Aconex powers Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Plant project

Project name: Nalcor Energy Lower Churchill Project | Industry: PowerLocation: Muskrat Falls, Canada

Nalcor Energy is building Phase 1 of the Lower Churchill Project at Muskrat Falls on the lower Churchill River. The project includes an 824-megawatt hydroelectric facility with two dams and a powerhouse, plus nearly 1,500 kilometers of transmission lines and other associated infrastructure. The facility is the second-largest hydroelectric plant in the Newfoundland and Labrador province. 

Challenges 

  • Remote construction sites, accessible only by plane. 
  • Project team of more than 3,100 from many different organizations. 
  • Legacy document management system better suited to archival storage than real-time document control. 
  • Risk of errors and rework from working with outdated document versions. 

Solutions 

  • Single, centralized platform for project information exchange between all stakeholders. 
  • Immediate access to up-to-date documents as well as all prior versions. 
  • Automated workflows for project-wide collaboration and timely completion of deliverables. 
  • Comprehensive audit trail for resolution of conflicts and avoidance of disputes. 

Results 

  • C$2 million saved in IT infrastructure costs for software, hardware and operations. 
  • 112 tons of paper saved through reduction of hard-copy printing. 
  • Improved turnaround time for 300,000 technical documents from 30 days to an average of 10 days. 
  • Acceleration of transmittal issuance from two days to an average of one hour and of document uploads from one day to five minutes. 

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Executive Director, Generation Development