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Doing it the Causeway

The Big Project finds out more about Causeway’s new UAE employee, John Conmy

Former RedSky IT general manager and director John Conmy has joined construction software company Causeway’s UAE office, within the construction and infrastructure division.

Conmy has five years’ experience in delivering construction software solutions across the Middle East, having established RedSky UAE.

“A key reason for joining Causeway is the company’s unique approach to delivering solutions for the management of cost and value on major construction and infrastructure projects,” commented Conmy.

“The recession has put contract margins and project performance under real pressure and as a result is now forcing the industry to focus hard on controlling costs.

“This is creating a need for a more structured and controlled way of working and contractors need to have the tools to be able to react. Causeway offers commercial management and project accounting software that complements and integrates to a contractor’s existing financial accounting systems,” he added.

In practice

The firm’s project accounting software has been implemented to manage cost and value on projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link,

An example of an ISG designed interior.

Heathrow Terminal 5, Cross Rail, Al Raha Beach and Abu Dhabi Airport.

Last month, fit-out, construction and management services specialist ISG reported significant time and cost-savings, as well as a higher success rate for bids following implementation of Causeway Estimating for its Middle East operations, according to a statement issued by the company.

Global economic pressures are changing the way in which we all work and construction is definitely no exception”

The subsequent introduction of Causeway’s CADMeasure interactive measurement tool resulted in additional productivity benefits.

The selection of Causeway Estimating followed a rigorous evaluation of the options available, including demonstration workshops to test the products in a realistic environment.

“We had previously been using a spreadsheet-based system that had a number of inherent disadvantages,” said ISG commercial director Richard Kimber.

“It was clear we could improve our bid management process by investing in specialist software — and that this would not only reduce our costs but also enable us to deliver a better service to our customers. It also became apparent that the functionality of Causeway Estimating offered a number of distinct advantages over the alternatives,” he added.

Causeway’s Dubai offices, established in 2008 provide a platform to service the requirements of the whole GCC construction industry.

Delivering solutions

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About Causeway

Causeway, dubbed “the construction software people”, enables construction companies to achieve efficiency and excellence, according to the firm.

From feasibility through to construction and facilities management, Causeway’s software powers the complete lifecycle of the built environment. The company helps customers win more profitable work, manage cost and reduce risk through the use of innovative construction software solutions.

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As part of his role, Conmy will focus on delivering solutions for contractors. However, with complementary divisions providing solutions for cost consultants, quantity surveyors and facility managers, Causeway offers software for the complete lifecycle of the built environment.

“Global economic pressures are changing the way in which we all work and construction is definitely no exception,” said Causeway’s divisional director James Atkinson.

“It has been a real catalyst for companies to review their processes in a drive to become more efficient. Innovative software solutions can add real value, eliminating inefficiency and providing the transparency and control required. Whether maximising profitability of construction projects, managing documents and drawings, monitoring utilisation of plant or managing supply chain performance; Causeway has the solutions required.”

Atkinson added: “With John now on board, 2011 will be an exciting year for Causeway’s entire operations globally.”

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