The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) is a public entity that works to connect Central Ohio with the world. It oversees operations at three airports―Port Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker International Airport, and Bolton Field Airport―and manages the Rickenbacker Inland Port and Foreign Trade Zone # 138. It was created in 2002 through the merger of the Columbus Airport Authority and Rickenbacker Port Authority. CRAA manages approximately 100 projects annually, including initiatives as diverse as road and runway construction and maintenance, terminal improvements, construction of a new air traffic control tower, technology infrastructure development, customer service projects, and energy conservation programs.
The public organization wanted to implement more standardized business processes across capital project planning and execution, especially as CRAA geared up for its largest capital project ever―a five-year, US$150 million runway relocation project. Specifically, it wanted to ensure greater visibility into and control over project scheduling, costs, and cash flow.
CRAA deployed Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to create a unified methodology for scheduling and capital cash flow management. Today, the organization manages schedules and costs for all of its capital projects by using Primavera to provide enterprisewide visibility. As a result, CRAA cut unbudgeted carryover costs from US$24.4 million in 2010 to US$3.5 million in 2011―an 88% improvement.
“Oracle’s Primavera solutions are the industry standard for project management. They provide robust and proven functionality that give us the power to effectively schedule and manage budgets for a wide range of projects, from terminal maintenance, to runway work, to golf course redesign,” said Alex Beaver, manager, project controls office, Columbus Regional Airport Authority.
Beaver began to work with the Critical Business Analysis team when he was implementing Primavera P6. He took nearly every class the Oracle partner offered on the product and found the classes to be extremely helpful. CRAA later worked with Critical Business Analysis to develop scheduling methodology around Primavera P6 and is working towards implementing Primavera Contract Management in 2013.
“Critical Business Analysis is our partner whenever we launch a Primavera initiative,” Beaver said. “The team knows our system and has a history with the CRAA, so it can hit the ground running. The Critical Business Analysis team has been instrumental in setting us up to make the most of our Primavera P6 investment.”