A new product improves cost and scope control by connecting with a live 3D Building Information Model.
During the design and completion of any major project, organisations face three main challenges to controlling costs: scope creep, the mismatch between final design and brief and poor coordination between design disciplines. Businesses have invested heavily in 3D solutions to overcome these challenges, which have provided an opportunity for us to create our next generation platform for delivering estimates, bills of quantities (BOQs) and contract administration.
QuanTTum is our cost management procurement and control system, specifically designed to give greater assurance and improved value to organisations that are delivering major complex projects.
The system has recently been used to assist Japanese company INPEX, which is developing the Ichthys Field, a promising gas and condensate field off the north-west coast of Australia. A pipeline nearly 900km long will connect the field with onshore facilities in Darwin. These will comprise two LNG trains with a capacity of 8.4 million tonnes annually, LPG and condensate processing plants, storage tanks and other facilities.
With front-end engineering design (FEED) nearing completion, Turner & Townsend was appointed to help INPEX take its final investment decision on this massive project, using QuanTTum to provide independent validation of the FEED quantities. Our client wanted assurance that quantities used as the basis of the contract sum and tender BOQs were not only robust and achievable but also benchmarked favourably against other similar projects that we have worked on.
Harvesting and analysing data directly from the FEED 3D design model enabled us to pinpoint any significant variances, allowing closer alignment between the contractor’s quantities and the client’s business case. This process resulted in greater confidence in the FEED contractor’s design and better informed their financial investment decision.
“The key to QuanTTum’s success has been the ability to ‘prove’ our quantities,” said Dave Liddle, the director behind the development of QuanTTum. “The interactive visualisation technology used in QuanTTum has enabled INPEX to understand the effect of design changes and respond quickly, giving them real confidence in the numbers they are using to make decisions.”