Fulton Hogan to Implement QESTLab

Spectra QEST announces that Fulton Hogan, a New Zealand based roading and infrastructure construction company, will implement QESTLab™. Founded in Dunedin in 1933, Fulton Hogan has grown to employ more than 4,000 staff and record annual sales of NZ$1 billion.

Fulton Hogan produces construction materials and supplies concrete, asphalt and roading aggregates as well as asphaltic concrete and bituminous sealing products throughout New Zealand. Company activities take place in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Basin.

Late last year, Spectra QEST was invited by Fulton Hogan to provide a proposal on how to best introduce a modern Laboratory Information Management System to the company’s seven New Zealand construction materials testing laboratories. Spectra QEST responded with a proposal and an on-line demonstration of QESTLab, which was followed by an early January visit to Adelaide by senior Fulton Hogan technical personnel for a more thorough evaluation.

Following a positive evaluation of the software, one of Spectra QEST’s principals was invited to New Zealand for a week-long workshop that aimed to provide more Fulton Hogan personnel with a good understanding of what the proposed system would do for the company and to commence the design of the interface with third party systems.

As is usual in such workshops, Spectra QEST suggested ways for Fulton Hogan to maximize the benefits that could flow from the system, put forward ideas to re-engineer processes to introduce additional efficiency gains, and assisted the customer in compiling clear success targets that would measure how successful the implementation has been at the completion of the project.

By late February everything was ready for a trial version to be installed on Fulton Hogan’s servers so that initial tasks could be planned and users could become familiar with QESTLab.

During the first week of March, Spectra QEST’s Implementation & Support manager spent a week on-site providing initial training and assisting in the planning of the introduction of the system to all the laboratories in New Zealand.

Piloting has been scheduled to take place in July and should go for about two months. The rest of the laboratories will be rolled out between September and December, with a sign-off planned for early 2008.

It should be noted that the QESTLab product team has been hard at work to add certain features that Fulton Hogan has requested including the ability to add ‘reference documents’ to a test, the ability to embed an image to a test report as well as a whole new suite of New Zealand specific worksheets.

The adding of ‘reference documents’ to tests is an interesting feature that could accommodate one-click printing of worksheets created in a third party application (such as Excel) or reference documents (such as a PDF of the test method). The ability to add an image to a test report is also a useful feature, especially when a map or a drawing needs to be presented with the test report, or when a photo is necessary to provide further clarity.

These features (and more) will be available in QESTLab v3.0 and are expected to be adopted by other customers.

Stephan Mavrakis, Head of Global Sales, Spectra QEST
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