General Contractor Drives Millions in Labor Savings on Silicon Valley Project Using ALICE

In planning the schedule for the project, the contractor began by using Oracle’s Primavera P6, a traditional CPM scheduling tool. However, because P6 doesn’t let users explore the impact of alternative scenarios on the time and cost of a construction project, the GC could not be sure that their P6 schedule was the most efficient and cost effective answer.

The Challenge:

With this project, the general contractor was hired by a major technology company to help it develop a new technology park in Silicon Valley. In planning the schedule for the project, the contractor began by using Oracle’s Primavera P6, a traditional CPM scheduling tool. However, because P6 doesn’t let users explore the impact of alternative scenarios on the time and cost of a construction project, the GC could not be sure that their P6 schedule was the most efficient and cost effective answer. In the quest for savings, the GC turned to ALICE to investigate schedule alternatives.

The Solution:

P6 gave the general contractor just one plan to build the new technology park. With ALICE, the contractor was able to take full advantage of its project team’s experience and explore a variety of ways to tackle the problem. “We removed the constraints that were hard coded within the P6 schedule and let ALICE come up with the most efficient scenarios,” said one of the company’s field engineers. “We unraveled the constraints and let ALICE come up with the most efficient scenarios,” said one of the company’s field engineers. “ALICE surfaced attractive options for us that we wouldn’t have had time to surface on our own given how long it takes to create schedules with traditional tools.”

“ALICE surfaced attractive options for us that we wouldn’t have had time to surface on our own given how long it takes to create schedules with traditional tools.”

Project Manager

The Results:

With ALICE, this general contractor was able to accelerate its schedule for the project by 45 days (8%) while reducing crew sizes by 10%. The crew savings alone was worth millions. With other changes, such as the resequencing of tasks required to build the podium, the GC was able to trim the time needed to build the roof. That, in turn, meant that the contractor could reduce the time required to use the tower crane, which delivered another $5M in savings for the project with no impact to project risk. 

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This company is one of the largest general contractors in the United States with a presence in over 50 domestic markets.


Location

United States


Industry

Commercial

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