Breaking New Ground—Stories from Defence Construction Breaking_new_ground - Page 96

Staff members at Head Office in Ottawa participate in a baseball tournament to raise funds for United Way and celebrate DCC’s 40th anniversary. DCC’s structure underwent other changes, primarily as a result of government policy and budgetary pressures: the Pacific and Prairie regions were amalgamated into the Western Region and operations management was consolidated under a single Vice-President, Operations. Celebrating 40 years In May 1991, DCC celebrated its 40th anniversary. Major-General John Adams, Chief Construction and Properties at NDHQ, took the time to commit congratulations to paper: The mere fact that this very unique relationship between our two organizations has endured for four decades, despite monumental changes in society, government, industry and the international situation, is in itself significant. Even more significant is the product of this relationship: 40 continuous years of timely, efficient and effective construction and maintenance in support of the Department of National Defence… all of you in DCL are absolutely vital to our success. Relying on technology Computerization was also doing its part to improve efficiency and reduce costs. By the spring of 1992, all Regional and Site offices had access to the contracting database thanks to the Regional Information Management System (RIMS), which was designed to decentralize administrative procedures. Regional offices were assigned responsibility for managing contract security and insurance, while field office employees started to capture information on site conditions and input from DND electronically for the first time. DCC and DND also worked with PWC on a review of the SPEC system in the early 1990s, adding new types of work to the system, including environmental work. In October 1993, DCC replaced its old system of advertising proposed procurements in newspapers and trade journals with the Open Bidding Service (OBS) database. Since OBS was user-pay, DCC no longer incurred notice costs, with initial savings estimated at $150,000 per year for construction project advertising and $25,000 more for consultant project advertising. DCC’s Strategic Information Management System (SIMS), a more sophisticated enterprise resource planning system, replaced the home grown RIMS system in 1996 after an initial investment of $1.7 million including software customization and employee training. 86 BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA