General Construction Uses Web-Based Resources to Develop and Deliver Applications to Construction Sites
 
 

General Construction Uses Web-Based Resources to Develop and Deliver Applications to Construction Sites

  • Oracle Customer:  General Construction
    Location:  Port Louis, Mauritius
    Industry:  Engineering and Construction
    Employees:  400
    Annual Revenue:  $100 to $500 Million

General Construction Co. Ltd. (GCC) is one of the leading building and civil engineering companies in Mauritius. Founded in 1958, the company is involved in a range of activities from the design and construction of office and hotel complexes, harbors, and airports, to the development of roads, bridges, dry docks, pipelines, and reservoirs. General Construction is privately owned by Mauritian shareholders who are dedicated to hiring local laborers and further developing the island.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from General Construction

  • "Oracle’s transition to Oracle Fusion Middleware opened up new possibilities for our application development processes. By adopting web-based practices, we have brought standardization, structure, and greater efficiency to our own application building and maintenance, while leveraging our existing investments and making all resources and assets available within the Oracle Application Development Framework,” – Jean-Marc Desvaux, Head of Information Systems, General Construction

  • Protect investment in legacy application servers and migrate to a development toolkit and framework for building-industry-standard applications, such as project-site-communications applications, quantity surveying, human resources management applications, and tools to organize logistics   
  • Enable web-based, centralized application development, so managers can work remotely  on construction sites without restrictions and from any office while benefitting from flexible, on-the-fly development of high-performance applications that meet requirements
  • Develop mobile applications alongside enterprise applications, using a single application-development framework without having to invest in new competencies for additional development tools

Solutions

  • Integrated existing Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports into the newly adopted Oracle Application Development Framework, minimized maintenance on internal systems, standardized used of web-based processes, and increased application development efficiency
  • Used Oracle Application Development Framework to develop a number of agile industry- and company-specific construction and engineering applications to automate materials purchasing, enable bulk procurement, streamline work scheduling, deliver contractor communications, and enable time keeping to guarantee faster delivery speeds and ensure day-to-day system maintenance
  • Used Oracle Application Development Framework to connect remote sites with applications via the web to extend access to services, such as labor requests, ordering of material, and leasing equipment, and to increase site efficiency, whether for small, coastal engineering work sites or large construction sites in the mountains
  • Leveraged Oracle Application Development Framework to extend enterprise applications for use on iOS and Android mobile devices based on a single code without modifications, benefiting from out-of-the-box technology without the need for additional competencies or development time

Why Oracle

GCC had benefited from a 20-year relationship with Oracle and Oracle technology, using Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, and Oracle Forms to create a large number of construction- and engineering-specific applications for its legacy client-server environment. Oracle Application Development Framework was the logical progression to enable the company to use a centralized, web-enabled approach for its ongoing development efforts.

“We are confident that we made the right decision to build on our experience with Oracle. We now have a powerful, comprehensive, end-to-end framework in place to centralize, standardize, and simplify our application development,” said Jean-Marc Desvaux, head of information systems, GCC.

Implementation Process

General Construction hired an independent Java consultant with in-depth Oracle Application Development Framework experience to give three weeks’ training to internal teams. The process of integrating the framework, including the time needed to develop the company’s first application, took about a year. Four years on, the company has extended many lines of service to remote sites, and developed new applications that were all but impossible with older technologies. Alongside this was a progressive replacement of older applications built with Oracle Forms. These were redesigned and redeveloped to maximize benefits brought by new technologies. For example, a forms-based tendering systems was redeveloped with ADF and has been extended for post-tender quantity surveying, providing a state-of-the-art web based application that covers everything, from project estimations to revenue calculations.