Tejari benefits the bottom line

Tejari believes that its Tejari Project Collaboration (TPC)service can help construction firms avoid cost and time overruns.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 21, 2003

Construction industry titans descended on Gitex yesterday for demonstrations of Tejari Project Collaboration (TPC.) This online offering enables the different parties involved in the construction process to collaborate in real time, whether viewing blueprints, exchanging documents or simply communicating.

Tejari says that its Project Collaboration tool has already been deployed on large projects, including the development of a juice and soft drinks factory in Dubai. The team working on that project is scattered across Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, India, and Dubai.

"The building and construction industry is one of the most fragmented industries in the world, and a considerable part of a project's cost is in knowledge management," explained Saqib Iqbal, vice president, operations, Tejari.

"Tejari Project Collaboration was designed in response to specific market demand for an online service that allows multiple parties to share knowledge, and track and audit the processes within construction projects."

The idea behind TPC is to help construction firms avoid cost or time overruns, which not only irk the owner of a building, but can mean fines for the contractor. Tejari believes that TPC helps contractors avoid these pitfalls by facilitating communication and collaboration.

"We now have an application that caters to the special needs of the region's building and construction industry," said Iqbal. "Many similar applications developed in Europe and the US do not take into consideration the special procedures and conditions of our region."

Tejari believes that TPC also provides an audit trail that records all transactions related to projects, helping ensure that each party's responsibilities are clearly stated and adhered to.

TPC is provided as an outsourced service, meaning that its users don't need to invest in specific hardware or software in order to use it.

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