Case Study on Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland

CBRE was appointed lead property and financial advisor and transaction manager for the redevelopment and transformation of the 54-acre Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA). Click here to read more…

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Case Study for Kallistratos

Putting a project on hold for updates is costly. With Office 365, we can save 20 percent of our engineers’ time with better communication and collaboration.
– Petros Katsoulas, Site Engineer, Kallistratos

Up until mid 2011, engineers at Greek construction firm Kallistratos exchanged CAD files with stakeholders on DVD, through the mail, or by car—a very complex and cumbersome process that required employees to balance travel to construction sites with attending project meetings. The company wanted to communicate with multiple contacts from the field or office more quickly, without the need to travel and meet in person each time…

Situation: Email was sufficient for sending Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, but it did not work with CAD files, which were too large to be sent as attachments through regular email. Instead, engineers had to spend two to three hours a day copying large files to DVD and mailing, driving, or sending the files by courier. Petros Katsoulas, Site Engineer at Kallistratos, says, “This process takes a lot of time, especially in heavy traffic: going back, coordinating, getting approval from headquarters, and sending updated files to public-sector offices. And every day we had changes to these project files, and had to repeat the process all over again.” Engineers’ time and postage, gas, and courier fees added up to large collaboration expenses. Read further on Kallistratos

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Case Study for Koon Holdings Limited

Office 365 gave our users, who were already familiar with Outlook, an easy email solution. Now, I just give them a username and password, and they’re ready to go.
– Shahaizan Jamal, IT Executive, Koon Holdings Ltd.

In Singapore, Koon Holdings Limited has helped reclaim and develop land across the country. The company’s mobile engineering workforce needed quick and easy access to their email while they are in the field at worksites. Microsoft Office 365 delivered a familiar, cost-effective solution that did not require additional training, freeing up IT administrators to focus on other tasks, thus improving productivity company-wide.

Business Needs: Continuously enhancing its capabilities along the value chain, Koon has gone from a transporter of rocks and stones to a main contractor in numerous iconic infrastructure and reclamation projects in Singapore. Registered with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) as an A1 civil engineering contractor, Koon is eligible to tender for civil engineering projects with unlimited value in Singapore…
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Case Studies on Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Challenge: As Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) prepared to launch its metastatic breast cancer medicine IXEMPRA, the Food and Drug Administration asked the company to consider providing educational initiatives to patients who suffer from advanced breast cancer and their caregivers. To that end, BMS reviewed Internet resources for advanced breast cancer patients to learn how those patients accessed information online and what tools and other information they were finding. The result, BMS found, was that resources for this specific patient population were dispersed across multiple sites. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Braskem

Braskem is the leading Latin America producer of thermoplastic resins, operating 19 industrial units producing more than 10 million tons of thermoplastic resins, first and second generation petrochemicals. The company’s strategic objectives include the enhancement of the company’s reliability, productivity, and operational efficiency and effectiveness of its equipment assets.

Challenges: Minimizing inefficiencies and costs associated with the fragmentation of critical asset information throughout the company’s 19 industrial units, Selection and standardization of best-in-class EAM and APM systems throughout all 19 industrial units that are compatible with SAP, User adoption of standardized EAM and APM systems throughout the enterprise. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Shell Global Solutions: Braskem SA

A naphtha cracker, the largest in Brazil, forms the heart of the industrial complex in Camaçari, Bahia State, north-eastern Brazil. It supplies feedstocks and utilities to Braskem’s downstream polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride plants as well as to other large international companies on the same industrial complex.

Continuous improvement: A strong culture of continuous improvement exists at Braskem. To compete in the international market with its products and to set an example for the region, the company strives to operate its plants, including the naphtha cracker, very cost-effectively and efficiently. An external auditor supported Braskem in identifying opportunities for performance improvement of its plants, including the cracker. As a result of this work, Braskem developed the Braskem+ project to enhance the reliability, productivity and operational effectiveness of the unit. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Reduces Fixed Costs With a High Availability Environment: Braskem S.A.

Braskem S.A. wanted to implement a highly available IT infrastructure for greater operating efficiencies, and recovery in case of disaster or unplanned downtime and improve performance of invoicing and account closing services, including electronic sales bills, to achieve operating efficiency. The challenge was to avoid reprocessing or loss of critical information regarding petrochemical production. Read more..

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A Case Study on Movimento de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim

My research will delve into the workings of the community of Bom Jardim in Fortaleza, Ceará, in their endeavors for positive mental and physical community development through the tactics of their base organization Movimento de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim (MSMCBJ). Specifically I am looking at the Terapia Comunitária (community therapy) program, one of the many branches of MSMCBJ, and how through their projects do they fulfill their goal of organizing a community from the roots to blossom into a healthier and more vibrant one. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Biodiversity Conservation

In brief, we learn that deforestation for implanting pastures is probably not economically justifiable at the individual rancher level and certainly not at greater spatial levels. We also show that wood extraction is not likely to be economically feasible for most landowners.

We learn that policy interventions to encourage biological diversity at the local level may focus upon informational barriers, conservation education and maximizing the sustainable, managed harvest of extractive and non-extractive goods and services other than cattle ranching. Finally, we learn that justification exists for integrating environmental policy in the Pantanal from local through, potentially international levels due to the global value of the Pantanal’s unique natural environment. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Lean Manufacturing Strategies

Over the past several years U.S. EPA’s Office of Reinvention has been involved in a number of “regulatory responsiveness” initiatives. These include the Common Sense Initiative, Project XL, and Pollution Prevention in Permitting Program (P4). In working with a variety of businesses in the context of these initiatives, certain project participants noted that corporate manufacturing strategies and initiatives often produced substantial resource productivity enhancements.

At the same time, the responsiveness and continuous improvement aspects of these strategies were driving on-going modifications to operating equipment and operating parameters that could be subject to new environmental permitting and/or modifications to existing permits. This meant that desired changes could be subject to regulatory bottlenecks (in terms of time, uncertainty, and administrative costs) that could constrain responsiveness, continuous improvement, and, ultimately resource productivity gains. Click here to read more…

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