Severfield plc delivers around 150,000 tonnes of fabricated steelwork to the UK and international construction market each year. After a successful pilot phase to trial the use of Powerproject for structural steel construction planning, Severfield is now rolling it out across all new contracts as a new standard solution, as it phases out MS Project.
End-to-end project management strength
With more than 35 major projects running nationwide at any one time, Severfield needs reliable tools to provide the end-to-end project management required under NEC3 contracts. When the company was looking to update its structural steel construction planning software, they decided to trial Powerproject as some of its clients were already using it. Powerproject and Site Progress Mobile users liked working with the new software and found it easy to use. A main benefit was the improved reporting, a major factor in end-to-end project management.
“We established that it had some functionality that was better than MS Project, we also were able to see a reduction in licensing costs when compared to other comparative software packages over a 5-year term.”Richard Davies, IT director
Improved client communication
The group initially installed six Powerproject standalone licences for the main users managing the projects and set up 10-12 users across different sites with the Site Progress Mobile app to enable them to update programmes remotely from site.
Live remote updates with the mobile app
During the pilot programme, Severfield learned how to make best use of the software in what can be a protracted and complex structural steel construction planning process. Michael Bryars, Senior Project Manager said: “We realised as we trialled it that it had more functionality than we had access to before, and the ability to feed live progress into the programme from the Site Progress Mobile app was not something we’d had in the past.”
The fact that several of Severfield’s clients were already Powerproject users was one of the original drivers for evaluating the software. Since making the switch, Severfield has found it easier to share its programmes in Powerproject format.
Severfield has worked alongside other Elecosoft customers on numerous projects. For example, it installed 12,200 tonnes of steel as part of the construction of The Shard – here you can read how Mace Construction used Powerproject on The Shard.
Severfield also worked alongside Mace on its construction of a 15-storey office building on the western edge of the City of London, supplying 1,500 tonnes of steel for the construction of 12-14 New Fetter Lane.
If you’re exploring how to boost your end-to-end project management control, consistency and quality then it’s time to explore Powerproject, the power behind successful projects.