Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
CERA was created in 2011 to facilitate the recovery from the Canterbury Earthquake sequence. This work presented massive challenges in the area of data and information management as coordinated responses were required on an array of work areas. All of this work was required in extremely tight timeframes and used rapid agile development and sequential roll-outs to ensure that functioning software was in place when required, with additional functionality added as processes evolved.
The Canterbury Geotechnical Database (CGD) is a web based collaborative database for professionals to share geotechnical data. Sharing data for their own clients with that collected by others gives a comprehensive understanding of a site and leads to the best design solutions for both their clients and the neighbours of their clients and is vital to the Canterbury recovery and rebuild effort. Geotechnical Investigation data is held both as documents and as data files using international standard file formats.
One of the early actions by CERA was implementation of the New Zealand government offer to purchase the worst effected homes in Canterbury. This offer process required a management and database application to allow the interested parties, including lawyers, insurance companies and others to interact with over eight thousand property transactions. Our application was developed sequentially using agile methods, with early process stages in use while parts of the application required later in the process were still in development. Development needed to meet rigorous security standards given the sensitivity and importance of the process to the recovery, the large sums of money at stake and the high public profile of the red zone purchase process.
Well Connected Alliance
The Waterview Connection (New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious roading and tunnelling project) is using ProjectOrbit solution to manage this project of national importance. ProjectOrbit’s content management and collaboration capabilities allows the project team to create, manage and formally distribute documents, specifications and drawings between the six alliance partners and their subcontractors. The ProjectOrbit Monitoring module is being used to monitor over 2000 instruments, to provide both feedback to the engineering teams and to provide compliance information to the regulatory authorities.
Memorial Park Alliance
The New Zealand Memorial Park Underpass project is designed to remove traffic from Buckle Street, that currently separates Memorial Park from the National War Memorial. ProjectOrbit is used to provide a collaborative environment that manages all documents and drawing, including specific engineering workflows to manage the approval and transmission of these documents to the project team. ProjectOrbit risk management module was deployed to record and manage project risk.
EQC Earthquake Commission
Tonkin + Taylor deployed the ProjectOrbit software, initially to manage the collection and storage of geotechnical data. This initial deployment allowed rapid secure sharing of vital land damage and other information to a wide range of parties including government agencies, insurers and engineers. This information and associated function has been now transferred to CERA. ProjectOrbit software is now being used for data analysis and processing of engineering information to assist EQC with claim processing.
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