Dike reinforcement project Heel and Beesel
Mourik Infra has years of experience in maintaining, strengthening and improving levees to provide protection against flooding. At Heel and Beesel, the dike is both raised and reinforced. The current flood defenses will be raised to proper elevation and new defenses will be installed in locations where there are no flood defenses in the current situation.
In February 2021, the dike reinforcement project was awarded by the Limburg Water Board to the Combinatie Dijkversterking Heel en Beesel (CDHB), consisting of Mourik Infra and FL. The contract is for design and implementation. Good control of the project is crucial in this regard. Part of this project control is that the work performed can be shown to meet the requirements and design. During the execution of the work, CDHB uses KE-chain.
Mourik already has experience with KE-chain. Martijn van Sinttruije, manager Project Management Heel and Beesel is happy to tell more about his experiences.
The team uses the digital inspection forms to direct inspections to be done. Martijn, as Project Control Manager, is responsible for controlling the project. Cooperation between the technical manager and the project control manager is essential. This is where practice meets theory.
Extensive use is made of the inspection forms and the results the inspections provide. This makes it easy to determine whether the result meets the intended outcome. If this result does not meet the intended outcome we speak of a deviation which can also be observed within KE-chain. The way the inspection is recorded in KE-chain makes it possible to act quickly. How these situations are handled is also recorded in KE-chain.
This makes it easy to determine whether the result meets the intended outcome
Through biweekly and four-weekly meetings with the client and through the four-weekly progress report, the client is informed. In this way, the client remains integrally up-to-date and has a clear picture of the project’s progress and quality. The possibility exists to give the client (limited) rights to access the application. The client is then enabled to watch live inspections.
Traditional: loose files and extra attention
Previously, the results of inspections were committed to paper. This included the use of Word, Excel and other registration systems. Photos we post in a separate photo folder.
The demonstration of whether work had been done within the norm was the result of a measurement. Because these measurement results were manually put into Excel, extra care was needed to ensure that this did not go wrong and that the correct photos were linked to them.
We considered which digital registration system we wanted to use within Mourik. Among other things because of the different template options, collaboration in the digital forms, the library of forms and the workflow options made us decide to choose KE-chain.
The demonstration of whether work had been done within the norm was the result of a measurement. Because these measurement results were manually put into Excel, extra care was needed to ensure that this did not go wrong and that the correct photographs were linked to them.
KE-chain: Digital & straight to work
Mourik already has positive experiences with KE-chain for performing the inspections and integration with Relatics. The forms are already available through KE-chain’s corporate library. This contains several standardized forms that are used within almost all projects at Mourik. That made it an easy choice to use KE-chain for Heel and Beesel as well.
Together with the KE-chain team, we designed, set up and completed the digital forms and workflows. After an instruction, we were able to get underway quickly and the team outside was able to get right to work performing the inspections.
With KE-chain, the data is captured directly in the digital form and from there you work your way up to reporting. For each additional inspection, you simply add a registration line including, for example, the location, photos and comments.
For example, in large projects with many different registrations, you can register everything together and, with the correct entry dates, also easily retrieve it. This has made the subsequent search for information a lot easier because it can be looked up within the system in an inspection form.
This allows you to record and retrieve everything together on large projects with many different registrations
Within Mourik, we are striving to have lab technicians working with KE-chain as well. Currently, the lab technician adds his created reports as attachments in KE-chain. Thus, lab technicians still record their inspections in their own registration system. KE-chain also facilitates in entering the inspection directly into the form, avoiding the intervention of pdf documents. So this allows you to see immediately if the lab technician’s values meet the requirements and does not require opening a pdf file first.
My favorite feature within KE-chain is that everything is bundled. All the information is together in a logical way. In addition, you have many reporting options so you can tailor the reporting to your needs. This way you always have a clear report of what has been inspected. Assignment to individuals is also super convenient and easy, Martijn said
Bidirectional coupling KE-chain with Relatics
The Relatics link with KE-chain was used in this project which provides a complete overview of the inspected and to-be-inspected requirements in execution. To maintain overview in one central place, the results of the inspections from KE-chain are merged in Relatics and the entire process is optimized.
This linkage secures the entire verification within one system, saying goodbye to an error-prone and manual administrative process and working with two systems. This unburdens not only the client but also the in-house project management experts.
The entire verification is secured within one system