Ft. Lauderdale, FL - July 27, 2009 – e-Builder, the leading provider of integrated capital program and project management software, announced today that Volkert, one of the leading engineering design firms in the nation, and listed in ENR’s top 500 engineering design firms, is leveraging e-Builder Enterprise 7 to complement its core competencies and manage their portfolio of projects.
Volkert has offices across 11 states, and provides program management and construction management for various K-12 schools, utilities, and other industry owners, and manages the Birmingham City School District’s $557 million capital program. Volkert needed to standardize new and existing processes to meet the demands of its growing program management practice without increasing staff or compromising quality. The company sought to differentiate itself as a top engineering and program management consulting firm by leveraging technology to complement proven core competencies. Last, Volkert needed to improve productivity and efficiency by eliminating duplicate and triplicate entry that placed additional strain on resources and hindered the company’s growth.
Volkert leveraged the integrated capabilities in e-Builder to centrally manage all project communications, milestone schedules, cost control and cash flow forecasting across multiple client programs and offices. Multiple reporting needs for different client programs are simultaneously managed in e-Builder to provide clients with unprecedented visibility, and various core project management processes, including change order requests and pay requests, have been standardized and streamlined with e-Builder.
The results from process automation, standardization, and internal controls have translated into shorter cycle times and more consistent processes, resulting in streamlined schedules and lower project costs for Volkert’s clients. Complete visibility into cost, schedule and cash flow has eliminated avoidable project delays and cost overruns, and helped improve decision-making across all projects, leading to improved and predictable project execution and overall higher client satisfaction. Eliminating triplicate invoice entry, hand written invoice approvals, consolidation of schedule data, and cash flow report creation has resulted in productivity gains that allow existing resources to take on more tasks.
“We feel we’re ahead of the curve” said Leon Barkan, Volkert Vice President. “Given that we already had a strong foundation in our people and our processes…we knew that implementing e-Builder would put us at a higher level vs. other program management organizations”.
Volkert & Associates, Inc., continues to be ranked as one of the top consulting firms in the United States offering engineering, environmental, program management, and construction services. Volkert is in the upper 1% of engineering design firms in the nation. Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms for 2008 ranks Volkert #145 out of the 500 top design firms listed. Volkert is ranked #36 on ENR’s list of the Top 50 in Transportation and #25 on the list of the Top 25 in Highways. Business Alabama magazine ranks Volkert #1 in the 2007 listing of Alabama’s top engineering firms. South Central Construction, a McGraw-Hill publication covering five states, ranks Volkert #2 in Alabama and #4 among the design firms in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Public Works magazine, July 2007, included Volkert in the top 50 architectural, engineering and consulting firms in the United States. Volkert’s major offices located in 11 states and the District of Columbia are staffed by more than 650 employees. The firm has additional right-of-way and construction engineering inspection field offices at sites throughout its geographic area. For more information, visit www.volkert.com.
e-Builder is the leading provider of fully integrated capital program and project management software for top facility owners and companies that act on their behalf. The company’s flagship product, e-Builder Enterprise, improves capital project execution resulting in increased productivity and quality, reduced cost, and faster project delivery. Since 1995, e-Builder’s technology leadership and construction industry focus has provided thousands of global companies, government agencies, healthcare and educational institutions managing billions of dollars in capital programs with solutions to improve the plan, build and operate lifecycle. The company is privately held and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit www.e-Builder.net.