Construction Control

Head Contractor

6 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport

  • Saved over 2,500 labour hours on this project alone

  • Savings increased to more than 5x that when rolled out across all projects 

Construction Control, is a construction and project management firm operating in the ACT, NSW, and QLD. They have delivered projects for Australia’s top ranked educational institutions, Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, high profile commercial developers and some of Australia’s largest retail centres including Castle Towers and Westpoint.

Before Simpel

Construction Control were using a mix of paper-based forms and documents, excel spreadsheets, and email to keep track of their projects. As their projects grew in size and number, they identified the need for greater visibility and consistency to enhance productivity and reduce administration. Too much time was being spent archiving, tracking down files for audits and staying on top of areas like worker and plant inductions and certification.

Adopting Simpel

The need to centralise documents and communications, and to streamline overall operations became more pressing once the team hit the ceiling on their productivity. 

HSEQ manager at Construction Control, Donovan de Ligt said,

We didn't feel like we were on top of the projects like we wanted to be and it was time for a change

Construction Control brought in Simpel to help them manage construction operations across $500m of their major projects. They implemented a range of modules including: Simpel Essentials, HSE Management, Site Access and Bookings. Donovan said,

“Using Simpel’s platform to manage every project provides our head office with complete organisational oversight, where the status of every project can be viewed from a centralised system. The team can review and analyse data, extract project and organisational insights, and identify risks before they occur. As all documents, plans and forms are shared through the platform, it also becomes the project’s source of truth for workers who have permission to view the files.”

Donovan de Ligt, HSEQ Manager, Construction Control

Broad uptake for users across the project

The broad and successful uptake of Simpel’s platform by the team, as well as contractors and subcontractors, is evident in the metrics. Here are some of their stats at the time of publishing:

Over 2,500 hours saved by digitising SWMS and inductions

This was the first of Construction Control's projects to utilise Simpel’s SWMS/safety plan management and Site Safety module. With over 1,200 workers and 150+ plant items onsite, the impact of this module alone resulted in significant labour efficiencies.

By digitising and automating components of the SWMS and inductions processes for both plant and worker, the team measured the following time savings:

  • 1 hour per SWMS review
  • 4 hours for company HSEQ reviews
  • 1 hour per worker induction
  • 1 hour per plant permit

This amounted to over 2,500 hours saved across the whole project

They also saved over 150 hours on plant inductions and reported that the Safety module streamlined their federal safety audits, making it easier for the team and the auditor to compile and review documentation.

Donovan said he and his team benefited from having more available time after introducing Simpel,

“With less paperwork and elimination of manual processing of SWMS and inductions, the team was able to get out on site much more often to work with subcontractors and improve safety outcomes for the project. Together with my team, this helped us lower incidents and we saw documented improvements in safety across all our construction sites.”

Donovan de Ligt, HSEQ Manager, Construction Control

Hours saved on tower crane erections

As Construction Control had implemented a number of Simpel’s modules across their project, the erection of the tower crane became more streamlined. The SWMS/safety plan management could be easily integrated with worker inductions, license management, plant induction, risk assessment, safety inspections and eForms checklists, the consultations process and site access. This resulted in at least 10-15 hours of time saved for the tower crane erection.

Over 15,000 hours saved across the business

“The time we’ve saved by introducing Simpel across the entire business and all projects amounts to over 15,000 hours saved per year across project teams and subcontractors. We’ve already seen improvements in our productivity and efficiency, and we can all see how continued integration with Simpel software will propel us to further growth in the future”.

Donovan de Ligt, HSEQ Manager, Construction Control

Industry Recognition - Winners at 2021 MBA Awards

Given the positive impact on safety outcomes at this project, Construction Control and Simpel co-entered the 2021 MBA Excellence awards hosted by Master Builders ACT and were awarded the 2021 award for WH&S Targeted Risk Management System.

“While the benefits and outcomes we gained from implementing Simpel across the business has been rewarding, receiving this industry recognition was a proud achievement. It was very exciting news for all involved with this fantastic project at the Canberra Airport Precinct. Sharing the win with Simpel is a clear demonstration of our excellent working relationship and passion to continually improve our industry."

Donovan de Ligt, HSEQ Manager, Construction Control

Thanks to Donovan de Ligt and the team at Construction Control for their ongoing support and contribution to this case study.

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