What we didIn just four weeks, Fordway set up a cloud-based infrastructure which scaled with the project to provide total flexibility while minimising costs. We provided onsite IT presence and 24×7 support for the round-the clock tunnelling operation. Plus, we supplied all hardware and software with DaaS for 700 concurrent users.
Team BFK is a joint venture between three of the world’s leading tunnelling, civil engineering and construction companies, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier.
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Bringing BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction Ltd together required delivery of a common IT platform and configuration of all PCs and laptops for project staff and provide the comprehensive user support needed on-site. Each organisation had their own governance, compliance and IT procedures; they needed to work efficiently and collaborate but establishing common standards for integration was complex.
Fordway set up a cloud-based infrastructure and fully managed and hosted business continuity/disaster recovery solution, which scales with the project to provide total flexibility across all 27 sites for 700 concurrent users. In addition to the 24×7 support, Fordway provided DaaS, supplying all the hardware and software through a managed desktop which incorporated all the necessary applications including antivirus.
“Fordway very much go the extra mile for us – whatever we throw at them, they take it as a challenge and calmly find a solution. They see their role as being there to make the whole thing work.“
Geoff Bull – Quality Manager, BFK
We also had to provide and provision desktop computers and laptops. Initially the staff team had a rapid rise from 150 users to 250, and then grew further as the project reached a peak of 700 concurrent users. We created a flexible provisioning and user onboarding and offboarding service to cope with short term contract staff and reprovisioning hardware for newcomers.
Our job throughout the Crossrail / Elizabeth Line project has been to provide the right technology at every stage, delivered in a seamless way, with excellent backup, restore and data security. As the final snagging stage of the stations build is being completed, and we are working on the wind-down, we’re celebrating a job well done with team members who have been with us on the entire journey, right from day one. We’re all very pleased to have played a part in the mammoth feat of engineering that is Crossrail and the Elizabeth Line.