Basil Read uses Aconex online platform for Saint Helena Airport design

Infotech Lead America: Basil Read, a construction and engineering firm based in South Africa, is using the Aconex Online Collaboration Platform for design and building of the Saint Helena Airport.

This project will provide the first access to the island by air.

Jimmy Johnston, executive director, special projects, at Basil Read, said: “The Aconex platform helps our team stay on schedule with secure, centralized information management and project-wide collaboration processes.”

The airport project for the Saint Helena Government is valued at approximately £250 million and funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

Its primary purpose is to promote economic self-sufficiency for the island through tourism and related business. The airport is expected to open for service in 2016.

In preparation for the project, Basil Read built an entire supply chain from South Africa to Saint Helena. The firm chartered an ocean-going vessel to transport equipment, supplies and personnel; constructed a temporary dock and housing for on-site project team members; and set up fuel storage and communications links.

Hervé Hamelin, Aconex general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “The Saint Helena Airport will open the island to new opportunities for entrepreneurship and economic growth.”

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