mac-group was well known for high-end fit-out projects but has long since expanded its activities into mainstream construction projects all over Europe. In the early stages it managed without a formal planning department and integrated strategy. With the growth of the company and higher volume projects came the realisation that project planning control had to be reorganised and made more consistent across all divisions of the organisation. Brendan Moley, Interiors MD, spearheaded an initiative to embed planning excellence across the organisation, bring in more professional planning skills, and extend the use of Powerproject, its standard planning solution.
The use of Powerproject has been extended to support not just individual projects but to provide complete end-to-end project planning control. Valerie said that “we now use Powerproject from the prequalification stage, throughout the tendering process, right through to delivering the job.”
Driving for buy-in on project planning control
Education and increased implementation of Powerproject now enables more people across the company to engage in and collaborate around planning. Empowering and supporting site and project managers across the business to become progressively more involved in planning is part of the plan.
Planning Manager Valerie McNeill explained: “The idea we’re aiming at is that everyone buys into good planning.”
“Powerproject is robust and does absolutely everything we need.”Valerie McNeill, mac-group
The software’s ease of use is helping adoption: “Our project teams are using Powerproject because it’s user-friendly and performs like other Windows systems – it is more straight-forward to use than some other project management applications.”
End-to-end project planning control builds client confidence from the start
“Creating high-level programmes at pre-qualification and tender stages lets us demonstrate to clients exactly how we’ll deliver the job, so we use them in our presentations. Our bid team will put together a methodology and we reflect that in the programme.”
Great sub-contractor communication underpins quality of work
Managing sub-contractors is especially important in a business that has founded itself on quality. With Powerproject the team has all the information it needs to manage sub-contractors efficiently and therefore ensure its quality of work and support delivery that is right first time, every time.
Valerie described how some of their programmes often comprise numerous supplier sub-programmes: “When we put together a programme, even at tender stage, we must liaise with the supply chain and confirm all lead times and periods for installation. Sometimes these individual supply items need their own critical path – a mini-programme from the sub-contractor has to be integrated into the main Powerproject programme. It must also interface with other sub-contractors… we use Powerproject to manage the flow of information between contractors.”
“Good communication is part of the expectation.”Valerie McNeill, mac-group
A bright future
It looks like a bright future for this ambitious company, and for its relationship with Elecosoft. mac-group has formed an exciting partnership to deliver volumetric modular solutions and tap into booming demand for high speed residential delivery in Ireland. It sees Powerproject and its approach to project planning excellence as an important support for its changing priorities. Read the full mac group case study.
As it looks to build its modular business and contemplate further growth, mac-group is also looking at whether other tools in the Powerproject suite may support it; such as considering what benefits Site Progress Mobile, Powerproject’s companion progress management app, might add on larger construction sites.
The release of Powerproject XV brings new features that will boost your confidence in planning schedules, gain better control over plan appearance, and enjoy enhanced flexibility and clarity in progress reporting. Alongside this are new enhancements to Site Progress Mobile.
Register here for the brand new Powerproject XV introductory webinar https://www.elecosoft.com/xv/