Contractor Whiting-Turner was engaged by a major technology company to help it develop a new technology park in Silicon Valley. In planning the schedule for the project, Whiting Turner began by using Oracle’s Primavera P6, a traditional schedule planning tool. But in the quest for savings, Whiting Turner turned to ALICE to investigate schedule alternatives.
“With ALICE, we saved millions of dollars in costs on our production schedule by reducing crew utilization by 10%”Field Engineer at Whiting-Turner
P6 gave Whiting Turner just one plan to build the new technology park. With ALICE, the contractor was able to get creative and explore a variety of ways to tackle the problem. “We unraveled the constraints and let ALICE come up with the best ideas,” said Ian Thomas, Field Engineer with Whiting Turner. Doing so enabled Whiting Turner to identify a variety of ways in which it could change its approach.
With ALICE, Whiting Turner 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, Whiting Turner 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.
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