The following outline sets out how we will generally approach the Project Management task.
The Project Management Task
We provide a resource which may not be available to the client in-house, and are able to represent the client’s interests in the effective delivery of project management services.
We do not see ourselves as replacing the Architect or any of the specialist consultants but, rather, we see our role as managing the process and, most importantly, we see ourselves as ‘standing in the client’s corner’, with no other vested interest.
This process will typically include managing the input of the various stakeholders, managing consultants during both the design and construction phases, managing the construction contractors and identifying and managing risks.
The Integrative Approach
Our approach to the project management task has been developed and refined over many years and is based on an ‘integrative approach’ in which the relationship of the key considerations of Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement – are dealt with in an integrative manner and not in isolation.
In a general sense, the scope of our commission would typically include the following services:
- Ensure that the various people involved in the project are focused on achieving the project’s common goals by providing leadership, motivation and resolving any conflicts that may arise.
- Represent the client’s interests with respect to the implementation of the project.
- Provide a central point of communications between the client, stakeholders, consultants and the contractors.
- Manage the various competing interests in design, cost, timely completion, disruption to the client’s operations and so on.
- Provide the central point of control and liaison between the client, stakeholders, the architect, specialist consultants and the contractors.
- Monitor the progress of the project including issues likely to adversely impact on cost, timely completion and quality, and facilitate solutions to any problems which might arise.
- Report on progress, cost and issues of concern.
We can assist your organization with strategic planning related to the construction of building and related assets.
Risk Analysis and Management
In a sense, project management is all about risk management - with all the other skills being the tools required to put a project together.
We approach each project from a risk management perspective.
Project Scope and Needs Analysis
Once a project is envisaged, we can assist you to quantify your needs and then define the scope required, so that it meets all of your needs without unnecessary and costly embellishments.
For major projects or where the client does not have the capability or capacity to direct a project in-house, we are able to provide a Project Director who, together with a support team of specialists, will take on all the responsibilities of delivering a project including preparation of a user needs analysis and project brief, establishing an appropriate project budget, appointment and direction of consultants, preparation of contract documentation, letting of tenders, and managing the construction process.
Project Planning and Programming
Planning is an essential ingredient to achieving a successful outcome in any project and at D G Jones we have all the necessary skills and tools such as Microsoft Project as well as a substantial accumulated knowledge of construction issues, without which, project planning and programming is a meaningless academic exercise.