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AUGUST 2018

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Oracle Helping LA’s Transit System Get in Shape for the 2028 Olympics


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is used to challenges. It’s the second largest transportation system in the United States. The Authority handles everything from light and heavy rail lines to freeway repairs and emergencies, bus transportation, and repairs to traffic lights and potholes.

But even experienced executives within the department knew things would get interesting once Los Angeles was named the host city for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

The Authority has $10 billion of work in process and a total of $28 billion in projects scheduled between now and the opening ceremonies. This portfolio represents only a subset of a long-term plan that covers the next 60 years.

Accurately tracking all those projects in such a huge program is difficult, but essential. “10% swing [from the plan] - that's a lot of money,” Julie Owen, deputy executive officer of project management for the Authority, told attendees of Oracle Industry Connect during her presentation at the event.

To aid this massive undertaking, Owen’s group is looking to Oracle’s Primavera Unifier. The agency is using Oracle’s project lifecycle management solution in part to replace some manual, paper-based processes with automated workflow capabilities.

For example, the Highway Department currently schedules and manages its $30 billion program using Excel spreadsheets. “We’ll get them into an environment where we can look at all the schedules and share them amongst departments and communicate that information to executives,” Owen says.

The combination of Primavera Unifier and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management will also enable the Authority to track how project risk change over time. “If my projects can take 10 years, how do I track risk from year one to see how things changed from year one to year four?” she says.

The department will also move its change-order management and cost management to Primavera Unifier.

“The bottom line is, we're getting ready for the Olympics, and it's going to be a pretty exciting time,” Owen says. “We will max out every contractor, every designer, every consulting firm in the area, and LA will be on fire for the next decade. We've have to get ahead of the curve, and we're doing our best to make that happen.”

Read more about successful digital transformation efforts in construction and engineering in our full "Navigating the Future of Projects" report from Oracle Industry Connect.

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