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A complete ecosystem for the construction site of the century.

The Oosterweelverbinding is an important infrastructure project in the Antwerp region aimed at improving mobility and reducing traffic congestion. In addition to these improvements, the project also has a significant impact on the environment and the natural surroundings of the region. The sustainable and functional connections for all types of road users are being executed by various temporary joint ventures. The project developer, Lantis, ensures that the largest construction site of the century is well-managed. KPD is the digital accelerator supporting these temporary joint ventures by implementing constructive construction software. Read the article.


KPD ecosystem for temporary joint ventures

A great mix of knowledge and powerful software

‘The combination of software expertise in the construction sector and the comprehensiveness of the ecosystem was decisive in choosing KPD.’ Philippe Maertens, working at Artes Group, has a role in projects like TM ‘Rinkoniên Linkeroever’ and has been closely involved in the implementation of the KPD ERP system from the very beginning. Companies within the temporary joint ventures, such as Artes Group, have been using KPD’s software for many years. In this blog, you will learn more about the use of construction software within a complex project like the Oosterweelverbinding. In this blog, you will learn more about the use of construction software within a complex project like the Oosterweelverbinding.

A sustainable collaboration

The years of experience that KPD brings to the table, combined with their in-depth knowledge of the construction sector, have resulted in software specifically designed to accurately monitor and manage complex projects like the Oosterweelverbinding. The initial implementation of the KPD ecosystem was done to support the ‘Project knooppunt Linkeroever.’ The success of this implementation led to an increasing number of temporary joint ventures opting for KPD’s powerful solutions. The involved temporary joint ventures rely on KPD’s software solutions to work efficiently and in a structured manner throughout the entire lifecycle of the construction project. The various modules offered by KPD have been implemented in every temporary joint venture of the Oosterweelverbinding.

Several companies participating in the various temporary joint ventures have been long-time customers of KPD. Philippe emphasizes that ‘Thanks to the collaboration with KPD, the learning curve is less steep.’ This was one of the decisive factors in choosing the KPD ecosystem. Currently, over 150 Oosterweel employees utilize the different software modules on a daily basis. KPD provides training to ensure that everyone efficiently utilizes the software.

A unified collaboration platform from the start

In a temporary joint venture, it is crucial to align and maintain all involved parties on the same page. This requires a collaborative platform that can be utilized by everyone.

KPD’s collaborative platform consists of six powerful modules and optional add-ons. We began the implementation with the project management module, called KPD Project. This application makes construction information more accessible than ever by simplifying data input and document creation, centralizing construction information, and making it available to all stakeholders. Document completion, quotation comparisons, and task delegation all run efficiently and effortlessly with Project.

Subsequently, the People, Timesheet App, E-invoice (digital invoicing), and E-signature (digital signatures) modules were implemented. This simplified the management of human resources, time tracking, and invoicing processes.

The KPD ecosystem

While construction companies often work with multiple systems, KPD has integrated everything into one ecosystem. The extensive capabilities make the KPD ecosystem one of the most comprehensive systems in the market for construction software. The various modules, add-ons, and features are seamlessly integrated, providing users with a complete overview of their projects.

Real-time insights with KPD

The KPD system contains data about the work budget, site progress, approved budgets, and provides cost controlling teams with the necessary information to compare actual costs against the allocated budgets. Actual costs include recorded hours, subcontractor invoices, invoices for construction materials, and equipment usage.

Thanks to dynamic periodic reporting in a Business Intelligence (BI) module, these data can be quickly and easily analyzed. The powerful combination of KPD software with BI enables controllers to accurately track expenses and budgets and gain timely insights into any deviations, even during the execution of various phases of the construction project. This provides the ability to intervene quickly and take necessary measures to get the project back on track.

About the Oosterweelverbinding

The Oosterweelverbinding is an integral part of ‘De Grote Verbinding,’ the future project of the Flemish government. The goal is to create a city and region where it is good to live, work, do business, and visit. With the construction of Oosterweel, the Antwerp Ring Road will be completely closed, creating safer infrastructure that contributes to a more livable environment for everyone. Additionally, the space above the Ring’s covering will be utilized to connect neighborhoods and provide them with more greenery and cleaner air.

The temporary joint ventures of the Oosterweelverbinding are collaborative partnerships between different construction companies that are collectively responsible for the construction of the project. Let’s highlight the temporary joint ventures:

Rinkoniên Linkeroever
Rinkoniên is responsible for the construction of the Oosterweelverbinding on the Left Bank and in Zwijndrecht. The consortium consists of Belgian companiesArtes Group, CIT Blaton, Stadsbaderand Dutch construction company MobilisMobilis.
TM COTU stands for Temporary Joint Venture Combination Oosterweel Tunnel. The consortium is in charge of the construction of the Scheldt Tunnel and the associated construction dock in Zeebrugge. The group consists of Belgian construction companies BESIX, DEME, Stadsbader Contractors en Jan De Nul.
Rinkoniên Rechteroever
The construction of the Oosterweel interchange is handled by Rinkoniên Rechteroever. It comprises the same companies as in the Left Bank and Zwijndrecht consortium, supplemented by Dutch dredging company Boskalis.
ROCO is working on the construction of the sunken Ring Road and the canal tunnels on the right bank. The acronym stands for Respect, Solution-oriented, Connection, Distinctive. ROCO is a collaboration of Belgian construction groups BESIX, Cordeel, DEME, Denys, Franki Construct, Jan De Nul, Van Laere en Willemen Infra.

Through structured collaboration, Antwerp will be relieved of traffic congestion, and the quality of life in the entire Antwerp region will be improved. What’s the main purpose? The goal is to achieve smoother traffic, safer roads, and a more livable region. The project is expected to run until at least 2030, with estimated costs of around 4.5 billion euros. For more information, please visit www.oosterweelverbinding.be

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