Technology firm Aconex has been selected by Graham Construction to provide its online collaboration system to the company’s $432-million expansion of the Kelowna and Vernon Hospitals in British Columbia. Aconex will be used to manage information and link organizations on the projects, which are the province’s largest public-private partnership developments.
Aconex provides a web-based system for managing project information such as drawings, documents and correspondence. Through using the system, Graham Construction and its project partners will be able to view, distribute and track their files in real-time, replacing the need for paper documents.
“Being a PPP project, we have strict guidelines and protocols around the management of information,” said Eric Willden, director of major projects for Graham Construction. “Aconex will not only ensure that parties can quickly access the information they need, it will also give us the visibility and accountability required. A major benefit for us is that there will be an electronic archive of every document and mail stored on the system and nothing can be deleted.”
Leigh Jasper, Aconex CEO, said: “Due to their size and complexity, large infrastructure developments are open to an array of risks, many of which stem from miscommunication and a lack of control over information. Aconex will help to deliver these projects by streamlining collaboration between public and private organizations, and reducing the risk of delays, disputes and defects.”
The expansion of Kelowna General Hospital includes the construction of a new patient care tower. The 394,000 square foot facility will include a new emergency department, general clinics area, surgical services and short-stay beds. It will be linked to the existing hospital building and include a rooftop helipad. The project will be built to LEED standards and also includes a new Outpatient Hospital, as well as a 34,000 square foot Clinical Campus for the University of British Columbia.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s capacity is being increased with the construction of a new 135,000 square foot diagnostic and treatment building. The new facility will include an expanded emergency department, outpatient centre, surgical services, intensive care and central sterilization services.