IHI Infrastructure Systems Improves Control and Coordination for Construction Projects, Including the US$1.1 Billion Izmit Bay Bridge
 
 

IHI Infrastructure Systems Improves Control and Coordination for Construction Projects, Including the US$1.1 Billion Izmit Bay Bridge

IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd is a division of Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company, Ltd., or IHI Corporation, one of the world’s oldest heavy-machinery manufacturers. IHI Infrastructure Systems, which is dedicated to infrastructure projects, was contracted in 2011 to build a 2.8 kilometer long suspension bridge in Izmit Bay. The Izmit Bay bridge is a very demanding project both in terms of project management and terrain conditions.

IHI Corporation, its parent company, was founded in 1853 in Tokyo, Japan as a shipyard, but quickly tapped into other sectors, such as automotive, aerospace, bridge construction, and power generation. Today it produces ships, aero engines, turbochargers for automobiles, power stations, boilers, and other industrial equipment and machinery

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd.

  • “We worked very hard to earn our reputation, and we cannot risk losing it. Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition give us full control of our projects, so we feel safe in the knowledge that we can always deliver in line with our customers’ and subcontractors’ expectations.” – Tunç Cetinkaya, Project Coordination and Control Department Manager of Izmit Bay Bridge Project, IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd.

  • Gain deeper visibility into high-profile construction projects, such as Izmit Bay bridge construction, while providing stakeholders—investors, contractors, and engineering and design companies—with the ability to monitor project progress in real time
  • Make it easier for engineering and design companies to share, amend, and finalize supporting documentation—sketches, drawings, and technical specifications—while also providing the team access to previous versions to refer back to throughout the course of the construction
  • Arrange document flow in such a way as to instantly retrieve critical analytics—such as key performance indicators, cost, and schedule variances—instead of sifting through huge arrays of unsorted data
  • Fill in communication gaps, caused by poor correspondence management, to ensure all operations—from building materials and workforce procurement, to construction works and routine, on-site inspections—are carried out correctly and in line with the schedule
  • Safeguard IHI from negative legal ramifications that could arise due to delayed subcontractor payments or subcontractors not fulfilling their obligations

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to create a centralized repository with all data on the Izmit Bay project, enabling project managers to get a real-time view of the construction work and to navigate any schedule changes, achieving end-to-end project visibility and transparency
  • Switched from MS Office tools to Oracle’s Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition to eliminate dozens of Excel spreadsheets and Word files scattered across many locations, enabling engineers and designers to have information in one place, rather than retrieving documents one by one, and substantially reducing submission preparation times
  • Used Primavera Contract Management’s content repository feature to create a structured and secure environment to store all project records, making it possible for all the stakeholders—from project managers, construction managers, and division managers, to architects, engineers, subcontractors, and property owners—to search and retrieve information faster than before
  • Improved communication by enabling project teams to easily manage their correspondence, track any issue or topic, and share opinions and debate points in real time, making it possible to reveal management flaws at early stages and adjust project plans on the go
  • Used Primavera Contract Management, Business Intelligence Publisher Edition to drastically improve tracking revisions of design documents and to optimize monitoring of design documents issued to the project owner

Why Oracle

“Building a suspension bridge in Izmit Bay, an earthquake-prone area, is a daunting challenge, so we just could not risk relying only on MS Office, which works as a standalone tool offering no visibility into the project at all,” said Tunç Cetinkaya, project coordination and control department manager of Izmit Bay bridge project, IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd. “We needed a web-based solution with potent project management functionality, such as planning, forecasting, and risk analysis; real-time progress tracking, coordination, and collaboration tools; and content- and correspondence -management features. Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Contract Management cover all this and even more. These tools are also very user-friendly and we have access to customized training when we need it.”

Partner

The roll-out went very smoothly, and Oracle partner PRM Yazilim deployed both solutions—Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Contract Management—within just 10 days. Training was also a part of this process, and PRM Yazilim conducted customized training sessions for Turkish and Japanese staff of IHI who work in Istanbul. PRM Yazilim specialists zeroed in on IHI’s specific requirements, rather than providing generic technical advice, which enabled them to fully align the solutions with IHI’s internal business processes. The Oracle partner aims to render support throughout the project lifecycle to secure the customer’s bottom line.