User experiences Mourik Infra
Mourik already has experience with KE-chain. Kevin Vernooij, work planner at Mourik and involved in this project, is happy to tell more about his experiences with this digital application.
Mourik Infra is committed to sustainability every day. For infrastructure, that means minimal traffic disruption, safety for both road user and road worker, circularity by applying reusable materials, minimizing emissions, and attention to total cost over the life of infrastructure works. Sustainability goes beyond possessing the proper certifications. Sustainability is woven into the projects through the commitment and creativity of employees. It does not stop at words; what is promised is done. Safety and the environment of the project are central to this.
Project ‘t Klooster by municipality of Nieuwegein
Since September last year, a lot of hard work has been done on behalf of the municipality of Nieuwegein to improve access for the ‘t Klooster business park from the A27.
The section between the Beatrix Lock and the intersection Waterliniedok/Indundatiedok was closed for a weekend in order to start milling the existing asphalt as soon as possible and then immediately start excavating the construction pit for a completely new bicycle tunnel.
In the dead of night, the moment was there, the first tunnel element was installed under the fixed water pipe. In addition, bumper posts of the artwork above the A27 were repaired and the traffic circle above the tour (to Utrecht) and exit (to Breda) were demolished and replaced with an I-VRI (automatic traffic lights). On the last evening of the weekend, after the markings and signs were installed, the road reopened to traffic.
Execution of work
Some numbers to get an idea of the work done in one weekend:
- Bicycle tunnel with a length of 50m installed
- 1815 tons of asphalt removed
- 700 tons of mixing granules applied
- 800 units of pavement installed
- 750 tons of asphalt applied
- 4 km of permanent and temporary marking installed.
With this work, the section above the A27 was completely finished, after which the realization of the bike lanes to the bike tunnel and the widenings on the Indundation Dock and Defense Dock were on the program.
In October, work began on the construction of the by-pass which provides a direct connection between the Utrecht exit and ‘t Klooster.
The project team is engaged in preparations and execution of this work making intensive use of the digital inspection forms to guide inspections to be done and the outcomes the inspections give. There is tight monitoring of deviations recorded in execution. Because of the method of recording in KE-chain, it is possible to act and adjust quickly.
Because of the method of recording in KE-chain, it is possible to act and adjust quickly.
Through periodic meetings with the client, the client stays up-to-date on the progress of the project and has a clear picture of both the progress and quality of the project.
Traditional: loose files and extra attention
Previously, inspections were conducted on paper. Demonstrating whether work had been done within the standard was the result of a written-down measurement. Because these measurement results were tracked in Excel, extra care was needed to ensure that this did not go wrong and that the correct photographs were linked to the correct measurements.
KE-chain: Digital & straight to work
Together with the KE-chain team, the digital forms and workflows were designed and set up. After instruction and training, preparations could quickly get underway, and the team outside could immediately get to work performing the required inspections.
Because Mourik already has positive experiences with KE-chain, both in execution and project management, the forms were already available through the company library. Upon request, these are customized and optimized on a project-by-project basis.
With KE-chain, the data is captured directly in the digital form and from there you work your way up to reporting. A big advantage is that you can work with several people in the application at the same time. You don’t have to wait for others but can get started right away.
With KE-chain, the data is captured directly in the digital form and from there you work your way up to reporting. A big advantage is that you can work with several people in the application at the same time
For each anomalous situation you easily add a registration line including, for example, the location where you are, photos and comments. Searching for information, doubting correctly adopted values or not being able to find photos again is a thing of the past. Everything is displayed and stored in real time.
My favorite feature within KE-chain is that you can register everything directly, and with multiple people at the same time. You then have all the information directly and immediately together without having to perform duplicate operations. Assigning work to be performed to colleagues also works nicely, Kevin said.
In addition, there are many options regarding how you want to format a report which allows you to customize it completely. This way you always have a clear report of what has been inspected. Assignment to individuals is also easy. The Relatics link with KE-chain was used to implement this project.
Like other projects, the Relatics link with KE-chain was used to implement this project. This allows for optimization and keeps an overview of the specification and verification requirements.
To keep all data in one central place, the inspections performed and other registrations made are merged into Relatics. This ensures optimization of the entire process.
By realizing this link, you no longer have to deal with an error-prone and manual process. The entire process has been automated, leaving only one system to work with instead of several that do not work well together. This unburdens both the client and the in-house expert working on the project.