Metrolinx accelerates productivity across transportation projects

Project name: Metrolinx | Industry: Road & RailProject size: US$6-77 million | Location: Ontario, Canada

Metrolinx has managed over fifty projects on Aconex, including: The Kipling Mobility Hub (C$109 million), a major transit station that will integrate subway, regional rail, rapid transit and local bus service. Cooksville Parking Garage Structure (C$100 million), which provides additional parking at the Cooksville Mobility Hub.

Milton Layover Expansion Trains 9 and 10 (C$8 million), a peak period train service between Union Station and the Town of Milton. 

Challenges

  • Manual processes plagued productivity, running up countless hours in tracking document transmission and receipt statuses via an Excel spreadsheet.   
  • Difficulty verifying the latest version of documents led to errors and rework, increasing project costs. 
  • Lack of transparency made it impossible to track when an email had been received and the status of project actions.
  • Without a consistent platform across projects, it was difficult to standardize and streamline processes.

Solutions

  • Instant access to information across the project team and powerful search tools have dramatically increased the speed of information retrieval.
  • Automatic tracking of document changes ensure there is no doubt about when a document change was made or who made the change. 
  • Transparency and automation of project communications eliminate information bottlenecks and keep projects moving forward faster.
  • Managing multiple projects on one platform helped us standardize and improve process performance.

Results

  • Document processing decreased from 10 minutes to five minutes, for a time savings of 50%.
  • Turnaround times for shop drawing reviews decreased from 10 to eight days, improving the turnaround on subsequent consultant contracts. 
  • Aconex provides instant access to information if team members know the drawing number or document title, and powerful search tools if they don’t.
  • Consistency across projects enables faster access to information, decreased turnaround time on reviews and saved on training and implementation time. 

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