HOW TO MAKE 5,500 DECISIONS A DAY TIE TOGETHER
Along the route running North-East out of Bordeaux, France, the roar of bull-dozers and earth-movers has been rumbling across the countryside since 2012. Normally a fairly sleepy part of the world, it was trembling with excitement round here as work progressed for a new railway line. It’s a big one – 300 kilometres, with a further 38 kilometres of connecting lines to the existing rail network. That’s why it has taken 5,500 COSEA team members 73 months to plan.
MAN AND NATURE IN PERFECT HARMONY
The project team used Oracle Primavera to ensure compliance with all environmental requirements across a vast swathe of France.
COSEA is taking care of the design-build contract of the project – a $10.06bn (€7.8bn) high-speed link between Tours and Bordeaux. The project team included 50 schedulers. Their job was to plan everything out for planners, site managers, geotechnical engineers and geophysicists, civil engineers, health and safety teams, signal specialists, and HR managers. Oracle EPPM gave them one single tool that gave everyone on the team a complete view of status at all times.
"Oracle solutions were essential to the success of our project.”
That meant that every decision could be instantly related to every other decision and dependent action. It meant forward progress every day from excavation operations to health and safety administration, site management, soil surveys, track laying, and anything else that anybody on the team, at any part of the project needed to access at any time.
Talking about the pivotal role of Oracle Primavera I supporting smarter decision making, Bruno Chiumino, Chief Information Officer, COSEA, says:
“Oracle solutions were instrumental in helping us to plan and control simultaneous excavation and construction, manage regulatory documentation and site plans, include restricted areas for protected animal species directly into building plans, and monitor and invoice resources.”
The project team wasn’t just concerned with data either. They had to have a real focus on data relevant to location. They needed to be able to make smart decisions that were even smarter by relating 10,000 pages of map data into each area along the route. This was to identify areas set aside for protected species, land acquisition and archaeological digs. Oracle Spatial dealt with the information in just 24-hours. High-speed decisions are driving the high-speed railway project to completion on-time and on-budget.