Robotic Process Automation on Royal Atlantis Resort & Residence project

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residence plans to open its doors to the public later this year to become a new iconic destination for residences and tourists in Dubai. This massive luxury project of 360,000m2 will have 795 hotel rooms and 231 residential units with spectacular water fountain shows & features, signature restaurants, spa and conference facilities.

80%

of the manual work involved can be done by the robot

2 hours

of reporting via the robot versus 7 days of work by a senior consultant

There are very detailed and technical monthly reports required for the client and various project stakeholders about the costs of building a large-scale project such as the Royal Atlantis Resort & Residence. This reporting is mandatory and requires a lot detail and numerous packages such as the integration with the client’s cost management software, Proliance, the variation workflow process managed as part of Aconex Document Management, and the contractor’s reporting of the costs. It is a very important part of the job and at the same time, is a very time-consuming deliverable. Arcadis, as cost consultants on the project, and the client wanted to identify a solution to ensure the senior cost consultants on the job were focused on important services and deliverables, such as agreeing variations, while providing the necessary reports without utilizing a majority of their time.

Arcadis identified that a large amount of time was used taking data from many different sources, checking and verifying, and collating into an excel document format that would produce the data in line with the client’s costing structure requirements. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) was created, introduced and identified as a potential strong digital solution for the client and future cost jobs. If no risk to information security, or additional time burden on our over-stretched resource, the client proactively allowed us to implement in June 2019. The robot was programmed to complete three detailed processes including collecting data from several different locations, checking, re-organizing and collating in a final summary and even putting the final produced tables into a word report.  

What could take up to 7 working days of a senior consultant to complete was now taking 2 hours via the robot. The time saved has been re-deployed in agreeing variations as desired by the client. 80% of the manual work involved can be done by the robot.

As the project becomes more complex, the administrative input of our resource in production of the cost report has been made more efficient by the implementation of RPA achieving a win-win scenario for Arcadis and our client. This project has proven the abilities of RPA but only scratched the surface of its overall capability which could assist on major projects and programs in the future.  

Outcomes

80%

of the manual work involved can be done by the robot

2 hours

of reporting via the robot versus 7 days of work by a senior consultant

Faster delivery by robot

Better informed decisions and more time spent looking forward
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