Real-world success stories: discovering sustainable construction solutions

Murray & Dickson Construction

29 April, 2022
4 mins read

Murray & Dickson Construction


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Murray & Dickson Construction


Since its formation in 1983, Murray & Dickson Construction has evolved from a humble building company into a construction powerhouse that now oversees various projects across several industries in South Africa.

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Gavin McAlpine, Financial Director
M&D Construction

From providing water supply and purification infrastructure to laying pipes for major mining companies and upgrading fuel depots; M&D Construction is committed to superior workmanship and exceptional service guided by the motto ‘Khula Nathi – Grow With Us.’

The Challenge

Throughout its operational history, the company had implemented different workflows and several disparate software packages to address their enterprise management needs; this resulted in a siloed system that prevented their procurement, accounting and costing departments from being integrated.

This, in turn, led to a range of pain points including:

  • Ongoing reconciliations
  • Uncertainty about the accuracy of their financial and project data
  • An inability to do batch payments and inter-company transfers, match bank details to beneficiaries, and reallocate costs between general ledger (GL) codes
  • No way to process goods received notes (GRNs) or pull reports of their weekly orders.

The Solution

In 2018, Financial Director Gavin McAlpine approached RIB for a solution that would address Murray & Dickson’s challenges while integrating seamlessly with Candy, which the company had already been using for several years.

As a fully integrated, cloud-based enterprise management solution; BuildSmart was put forward as the preferred software to assist the business.

The Result

Since the implementation of BuildSmart, M&D have not only eliminated the pain points listed above but also experienced greater workflow efficiency, time savings, and financial control thanks to features such as:

Cloud-Based Flexibility

With the power of the cloud, multiple users can now access shared real-time data from a single source of truth while approving orders on-site, any time, with the BuildSmart mobile app.

These capabilities also helped M&D Construction successfully navigate the 2020 COVID lockdown with minimal disruption; something they would never have been able to do previously.

Accurate Cost Reporting

M&D can now compare their actual and anticipated project costs in real-time for improved margins and timely interventions should any discrepancies be identified.

Professional Procurement Tools

By integrating seamlessly with Candy estimating software, the company has direct access to resource budgets against which their reacquisitions can be generated.

For Murray & Dickson Construction, BuildSmart is a ‘no-brainer’ for organisations that need timely and accurate financial reporting, exceptional cash flow management, and the support of a company ready to grow with them to ensure the success of their business.