The web-based project management tool from Projectplace gives EB Kontakt full control over its extensive fibre optic network projects. The company has been using Projectplace for almost a year now, and can no longer contemplate a working day without it.
“Projectplace is just right for the type of projects we undertake, with numerous parties involved and frequent plan revisions,” says Cato Hilsen of EB Kontakt.
The company builds and operates EB’s fibre optic broadband network in the Buskerud region (near Oslo), which is in an expansion phase. Since there are numerous facilities distributed over various municipalities, there was a great need for a system that could direct the right information to the right recipient in a simple way.
Saves time and money
Since the company introduced Projectplace as a work tool in August 2008, it has reduced its costs and unnecessary wasted time.
“Time we spend on e-mails or looking in Windows Explorer has been reduced considerably. Costs associated with paperwork, and in particular, quantities of paper, have gone right down. Now all the master documents are electronic,” says Cato.
The biggest time saving is in the project meetings, which have been replaced with online meetings. With project members based in a variety of geographical locations, this is a massive advantage.
“Previously facility managers and project managers had to drive a long way to hold brief meetings. Now we deal with this via the Internet and the online meeting solution from Projectplace,” says Cato.
Problem solving right from the excavator
A project tool that is accessible via the Internet at any hour optimises the workflow, making it considerably more efficient. Cato tells of several subcontractors who have laptops connected to wireless Internet in the excavators. “This means that if they come across a problem while they are digging they can deal with it quickly – right from the excavator.” Decisions can be made more quickly, and the increased adaptability promotes progress in the projects.