Brown & Root Services was picked last week as preferred supplier for a £350m project management contract on the £2bn implementation of a Bowman digital communications system for the army.
The contract was let by Archer Communications, the Bowman prime contractor. Brown & Root’s initial Phase 1 contract is for provision of management services to convert installations and buildings to Bowman equipment. The work will involve 130 buildings and 20,000 installations including military vehicles.
The second phase, to begin in September 1999, will be based on a ‘partnering style’ contract.
Brown & Root said this week that it has been ‘pioneering the development of partnering, as a non-adversarial way of conducting business with its client’.
The company said partnering involves the client and contractor ‘establishing an environment to work together in a much more trusting way, eliminating the need for man-to-man marking and introducing incentives’.
The contract also includes training 150,000 soldiers to use Bowman.