Founded in 1949, the Institute of Hydroelectric Studies and Design S.A. (IHSD) provides design and consulting services on large-infrastructure and industrial projects, including dams, hydroelectric power stations, canals, locks, and harbors. Its services include design, documentation, bidding, construction supervision, commissioning, project management and monitoring, and maintenance of completed structures. It works in Romania, as well as in 12 other countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
IHSD needed to reduce operating costs and grow its bottom line by better managing labor and materials. To support this goal, the company replaced an in-house, custom application with Oracle’s Primavera P6 to handle all phases of resource management, contract management, and scheduling for its complex structures. Using Oracle Primavera, it reduced operational risk by 10%, improved human resource allocation by 15%, maintained visibility into project status, decreased the time needed to build reports by 40%, and consolidated data for greater insight into companywide results.
“Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management provides us with an overarching resource management solution that allows tracking all phases of our complex construction projects,” said Dr. Gabriela Dimu, general manager, Institute of Hydroelectric Studies and Design SA. “It is the only project management application that provides integration with Microsoft products, including Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Excel. This allowed our institute to maintain its Microsoft-based in-house applications within Oracle Primavera, as well as to increase collaboration and improve links between financial systems and our resource management application.”
Oracle Partner Smart Project Solutions SRL implemented Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Web Services, along with custom software development for invoicing, over a six-month period. The implementation process covered contracts managemen, from signing to completion, labor resources management―including staff allocation, productivity, and resource use efficiency―cost management, invoicing, and management reports.
Smart Project Solutions SRL also provided training, using Oracle training materials as a base for creating customized training materials that combined interfaces with which employees were already familiar with Oracle Primavera enhancements. This enabled IHSD to retain access to information from long-term projects up to 30 years.
Oracle partner Smart Project Solutions specializes in selling and implementing Oracle Primavera and Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise. Its professional team consists of many specialists accredited by the Oracle University Knowledge Center, and it has more than 10 years' experience in presales, implementation and support for Oracle solutions.
“Smart Project Solutions was key to the project because it adapted the Primavera solution so that it could use existing forms and documents at our request. By retaining the original layout and content, we maintained interfaces to our project management applications that were familiar to its employees and avoided training costs,” Dimu said.