Infrastructure and construction are one of the fundamental facilities and systems required in any country, city, town, etc., 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 lasting several years and involving the amalgamation of a huge number of variables. CHIRP highlights and brings together all the aspects of a project life cycle: from concept to closure. Leveraging the best of technology, and 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 in an all-in-one solution. CHIRP offers:
- Opportunity Management: OM is the development of a project from the time it is an idea/lead to a full-fledged contract. It allows users to enter more and update data as the opportunity matures and moves to the contract stage.
- Construction Methods: CHIRP allows a visual format for building and execution of any project- Using building blocks to conceive the process steps in a simple and intuitive format. Once the blocks are assembled and represent a logical and time-structured method of physical construction, the system allows you to publish a work/project breakdown structure.
In the second step, the defined structure 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) These construction combos have productivity levels defined based on typical project types such as a road or building project.
- Construction Program and Project Schedule : CHIRP takes the published program and allows the user to work towards optimizing a number of things to bring down the cost, estimated 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 timeline 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 the 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.
- After the Program is completed and published, CHIRP can be used to consider all areas of Contract Management, i.e. handling the workflow and documentation related to submitting the bid, digital signatures, and basically keep all variables of the project internal till the project is ready to be sent for execution.
- 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 pulls data from SAP. For smaller companies, general contractors, CHIRP interfaces with SAP Business One to give a truly integrated solution for project-based organizations.
- CHIRP also has a strong reporting module that runs on Business Objects and the whole application sits on the web.
CHIRP uses a html5 front-end and is fully compatible with mobile and all major technology platforms in use today.