Severfield plc standardises on Powerproject to deliver excellence in structural steel construction
As the largest structural steel business in the UK – and one of the biggest in Europe – planning excellence and consistency is an extremely high priority. The company was previously using MS Project and has chosen to switch to Powerproject going forward. The switch was based on a combination of decision factors.
Initially this was driven by the software’s functionality and fitness for purpose, then by its prevalence in use by Severfield customers, and lastly by the cost model that showed it offered a more economic licensing proposition than other options.
“We established that it had some functionality that was better than MS Project, we also were able to see a reduction in licensing costs when compared to other comparative software packages over a 5-year term.”
The group initially trialled the software within its Severfield (Design & Build) division. It installed six Powerproject standalone licences for the main users managing the projects and set up 10-12 users across different sites with the Site Progress Mobile app to enable them to update programmes remotely from site.
Severfield is now planning all new contracts in Powerproject through from the pre-construction stage, including procurement from steel mills and fabrication, design and detailing, through to on-site construction.
“Our Site Progress Mobile users said the app was easy to use, while the Powerproject users immediately felt the benefit of better reporting. They found it easier to report upstream, and it was much easier for the directors to look at a dropline programme instead of five or so pages of written content.”
The rollout to the wider group has been smooth. The IT team has found it can easily deploy the software with the aid of its remote installation package, and Elecosoft delivered effective product training both at its own training centre and on-site at Severfield offices. All the group’s 35 Project Managers and site employees have gone through the two-day introductory training course.
“The quality of Elecosoft training has been very good, and you can keep going back to the written and web-based materials you get access to, which is very useful.”
Severfield plc is a structural steel company delivering around 150,000 tonnes of fabricated steelwork to the UK and international construction market each year. The company have been shaping skylines for decades, with unrivalled capacity and capability.