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Dubai Municipality decisive on EPIMS

Dubai Municipality has deployed an engineering projects information management System (EPIMS) for employees and customers, which it hopes will save time and enable better decision-making.

The EPIMS will allow staff and clients to easily communicate online via an integrated electronic channel and will enable them to submit applications for projects electronically.

Departments that will particularly benefit from the new technology will be those involved in making decisions on engineering projects — including the Contracts & Publishing, General Projects, Finance, Historical Buildings and Coastal Management departments — as well as external users involved in these projects.

Hussain Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, explained how it hopes the project will improve efficiency and benefit its employees.

"The new project allows various departments in the municipality such as Contracts & Purchasing, General Projects and Finance, to submit their applications electronically," he said.

"These applications range from accreditation materials, graphics, plans, programmes and reports about the implementation of the engineering projects, in addition to financial requirements." He added that the EPIMS would facilitate easier access to information, error free completion of transactions and better decision making.

The first phase of the EPIMS implementation started in 2006 and the Municipality's IT department is currently working on phase two in which the system will be extended to cover more engineering departments within the Municipality.

"The implementation of this system was managed by a team of specialised technical staff from the IT department in co-operation with the departments concerned," said Lootah.

"With this system, the senior management and department heads can analyse the progress of the engineering projects in respect to financial, technical and administrative aspects."

"Further, it provides direct, detailed and accurate information for contractors and consultants," he added.
Dubai Municipality has implemented a number of applications designed to automate its processes and improve efficiency within departments. In August, it completed the first phase of its Ta'jeer project, a web-based centralised solution for renting, leasing and managing the municipality's properties.

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