Willmott Dixon, the contracting, residential development and property support business, wanted to drive a new culture of planning across the company. This was acheived by changing their planning tool from Microsoft Project to Asta Powerproject. The switch was undertaken only after surveying all users and finding that 98% wanted to make the change. As well as being the product of choice for their users, Asta Powerproject proved to be a sensible business decision because Willmott Dixon found that the licence options it provided made it more cost-effective.
Willmott Dixon developed a strong working relationship with Elecosoft in order to roll out the Asta Powerproject software with the minimum of disruption. Elecosoft worked with their team to develop a bespoke interface template and not only talked to them about what Asta Powerproject could do but also listened to what their existing work processes were.
Willmott Dixon is on a BIM journey and believes it’s important to do more than simply talk BIM and 4D. Ensuring that the software choice would support strategic directions such as BIM and digital construction was a clear business priority. Paul Hoskins, National Planning Manager, reflected that “When we understood that Asta Powerproject had the 4D BIM module, as well as Site Progress Mobile and things like business intelligence, we realised that when we were ready for BIM it would enable us to take advantage of them all.” Paul believes that the thing that makes the difference is that 4D planning is all in one application and the software is upgraded constantly, meaning that they don’t need to learn another application, giving them the long term capability that they need to be able to rely on. Read the full case study here.