PAMS or short for Project Analysis and Monitoring System, comprises of various “barometers” or gauges used to monitor the flow and progress of a certain project.
The five main “barometers” used in PAMS are:
- Physical Progress This is a measure of the weekly actual progress against the weekly physical schedule.
- Financial Progress This is a measure of the actual against scheduled financial progress on a monthly basis.
- Manpower Returns Manpower returns indicate the site daily or weekly labour returns and can be broken down into general labour, skilled labour, supervisors, etc.
- Materials Utilisation Material utilization may refer to the materials usage during work progress, such as concrete in cubic meters, reinforcement bars in tonnes, etc.
- Machineries Utilisation Machinery utilisation is measured daily or weekly and may be indicated by the main machineries or plant working on site, such as excavators, lorries, cranes, etc.
Each “barometer” has its own set of measurable variables or indicators. PAMS stores all these information in a dedicated server. To simplify data input and retrieval via mobile phone, each project is assigned a unique project code that represents the project name, and a group of parameters. Updates of data and retrieval of records can be done at an instant.
PAMS is unique as it uses the SMS function in mobile phone as means to communicate with the server. It capitalises on the wide coverage the mobile phone system offers. All project data are recorded into the server, and also retrieved from the server using the mobile phone at anytime and from any location with mobile phone coverage.
In addition, only administrators assigned by the Project Managers or Project Owners are able to access PAMS via the computer for further detailed analysis of the relevany data.
- Acquire information fast Information is updated and retrieved promptly by using PAMS. Designated users can update data using the mobile phone and may not necessary have to go back to the office to use the computer. A registered user needs to have a mobile phone and know the project codes to retrieve the project information. It takes only a few seconds to obtain the requested data.
- Anytime / Anywhere PAMS can be used at any time of the day and anywhere as long as there is mobile phone coverage. Mobile phone coverage is wider compare to the fixed line and internet. PAMS supports all types of mobile phones.
- Easy to Use Mobile phones are highly portable and easy to use. Nowadays, almost everyone owns a mobile phone and often uses the SMS, but only a registered few may use PAMS. Thus, like the normal SMS, these privileged few can do updates easily.
PAMS has been successfully implemented for 5 projects: Kuari Pati Sdn Bhd (KPSB), PROPEL, Penang Bridge Widening (PBW) HOTO Stainless Steel and Bank Rakyat Projects.
Kuari Pati Sdn Bhd (KPSB)
PAMS is used to store data for 6 quarries under KPSB. KPSB uses PAMS to record productivity such as Sales and Production of Premix, Aggregates, Sand, etc.
Projek Penyelenggaraan Lebuhraya Berhad (PROPEL)
PROPEL uses this system to record traffic information along Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS Highway). The traffic information can then be retrieved by registered road users heading towards various locations.
Penang Bridge Widening(PBW)
PBW uses PAMS to record and monitor the weekly progress of work done on site. The recorded progress can be retrieved by the Project Manager, Management or any other authorized personnel at any time for their immediate information or action.
HOTO Stainless Steel (HOTO)
Bank Rakyat Project will be the pioneer in using the full features of PAMS. The main Barometers in PAMS for Bank Rakyat Project are:
- Physical Progress
- Financial Progress