OHL-FCC Accelerates Design Review Cycles by 96%

As a key component of the C$2.6-billion Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, this development involves construction of twin tunnels at the northern end of the new subway and the Highway 407 station. Funded by provincial, federal and municipal governments, the project is adding six new stations and three new commuter parking lots.


Business challenges

Complexity of using tunnel-boring machines in wet sand under high pressure

Project team of 350 individuals from 252 different organizations

Requirement for multiple hard copies of every document – more than 200,000 individual documents and growing

Bidding requirement for nine separate contract books 


Online collaboration platform connecting all participants project-wide

Management, tracking and distribution of multiple copies of required paperwork, including updated design drawings

Management of the complex and paper-intensive bidding process

Registration of all communications, revisions and contract changes in a timely manner

Full audit trail with a comprehensive project history in the event of disputes or future claims

80% efficiency improvement in the bidding process, reduced from 30 days to 5-7 days

96% acceleration in design review cycles, from 3-4 days to 3-4 hours

88-90% reduction in days required for communications with third parties, with turnaround time down from 25-28 days to 3 days

50-66% reduction in days required for change management, from 21 days to 5-7 days

Savings of 8,900 kilograms (19,621 pounds) of paper and $13,350 in associated administrative costs

Annual savings of $396,000 in indirect costs, with the number of project coordinators reduced by half

Published:July 10, 2018

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