WATERLOO, ONT.—The Government of Canada is investing in a web-based application developed in Ontario with the goal of improving the performance of infrastructure projects.
Valency Inc. of Waterloo, Ont. received a $173,200 contract for its application called the Carve for Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI). Carve is a visual web application meant to be used with PDRI, an industry practice that measures the scope of capital projects, states a release issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada March 13. The Carve solution simplifies the PDRI process by helping identify risks and improving certainty around costs and schedules. Using Carve in the early stages of planning could lead to increased savings.
Valency Inc.’s innovation is being tested by National Defence’s real property project development. This testing will improve scope definition across National Defence infrastructure projects and provide insight into areas for continual improvement.
The investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada, adds the release. More than 221 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program. More than $80 million has been awarded in contracts since the program began in 2010.
"Investments in innovation are a key driver of jobs and prosperity," said Judy Foote, minister of public services and procurement, in a statement. "By matching innovations such as the Carve for Project Definition Rating Index with government needs, the Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies move their products from the testing phase to the marketplace."
"Recent structural changes at National Defence have made measuring and achieving proper scope definition a key factor for achieving cost and schedule goals," said Peter Crain, director general of portfolio requirements, National Defence.
"PDRI is recognized and used successfully by many of our United States federal counterparts. Working with Valency Inc. and implementing Carve for PDRI will help us ensure proper scope definition."