Construction & Infrastructure Resource Planning (CHIRP)

Construction and Infrastructure touches everyone on us in all aspects of life. It is all around us from residential housing, commercial and industrial buildings, to large infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, and public utilities.

The nature of the construction business is project based, characterized by long gestation times for planning, estimating, scheduling, and execution, typically going over several years and involving the bringing together of a huge number of variable. CHIRP highlights and brings together all aspects of a project life cycle: from concept to close. Leveraging the best of technology, and best business practices, it allows an enterprise whether building for themselves or executed by an EPC vendor, to fully control the flow of information, cost, schedule and reporting all in one solution. CHIRP offers:

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1. Opportunity Management: Development of a project from the time it is an idea / lead to a full-fledged contract. It allows users to enter more and more data as the opportunity matures and moves to a contract stage

2. Construction Methods: CHIRP allows a visual way of building / execution of the project using a simple intuitive way of building blocks. Once the blocks are assembled and represent a logical and time-structured way of physical construction, the system allows you to publish a work / project breakdown structure.

In a second step, the structure so defined can be assigned any number of typical construction activities such as excavation, foundation work, site clearance etc.

Once typical construction activities are assigned to the structure, we can assign the bill of quantities (BOQ) that is required for the project. The BOQ that comes out as part of an architect or customer tender is pre-mapped to a CHIRP set of construction gangs or crews that are in turn pre-defined in the system as relevant master data.

Master data includes items like customers, vendors, materials, resources such as labor, equipment, subcontractors, special procurement items etc. These are assembled in ready to use construction crews or gangs that are defined as typical construction combos (example welder and welding machine) that have productivity levels defined based on typical project types such as a road or building project

3. Construction Program and Project Schedule: CHIRP takes the published program and allows the user to work with optimizing a number of things to bring down the cost, estimate revenue, take into consideration milestones for billing or payment, project cash flows and optimize use and cost of all kinds of resources: material, labor, crews/gangs. It also facilitates comparison of self-executed cost to any number of subcontractor quotes for a given package in the project. It allows the user to schedule the time required by the project in line with the customer or tender demand. The user can use CHIRP’s project scheduling capability to build critical, non-critical and other lag items into the schedule and come up with a very accurate time-line for executing all aspects of the project.

The Construction Program also allows the user to organize the planned percentage of completion by month/period and allows the planning for purchase of materials and other requirements (MRP).

Most project applications get into either too much detail (and are prohibitively expensive) or not enough detail (leading to an inaccurate estimate of time and resources). It is possible to build detailed cash flows on the project using CHIRP and after considering all the manual inputs, the user can further use the system to come up with a fully scheduled work plan.

4. After the Program is completed and published, CHIRP can be used to consider all aspects of Contract Management, i.e. handling the work flow and documentation related to submitting the bid, digital signatures, and basically keeping all aspects of the project inside till the project is ready to be sent for execution.

5. Execution of the project is done with the CHIRP/SAP solution where all aspects of the project, including its structure, master data, pricing, dates, schedule, dependencies and all logistics are transferred to SAP. SAP’s Project System is used for the largest enterprise companies in the world and CHIRP has a built in interface to both push and pull data from SAP. For smaller companies, General Contractors, CHIRP interfaces with SAP Business One to give a truly integrated solution for project based organizations.

6. CHIRP also has a strong reporting module that runs on Business Objects and the whole application sits on the web.

CHIRP uses an html5 front-end and is fully compatible with mobile and all major technology platforms in use today.

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