has now selected the project collaboration system for use in the Rail Sector of its Infrastructure Services Division. This team is responsible for capital works and maintenance contracts relating to the development and supply of power engineering to rail companies.
The first project that BC is being used for, on behalf of Transport for London, is a multi-million-pound project to upgrade 16 London Underground substation sites over a three year period. The system is providing a central hub for information management and collaboration on documents and drawings.
"We had a short lead time to get the project up and running and I knew that we could set up BC in time for our eight week mobilisation deadline," said David Gabbe, Project Controls Engineer at EDF Energy Infrastructure Services – Rail. "We had used the system before, on a previous project through our consortium partner Balfour Beatty, so the team were already familiar with using it. I also knew that the BC system provided flexibility around software set-up, so we could tailor it to reflect the way that London Underground required information to be presented."
The London Underground project has a design review system requiring specialists from several disciplines, including the contracted maintainer and operator, EDF Energy’s Powerlink, to review and approve documents in parallel to one another.
"BC is providing a framework for collaboration during the complex design process and the level of detail that it collects, backed up by a sophisticated audit trail, ensures that we can deliver what we have promised to our client. Its reporting capability also ensures that whatever information the client requires, we can deliver it without any delay," Mr Gabbe concluded.