Collaboration Platform Helps Deliver Solaire Resort and Casino in Entertainment City
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 05, 2016 -- Aconex Limited (ASX: ACX), provider of a leading cloud and mobile collaboration platform for the global construction industry, today announced that Bloomberry Resorts Corporation is using Aconex solutions to support the design and construction of the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila. Opened in 2013, with a second phase completed in 2014, the owner-managed design-build project continues to run on the Aconex platform for Solaire's ongoing alterations and additions.
The US$1.2-billion, 8.3-hectare complex was the first integrated destination resort in Manila's Entertainment City. It includes a five-star, 800-guest room hotel, an 18,500-square meter casino, 15 restaurants, a luxury shopping center, and a state-of-the-art theater.
"Projects are getting faster and faster, and time is money," said Paul Soanes, a project director for Solaire. "Aconex has allowed us, as a whole, to move the project much more quickly. For example, there is no need to print and ship drawings and other information, which can easily add weeks or months to a project. On such a large-scale and complex development, with team members located in different geographies, Aconex has been essential in helping us speed up processes and information flow across the entire project."
Connecting a Geographically Dispersed Project Team
With a project team consisting of more than 540 users from over 160 different organizations -‒ dispersed throughout the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and China ‒ the Solaire project requires strong and reliable document control and structured communications between all participants. The Aconex platform provides immediate access to project data and correspondence on a secure, neutral platform, regardless of where team members are located. The platform uses a document register with version control to manage current and prior revisions of all documents, ensuring that participants are working with up-to-date project information at all times.
"Aconex makes it easy to share information and find information in minutes, regardless of file size," said Mr. Soanes. "Fast access, visibility and control are critical in keeping global project teams across multiple organizations on the same page throughout the project. Successful delivery depends on effective collaboration."
Streamlined Tendering and Inspection Processes
According to Mr. Soanes, Aconex has improved efficiencies for different phases of the project lifecycle, including tendering and field inspections.
The Solaire project team employs the platform's tendering module for procurement of prefabricated furniture, fixtures and equipment such as panels, cupboards and wardrobes from manufacturers in China and Australia. Online access to and distribution of tendering data, including RFI management, have accelerated the procurement process while ensuring accuracy and fairness.
On-site inspections and associated quality and safety issues are managed using Aconex Field on tablets. With automated checklists, inspectors are able to capture, distribute and track defects and other issues in real time. The issues are assigned to the appropriate subcontractors for resolution, with hard deadlines. All communications and actions are recorded for attachment to the completion certificate and close-out prior to handover.
"Solaire has already become a prime destination in the rapidly expanding Manila gaming market, which offers the best of both Las Vegas and Macau," said Andy Lake, general manager of Asia at Aconex. "We appreciate the opportunity to support Bloomberry's success in Entertainment City as they operate and continue to develop Solaire. With our growing portfolio of hotel-casino projects, we look forward to serving additional gaming and entertainment developments in the Philippines and throughout Asia."
Aconex Limited provides a leading cloud and mobile collaboration platform for the global construction industry. The platform connects owners, contractors and their project teams in the construction, infrastructure, and energy and resources sectors, providing project-wide visibility and control between the many different organizations collaborating across their projects. With more than 60,000 user organizations and over $1 trillion of project value delivered in more than 70 countries, Aconex is the industry's most widely adopted and trusted platform. Founded in 2000, Aconex has 41 offices in 22 countries around the world, including headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and San Francisco, California. The company's ordinary shares are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the ticker code ACX.
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