CH2M is an engineering consulting and program delivery company. We have expertise in the fields of water, nuclear, transportation and other civil infrastructure and industrial markets.
We believe that we’re really differentiating by our purpose because we want to focus on what we call a triple, sustainable bottom-line for our customers. That involves not just environmental, and not just technical solutions, but economic solutions. It’s the combination of those three items that we really differentiate us and our purpose in delivering solutions to our customers.
I worked for quite a few companies over the years and CH2M is very progressive and very innovative. From a technology standpoint, we’re constantly trying to streamline our processes and find new way in finding problems.
We recently changed our operating model to really focus on things from our customers perspective rather than our product perspective. I think it is a differentiator because most of the companies in our industry aren’t organized like that.
We at CH2M really do focus on our client and what their vision is so we can deliver that sustainable solution from cradle-to-grave. We’re really focusing now on bringing things together from an enterprise perspective that pulls it all into one central solution, or one source of truth.
When I came in here, we were business group oriented. We’re constantly recreating the wheel and single-point solutions rather than a standardized enterprise solution where you can go from one sector to another and have the same expectations and same processes from a project controls perspective.
CH2M knew that this was a gap we wanted a standardized approach. We brought in over 12 vendors – the best of the best in the industry and EcoSys was the standout.
EcoSys speaks the project controls language. We were very quickly able to deploy a solution. We came up with seven integration points, all actuals coming in, all commitments, project attributes, exchange rates.
EcoSys is very easy to use, very easy to implement so you can get it up and running quickly. Within four months, we were rolling this out.
When we started with EcoSys’ base configuration, one thing we did include was P6 integration. Now we have a unit rate model and a cost loading model. It is very diverse and can handle all sorts of flavors of projects that all have different needs.
We constantly make strategic decisions on which one should be in EcoSys, so there’s huge portfolios of projects that we are going to be on-boarding.
At any given time, we have 10 thousand projects worldwide and a lot of iconic projects including the London Olympics, the FIFA World Cup 2022, the Expo 2020 in Dubai, MetroLinx in Toronto, and the Thames Tideway in London.
The Thames Tideway Lee Tunnel project won the Engineering News record “Global Project of the Year Award.” That existing infrastructure is quite old. As the city has grown and whenever there is a major rainfall and water, it runs over its capacity. It causes issues with the Thames River itself.
The tunnel goes under the entire city of London and allows for the overflow to roll into this new infrastructure tunnel. It really is a massive and critical infrastructure improvement for London.
We do use EcoSys globally. The benefits we’re already seeing are really more on the forming of the capabilities of standardized metrics and integrated cost schedule.
The other benefit that we’re seeing for those that are in the system and are using it today is the integrations that we made with our financial system.
We have APIs that feed and pull the information, so that all exist inside of EcoSys so that they don’t have to go to the separate systems. It allows them to view the information comprehensively in one location.
That’s going to give us better visibility and transparency into the performance of those projects. That’s going to give us great insight not only into projects, but into our portfolio of projects.
I’m really excited for what it will do for CH2M. The performance metrics that are coming out of this, they’re going to be standardized. Everyone will be measured the same way. We can start to create corrected actions and identify problems early enough that we can solve them.
I think from a project controls capability, it’s very robust and is going to propel us to the next level.
We’re able to now integrate multiple systems and work streams to bring together analytics that allow us to measure things in a different way and to expose information in a timely, transparent methodology which frees up our people to do more analysis and spend more time with our customers and solutions that we deliver.