The event was held at the Jeddah Marriott on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.
The theme of the event was “Sustaining Profitability in Difficult Economic Times: A Solution for Middle East Construction Challenges.” The invitation-only event was targeted for key decisions makers in Construction and Real Estate companies. Companies like Emaar Middle East, Emaar The Economic City, Kinnan,ALJ, Saudi Binladen, CPC, Tamlik, Zuhier Zahran, GACA,Saudi Electricity, Al Muhaidib Contracting Co. and Turner International attended.
The event started at 4:30 PM with a workshop certification where 45 Corporates Companies certified with the first Construction Industry Hitech Certification designed for Project Managers, Engineers, and Procurement Officers. The session provided detailed information about how Contura software is used in three phases of construction project – Planning and Design, Site Management, and Project Management. Training materials and question/answer period took place.
The Contura launch started at 8:30pm in the Marriott auditorium. The key note address was given by the Member of Board of Director, Yanbu Chamber of Commerce, Faiz Al-Abideen.
He spoke about the need for information technology as the pace of economic development continues to grow. The event started with introductions by Muhammed Al Qureshi, Business Development Manager of IDSi Arabia. This was followed by introductions of the company Mr. Daniel Mohan, President; Ms. Shilpa Mohan, Vice President, and Vibin Priyesh, General Manager of IDSi India. The event also inaugurated the Worldwide Engineering and Construction Association (WECA) made up of engineers interested in Construction and IT Systems.
The event included dinner for all guests.
Contura is software system that manages all phases of a construction lifecycle. The software was developed by IDSi International; a US based company, and is being distributed by its Middle East associate IDSi Arabia. A construction project requires very strong systems to manage all the hundreds of activities involved with delivering a project. Only if a company does these activities efficiently will they be profitable. Inefficiencies in the construction process erode profits and reduce customer satisfaction.
The software system launched at the event addresses serious problems that construction companies face. These problems are associated with miscommunication and lack of accurate information. Some of the common problems include incorrect information regarding planning and design changes throughout the project, old information regarding material inventory which leads of incorrect purchases, incorrect project scheduling.
Many problems are improved with an integrated information system that can be used to link different department and provide the kind of tools and reports needed by Contractors, Builders, and Real Estate Investors. The system can be used to manage multiple projects at multiple sites.
The software was developed in conjunction with a well known construction companies. Therefore, its features are very specific to the rules and business processes of construction companies. Different editions are available for Contractors and Builders, whose needs are different. The system is made up of 27 modules and are sold in three versions – Basic, Standard, and Enterprise – so that companies of different needs and sizes get a solution that fits their needs. Unlike other solutions used in the construction market which address only one part of the project lifecycle, Contura provides a full range of features for the whole lifecycle including project management, operations, financials, suppliers, and sales.
The software is web-based so that it can be used by different departments from any location with an internet connection. There is a PDA feature that can be used by users in the field.
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