SaaS specified for Christchurch earthquake recovery role

Summary:SaaS software is to be used to manage the rebuild of key infrastructure in city's wrecked CBD.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is in the market for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) project management system for use in in the rebuilding of Christchurch’s CBD.

The CBD of the biggest city in New Zealand’s South Island was wrecked in a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, killing 185 people.

The software will be used to manage so-called “anchor” projects identified in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

SaaS will enable CERA to share the tool and data with contractors working on the individual projects.

CERA was established in March 2011 to lead the recovery effort with a goal of restoring economic, social, environmental, and cultural wellbeing to greater Christchurch.

The recovery plan for the CBD was approved by Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee on 30 July 2012. It includes a spatial plan (called the “Blueprint”) of the central CBD which aims to consolidate city centre and to improve its functionality.

It also includes the high-level master planning and development objectives for all the anchor projects which require significant investment from government.

The SaaS software will be used to assist in collaborative document, communication, contract and financial control management during the design and delivery of each of these projects.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from suppliers of project information management systems to assist the project team in drawing management, document control, information exchange, instruction registers, high level cost and programme schedule management and project reporting.

CERA says it is looking to support, not replace or replicate, the systems of the consultants and contractors appointed to assist CERA in the delivery of the projects. It plans to provide the system free of charge to its consultants and contractors for use on anchor and other projects.

“As an enabling client, CERA is not looking to proscribe systems or procedures to the private sector, recognising that the majority of consultants and contractors have systems and processes in place and the experience that is best suited to deliver these projects,” CERA’s EOI notice says.

“CERA will therefore set best-practice methodologies which can be tailored for each project, to optimise the delivery of that project.”

CERA specifies the system must integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Outlook and Windows Explorer and allow customisation, at the beginning and during a project.

It must also provide detailed reports on performance and performance data on project health.

Image: NZ Defence Force.

Topics: New Zealand, Cloud

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Rob O'Neill is a writer for CBS Interactive based in Auckland, New Zealand covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet. He has previously worked for IDG, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age as well as various business titles, most recently editing the Business Sunday section of New Zealand's weekly national news... Full Bio

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