Knoxville, TN - Alstom today announced it is the recipient of the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) Benchmarking User Award. Alstom’s U.S. Environmental Control Systems (ECS) business was selected based on its integration of benchmarking into their business processes whereby all projects are surveyed and input into CII's Benchmarking and Metrics database. The Construction Industry Institute, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 115 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas that have joined together to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of construction. This marks the second time Alstom has received this industry recognition as the company’s benchmarking program also was recognized during CII’s award program in 2007.
"Alstom’s Environmental Control Systems (ECS) business benefits from CII membership both directly through benchmarking and indirectly through participation on boards and in conferences. The CII Benchmarking Award reflects our broad participation in the Institute as well as our effective implementation of the Benchmarking Survey into our project management discipline," said Jim Yann, Managing Director, ECS North America at Alstom.
Alstom’s participation in the CII benchmarking database provides the company with a tool to continuously measure, evaluate and improve its project execution metrics and performance. In addition to raw data on quantities, the company’s benchmarking approach includes project performance parameters such as cost, schedule, and quality as well as use of best practices around constructability reviews and lessons learned. Since 2005, Alstom has submitted benchmarking data for more than 40 projects, and CII has acknowledged that this sustained participation has led to a number of improvements in project execution.
Participation in industry-wide benchmarking activities benefits all parties, including customers.
Yann said, “Alstom is committed to providing our customers with the best products through implementation of best practices. CII Benchmarking gives Alstom the tools and resources needed to provide customers with the most desirable products.”
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,500 people in around 100 countries, and had sales of $29 billion USD in 2010/11.
CII is a consortium of leading owners, engineering and construction contractors, and suppliers who have a singular mission: to improve the cost effectiveness of the capital facility project life cycle, from front end planning through completion and commissioning. By collaborating on important industry issues and by providing guidance on best practices discovered through research, the CII members are collectively an industry forum for the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) process.
CII, through its research, implementation, education, and other initiatives, is a learning organization with a wealth of knowledge and information. The CII funded research program, with more than 40 leading U.S. universities involved, is unique in the engineering and construction industry. The research results lead to best practices for the entire industry to share and implement to improve project success.
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