ProjNet clients—senior decision makers and front line users alike—find that the system delivers clear benefits to their organizations. The following case histories illustrate important ProjNet features and benefits:
- U.S. Federal Agency - Scientific Research Section
- State Water Management District
- Major U.S. University
- U.S. Military Agency - Construction Branch
- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas, Building Operations
- U.S. Federal Agency - Construction and Property Management
- U.S. Military Agency - Engineering Branch
U.S. Federal Agency - Scientific Research Section
Senior Construction and Engineering Manager
The agency's committee for construction technology advancements is responsible for identifying, assessing and advancing new practices, processes and technologies to improve the Agency's efficiencies. In 2000, the committee identified–and continues to recommend–ProjNet as a potential source of best practices for the construction design review and approval process.
- Lack of secure, central and complete document repository
- Lost paper documents
- Excessive meeting time
- Exclusion of key stakeholders
- Improved security with clear accountability and limited access
- Faster review and approval times
- Meeting, follow up and communications time saved
- Central archive containing all relevant documents
- No lost paper documents
- Important constituencies no longer excluded
- Reduced travel, printing and mail expenses
- Internet- based system requires no IT time or software maintenance
- Ease of use with little training needed
- Personal and responsive customer service
State Water Management District
- Engage in faster, real time review and approval
- Build a centralized complete design project database available to each designated member to the review team.
- Eliminate manual comment collation and consolidation
Major U.S. University
Engineering Information Director
- Slow review and approval times
- Lack of single and complete design document repository
- Incomplete and lost records (paper and email)
- Incomplete participation by key personnel and groups
- Lack of transparency
Growing internal user demand upon the University's own software for more features, greater functionality and improved ease of use prompted engineering information director to seek an outside solution that would eliminate the frequent need to update and improve the institution's dedicated review and approval programming software.
After examining the ProjNet platform, the director believed that ProjNet DrChecks application would meet the university's considerable design review, approval and document storage needs. However, ProjNet's acceptance was contingent on examination and a collegial endorsement by many affected university groups and individuals. These decision-makers responded positively to the in-depth explanations and demonstrations given by ProjNet staff, and DrChecks went live at the university. Today, the director cites numerous important benefits that his institution continues to derive from ProjNet:
- Real time design review and approval helps meet deadlines
- Central archive containing all documents
- Paperless system prevents document loss
- All key disciplines and personnel included
- No software update or maintenance work required of university personnel
- All system improvements and updates installed seamlessly online by ProjNet
- Ease of use
- Very economical pricing
U.S. Military Agency - Construction Branch
Senior Design Program Official
Prior to our adoption of ProjNet DrChecks, our design reviews were paper-based, usually conducted through email. That process was difficult to manage, labor intensive, and documentation was sometimes lacking. ProjNet DrChecks brought discipline and efficiency to our review process, and greatly improved our documentation of issue identification and resolution. Manual review work that may have taken weeks – with no assurance of completeness or accuracy – has been replaced by an Internet-based system that is fast, flexible and accurate. Today, review team members can easily view and resolve design review issues and management can quickly view the status on ongoing reviews.
Our agency and its contractors operate world wide. Being Internet-based, ProjNet DrChecks allows our thousands of users to keep design reviews moving regardless of location. After initial testing, our agency adopted the system and mandated its use in policy. Originally used only for design reviews, we have now extended the system's use for conducting formal review of planning studies and other documents.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas, Building Operations
Robert E. Clarke, RA, Director OBO/RM/EX/IRM
ProjNet was developed by the Army Corps of Engineers at the request of the Department of State in 2000. Until the platform's deployment the following year, State's construction review work had been hobbled by reliance on word-processed documents. Paper-based review communication was slow, incomplete and often did not resolve important design issues. Now mandated for all Department of State construction design review and approval, ProjNet enables the prompt identification and resolution of nearly all such issues.
As the backbone of the Department's engineering and design process, ProjNet use is also required of all private A&E firms and contractors who work on State projects. The agency has found wide acceptance of the platform among these private sector partners. They view it as a real asset in performing their Department of State work.
At any given time, the Department of State has roughly $2 billion worth of construction projects in process. Much of that work falls in the information category, "Sensitive but Unclassified". As such, all embassy and other similar projects must receive heightened security treatment. ProjNet, unlike any commercially available construction project management system, satisfies "Sensitive but Unclassified" requirements...
U.S. Federal Agency - Construction and Property Management
- Making the review and approval process easier
- Keeping accurate, complete and timely records
- Securely keeping important Federal government documents free from any extra-government influences or disruption.
U.S. Military Agency - Engineering Branch
This military engineering department chose ProjNet to replace its manual design review system. Although the department had expended considerable effort to document it's own design review process, it remained cumbersome and time-consuming because it relied on letter and physical transmission of drawings and documents. Although review participants were ensured the opportunity to comment, there was no assurance of comment receipt and retention and accountability throughout the process were questionable. ProjNet now enables the engineering department to conduct its reviews quickly, with assurance that all commentary and documents are recorded and securely archived and that the accountability is present throughout the entire process.