What is Matrics?

Matrics is an acronym for the Management of Activities, Time and Resources for International Construction Solutions.

Matrics provides a user friendly and comprehensive structured code library with corresponding graphics for a seamless integrated approach to information management for the construction industry linking all the requisite information systems required to correlate the following into a single harmonised model.

6-D BIM Models with geotechnical baseline reports, international conditions of contract, employer’s requirements and technical specifications, schedule activity coding, risk management, quantity surveying, estimating and cost accounting as well as document management and content systems into a common code.

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Get a clear overview of everything your team is working on – what’s already been done and what’s coming up next.

  • One easy to use package
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  • Manages and controls your construction costs
  • Conforms to internationally recognized FIDIC Forms of Contract, BIM, QS, Planning, Accounting and ISO 9001 Standards
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Managing, Predicting and Controlling your Construction Costs on Major Infrastructure Works

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0. Where?
After determining the location of the project corridor and developing the Matrics BIM Model, the most effective way to manage the project is to ask the following simple key questions. Each question has a corresponding no. from 0-9 with its own specific colour. Depending on which question is asked, the Matrics System can filter the information by the corresponding sort code and additional filters to the required level of detail. The combination of questions produces a corresponding combination of colour patterns, thereby facilitating understanding of some of the complex issues. More > >
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Project Organisation
1. Who?
Establishing a project strategy and the corresponding organization to support this is the most fundamental when setting up major projects. This includes preparing the employer’s requirements, the procurement procedures, contracts and insurance. More > >
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Project Development
2. What?
Matrics adopts a standard approach of phased development of activities based on the decimal system from feasibility study and geotechnical investigation through design, procurement, construction to operations, which is then intimately linked to the method of construction and related resources. More > >
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Planning & Progress Reporting
3. When?
The basis of all good project management is planning and Matrics provides a harmonized work breakdown structure that reflects the development of the project activities so that they can be filtered and reviewed instantly. More > >
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Risk and Claims Analysis
4. If?
The risk register forms an integral part of the design and construction management process. Matrics employs the same work breakdown to correlate the anticipated residual risks and potential claims providing a transparent basis for management. More > >
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Resource Management
5. How?
A key issue is the management of resources: materials, equipment, personnel, subcontracts and contingencies. The Matrics resource codes match the activity codes to a high level of detail and can be selected from a graphic table for each set of activities. More > >
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Estimating & Costing
6. How Much?
Estimating the costs from initial budget at pre-tender stage, through contract award for alternative designs can be a daunting task. Matrics takes the approach of activity based costing and links this in turn to the specification and bill of quantities using the same logic as the work breakdown structure. More > >
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Quality Assurance
7. Whether?
Matrics adopts the principles of ISO 9001 to organize and compare variations between planned and actual achievements providing a systematic analysis as a basis for continuing improvement. More > >
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Documentation Management
8. Why?
All documentation is coded according to the adopted work breakdown structure including the table of contents to enable detailed content search. Adopting a common approach throughout Matrics provides a unique time and cost effective way of managing complex projects. More > >

Benefits of the Matrics System

Creating clarity from chaos

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Used by authorities, employers, consultants, contractors and specialist suppliers alike as a check list to develop building information models, contract documents. Provides an independent view point for reviewing the hidden risks in the diverse documentation received for a new project in a local or foreign environment.
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Adaptable to any language, particular set of regulations, prescriptive standards or specification clauses through logical comparative tables and in-built technical/commercial dictionary which in turn are related to the Matrics Model. Provides a common link for developing the contract schedule and budget from drawings or BIM.
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Tried and tested in over 20 countries on different types of civil engineering and building projects in totally different geographical and political environments. Employs a common approach to information management for all forms of contract and types of works such as bridges, railways, highways, hydropower or industrial developments on the surface, underground or in a marine environment.
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Enables a direct link between the geographical and geotechnical baselines to the specifications, methods of construction, schedule, resources and costs to assist the user in choosing the optimum solution for a given set of conditions. The common basis enable reports to be generated automatically by logical links embedded in the coding structure.
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The multi-level harmonized data structure provides the user with built-in artificial intelligence based on the logical process-orientated approach to data management linked to practical experience in the field. The easy to understand graphics enable the user to quickly influence the overall outcome of the project objectives as different options are investigated or become available. The Matrics Model automates the links.
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The library scope covers all commonly used items within civil engineering and related building projects. The highly developed and coordinated work breakdown structure provides a clear, concise and consistent approach to information management in construction within the complexity of often conflicting or incoherent information.
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The Matrics Model was designed with benefit of practical application on all types and size of projects. The user defines the level of detail is required for the problem in hand. The Matrics Model uses the same logic from initial investigation to contract award, commissioning and operation providing the requisite interfaces for a comprehensive, fast and accurate solution to manage or avoid potential claims or time / cost overruns.

Used on Major International Construction Projects

Tried and tested in over 20 countries over the last 30 years


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