The water utility, Sydney Waters, has signed a five-year deal with software provider InEight, and this agreement will allow it to use innovative software designed to track financial transactions. This cloud-based platform will “oversee” the $4 billion investment in infrastructure that Sydney Waters is about to complete. Three regional delivery consortiums will deliver this project. These will realize the design, construction, and maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure in the state. John Holland, Jacobs, Lendlease, and nine other construction and engineering firms will participate in this project.
Sydney Water’s head of program delivery Mark Simister has stated:
“Everybody’s on the same platform, everybody’s going to be building things with the same work breakdown structure, and everyone’s able to see their project costs in the same format.”
InEight’s executive vice president for Asia Pacific Rob Bryant has said that it is not easy to coordinate such a large operation, especially since so many firms are involved in it. He added:
“They’re all collecting information and putting in their different perspective of data, so putting that in one place is actually very challenging when you’ve got thousands of people working on a single project over 10 years of the program. On these mega projects, a lot of the time the projects that fall behind and go over budget are due to unrealistic timeframes around the scheduling or the planning. Sydney Water is able to utilise the scheduling solution to actually have collaboration in that phase as well.”