According to Project Management Institute (PMI) there is often a lack of alignment among projects within an organization,
resulting in duplication, wasted effort, missed opportunities, inconsistent decision making and other hurdles.
Organizations, and project managers within the company, need to ensure all projects are strategically focused
on their overarching business objectives in order to be successful.
Enterprise project management (EPM) refers to the practice of managing projects on a companywide scale. It generally involves implementing various strategies and processes aimed at streamlining and improving the effectiveness of project management on such a large scale. Cassini's EPM solution is a comprehensive project management solution built on PMI standards and principles of PMBOK, which provides many modules that streamline all the stages a project from initiation to closing.
While portfolio management is about doing the right projects, project management is about doing the projects right and program management is about doing projects together. Cassini's Project & Portfolio Management module provides a number of features to manage the selection process of a project, planning, scheduling and budgeting for the selected projects, execution of the projects and tracking a project's progress throughout its lifecycle.
Bid and tender management involves a lot of planning, calculations, and risk assessment to come up with an accurate project estimate and plan so as to achieve higher profit margin. Lot of documentation is also generated to submit a bid/tender. Managing this data is critical to minimizing the error and losses during the execution of the projects. Cassini provides a dedicated module to manage the entire project of bidding from RFP to submission.
Budgeting and cost control comprise the estimation of costs, the setting of an agreed budget, and management of actual and forecast costs against that budget. A budget identifies the planned expenditure for a project, programme or portfolio. It is used as a baseline against which the actual expenditure and predicted eventual cost of the work can be reported. Cassini's solution provides comprehensive budgeting & cost control features to plan and monitor all project costs.
WBS is a method to manage complex projects by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable units of work. It is a hierarchical representation of the total scope of work to be carried out by a project team. This structure is broken down into phases deliverables, work packages and tasks. WBS provides the necessary framework for budgeting, cost and resource management. Cassini's solution provides an easy-to-use, comprehensive WBS editor that allows create this structure, assign resources, set dates and track completion percentages at a high level.
Critical Path Analysis (CPA) or the Critical Path Method (CPM) helps you to plan all tasks that must be completed as part of a project. The benefit of using CPA within the planning process is to help you develop and test your plan to ensure that it is robust. Critical Path Analysis formally identifies tasks which must be completed on time for the whole project to be completed on time. It also identifies which tasks can be delayed if resources need to be reallocated to catch up on missed or overrunning tasks. Cassini's solution offers a number of features to perform CPA and PERT analysis of your project plan.
Organization Breakdown Structure (OBS) is a hierarchical model describing the established organizational framework for project planning, resource management, time and expense tracking, cost allocation, revenue/profit reporting, and work management. When project responsibilities are defined and work is assigned, the OBS and WBS are connected providing the possibility for powerful analytics to measure project and workforce performance at a very high level (example business unit performance) or down to the details (example user work on a task).
Resource breakdown structure (RBS) is a hierarchical list of resources related by function and resource type that is used to facilitate planning and controlling of project work. The RBS includes, at a minimum, the personnel resources needed for successful completion of a project, and preferably contains all resources on which project funds will be spent, including personnel, tools, machinery, materials, equipment and fees and licenses. Money is not considered a resource in the RBS; only those resources that will cost money are included.
Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) represents a breakdown of the costs of the various components of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) & Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS) including all works or services done by the subcontractors. It is used to continuously compare the actual costs with the budget, and integrate to the cost control system. Cost breakdown goes right down to costs of different types such as materials, manpower, day rates, footage charges, etc.
Projects are ultimately broken down to executable tasks. Scheduling and monitoring day-to-day tasks in a project is as important as planning. Based on the RACI Matrix tasks are assigned to the team members with planning completion dates. Resources required to complete tasks are also defined so that there is traceability. Workflows can be configured for tasks to route them and track inspections and approvals. Task management is a way of describing how you identify, monitor and progress the work that you need to do during the day.
Access to 2D drawings and 3D visualization models to the engineers at all times is critical in any engineering project. Cassini's solution provides an integrated viewer to view your Autocad drawings or Revit Designs both in the browser as well as on your mobiles devices. For engineers and inspectors who are onsite, in the field, having access to engineering drawings allows them to monitor work progress and identify any discrepancies in realtime.
For every engineering project there are a number of drawings and documents that need to be managed. Cassini's solution provides an integrated document management module that allows your project teams to organize all your drawings and documents in logical, related folders, that are easy to search and navigate to. You can also control permissions on each folder and file to prevent any unauthorized access or updates. This modules also has built-in versioning and history tracking.
Collaboration & communication between internal and/or external teams is critical to any project's success, big or small. There are a number of external tools that the project teams already use for this, like email, messaging, etc. But, most of this communication is happening outside the context of a project. Bringing these features into the project provides a context for the project managers and team members so that the information is presented within the context of a task, or document or any other element of the project.
Project teams today use a number of external calendar applications to manage their meetings. As with communication, these meetings lose the project context with these external tools. Cassini's solution provides a built-in calendar application that allows your project teams to create and manage project meetings and also capture meeting minutes after the meeting is conducted. The projects created inside our solution can then be integrated with the external calendar application like Outlook and Google Calendar if necessary.
Construction asset management is crucial for almost every business, and keeping track of tools and equipment of all shapes and sizes on construction sites can be tricky. Physical assets might include premises, vehicles, office and computer equipment, tools, equipment and many other items. Theft is a constant risk in the construction industry. Cassini's Asset Management solution comes with integrated IoT that helps track these assets at various work sites for projects.
When construction assets fail, the downtime results in lower capacity utilization and delays in projects which ultimately affects the bottom line of any company. Over the recent years many organizations are adopting Predictive Maintenance to avoid such problems. Predictive Maintenance is a proactive maintenance strategy that tries to predict when a piece of equipment or machine might fail so that maintenance work can be performed before it happens. Cassini's Predictive Maintenance module provides a number of features to collect the data from sensors, analyze it and provide alerts automatically.
All projects rarely, if ever, go completely according to plan. Thus, competent project managers must be prepared to deal with unexpected adversity during the course of the project. In order to mitigate the impact of disruptions, project managers must identify the potential risks and make appropriate plans. Failure to do so can easily lead to a decrease in project quality or unnecessary increases in budget & schedule delays. Cassini's solution comes with a comprehensive risk management module.
Contract management is the process of managing contract creation, execution and analysis to maximize operational and financial performance at an organization, all while reducing financial risk. Organizations encounter an ever-increasing amount of pressure to reduce costs and improve company performance. Cassini's solution provides a comprehensive, automated contracts management module that streamlines the entire process of qualifying and selection of contractors and execution of contracts.
One of the pillars of the project delivery process is the management of the quality of the product or service a construction company provides. The project specifications generally spell out the quality standards for the project and by reference become a part of the contract between the project owner and the contractor. Certain elements of the project, such as soil compaction, strength of concrete, welding, etc., are checked or tested by either an internal inspector or a third party (testing and inspection organizations). Cassini's solution provides many features for project quality management.
Project procurement is obtaining all of the materials and services that are required for the project. There are four primary processes in the procurement management: planning, conducting, administering and closing. The purpose of project procurement management is to establish and maintain relationships with vendors of goods and services during the project life cycle. Cassini's solution provides a procurement module with features for all four processes.
Large, complex projects require a number of material resources, which is a major component of a project cost. Efficient inventory and warehouse management becomes important for project managers to track the stock movement in and out of the project. Cassini's Inventory Management module keeps track of inventory on hand, minimum and maximum inventory counts, bill of materials, and tracks what you purchase from multiple suppliers. It handles multi-warehouse, bill of material, serialization, UPC tracking, and supplier history tracking.
CassiniThings™ and CassiniML™ provide a number of IoT and Machine Learning features in various modules like Asset Management and Predictive Maintenance. A number of sensors are installed on equipments, vehicles and machinery to track various parameters like fuel usage, mileage, location tracking, etc. IoT & ML features also find their way into our Smart Building solution that tracks a number of building parameters like HVAC, power & energy consumption, etc. Project managers can track these parameters in realtime and get actionable intelligence.
For large commercial buildings, operational costs could get out of control if not properly managed. Cassini's provides a Smart Building platform which integrates CassiniThings™ and CassiniML™ to provide deep insights into a buildings operational performance. Smart devices are installed into various components of the building like HVAC, power & energy from which data is collected and analyzed in realtime. This data also can be used for predictive maintenance of the building and equipment and avoid costly repairs due to failure.
Drones have become indispensable in many industries. Cassini's solution provides drone monitoring of project work sites to track progress over the project lifecycle. Aerial insights improve progress tracking and help catch problems early — before they become costly or add weeks to a project’s timeline. By mapping a job site project managers gain access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge about nearly every aspect of their project.
Apart from drawings and documents a number of other media objects like videos, picture and audio files are collected over the duration of a project. Task owners can post picture of their progress from their mobile phones. Inspectors can post picture and videos of problems identified during inspections. With GPS integration, locations of these media objects can also be tracked to accurately the progress of the project.