Melissa Zanocco, Head of Programmes, Infrastructure Client Group, outlines the role of Project 13 and its guiding principles for digital transformation.
Digital transformation is an enabler for construction. Two key aspects of a successful digital transformation strategy are a focus on outcomes and the need to establish long-term, sustainable relationships. It ensures that the right people at the right time have the information they need so that they can make better decisions, with these subsequently leading to better outcomes.
“It’s about improving processes. It’s not just about taking current processes and digitising them as they are. [And] it is about applying technology wisely, and with the purpose in mind,” said Melissa Zanocco, Head of Programmes, Infrastructure Client Group, speaking at the Construction Technology Festival.
Project 13 set out to provide principles that would improve the way infrastructure can be delivered, through a shift to integrated, collaborative models and away from transactional approaches.
It does this by bringing together appropriate capabilities and technologies. Rather than promoting a model that is transactional and delivers scope that is defined by a contract, the Project 13 Enterprise Model focuses on delivering better outcomes by bringing together the right skills and technologies, with integrated delivery teams and longer-term relationships, explained Zanocco.
By using the enterprise model, benefits are more fully realised across the cycle of the project, including the operations & maintenance part, “which is the most important part of the asset”, she said.
Project 13 also sets out a new approach to procurement, with organisations buying capability rather than scope or packages of work. “This includes digital capability.”