Project Delivery Methodologies:

Project Management Consultant (PMC), is a project delivery method characterised by the engagement of a professional project management consultant to manage a team of contractors, consultants, suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve successful project outcomes, as the Owner’s appointed representative.

PMC methodology to project delivery is an Owner’s Team approach that significantly reduces overhead costs through reduced layers of management, better communication and clearer lines of responsibility. By using one set of systems and processes, this approach provides an efficient structure for managing project risks. This is of particular importance for brownfield sites and shutdown projects.

The PMC is independent from the engineering, construction and supply contractors engaged on the project and is focused on what is best for the project. This independence enables the PMC to interface with project stakeholders impartially, to ensure the Owner’s interests are always the priority.

The PMC project delivery methodology improves site safety through simplification of management and reporting structures, clear lines of responsibility and a single safety system implemented throughout the site.

Benefits of our PMC / Owner’s Team project delivery style:

  • Interface between design, construction, suppliers and other stakeholders and the Owner to remove time delaying hurdles and fast track project completion, which effectively reduces interest costs and inflation / escalation risks.
  • Our approach allows Owner flexibility to increase or decrease project scope as the design proceeds thereby retaining greater flexibility to respond to changing market or budgetary conditions.
  • The Owner also retains overall flexibility to increase or decrease the amount of Increva support it requires – the salt and pepper approach.
  • Single Point of contact for design, construction, suppliers and other stakeholders – Eliminates the need for the Owner to control multiple interfaces.
  • Our interfacing role between engineering design and construction provides the opportunity for improved quality control by direct involvement with each contractor and supplier.
  • The responsibility for maintaining and developing the relationship between the primary stakeholders to maximise quality output from all, is borne by us.
  • Our relationship role results in less confrontation between the design and construction teams and the Owner.
  • Management of both engineering and construction through our project delivery style allows maximum overlap of design and construction. The benefits of this synergy result in design that promotes efficiency gains, improvements in buildability, cuts life cycle costs and drives the earliest possible start date for the project.
  • Our facilitation promotes coordination and common purpose between the engineering design team and the construction team such that changes in scope of work can be incorporated at minimum cost and without claims for disruption of the planned execution of the works.
  • There is also scope to reduce the construction contractor’s margin for off-site overheads and profit because known risks are provided for and the consequences of unknown risks are allocated for on a shared case by case basis as they arise. Savings on margins would also occur on any approved and validated variations.
  • More competitive and viable bids for the construction phase are obtained through our preferred project delivery approach because tenderers are encouraged by the knowledge that direct payment will come from the Owner. This removes the risk associated with a head contractor’s potential for default on their obligations.
  • Owner retains unexpended project contingency sums and is responsible for only the actual cost of work completed.

Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, is a project delivery method distinguished by early collaboration between cross-functional teams through all phases of conceptualisation, design, construction and commissioning. The entire process, from concept to construction, is defined by early substantive engagement by all key stakeholders.

By embracing this approach to project delivery, teams can collaboratively harness the talents and insights of all participants to optimise project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste and maximise efficiency through all phases of project development.  

The theoretical IDP model is truly integrated, sharing and spreading responsibilities, risks and rewards among all parties. The resources industry, however, requires flexibility in the application of the IDP model to meet variable business objectives.

We embrace the intention of the IDP model through our collaborative, Client centred, proactive and responsive approach to project delivery in the resources industry.  Early engagement of a collaborative, multi-faceted team in the development of the conceptualisation, scoping and planning phase of a project enables options to be thoroughly vetted and consensus reached on project direction. We have extensive experience in facilitating this process. We have the breadth of knowledge, skill, experience and the flexibility to take on a role similar to that of project director/sponsor offering oversight and guidance, or conversely a more detailed, analytical, approach to project scoping and implementation.

We provide a bridge between the financing and technical aspects and assist in securing an optimal debt and project finance structure to fund project development. We connect the business risks perceived by finance providers and the actual technical project risks through high value adding, investigative analysis and recommendations.

Further, our approach to implementation strategy is to minimise time, cost and risks to the Client while maximising debt capacity and corporate flexibility.  We facilitate interaction, interpretation, problem solving and negotiations between the Client and key consultants including engineering consultants and contractors.

Benefits of our approach to Integrated Project Delivery (IDP):

  • Empowers the Owner through flexibility, transparency, incentivised lower project costs, better decision making, shared common goals and vision for the project.
  • Collaborative, inclusive team approach with stakeholders based on open sharing of knowledge and ideas that focuses on better decision making and a better project outcome.
  • Transparency in information flow, project costs and schedule drivers all supporting the commitment to the common project goals. No hidden agendas.
  • We give you the Owner the tools to make sound judgements that assist in transforming vision into reality, all within budget. Removal of traditional trade boundaries eliminates layers of complexity that add time and cost. Alignment of everyone’s interests allows ideas to flow freely and the challenges of decision making disappears.
  • We identify and remove any steps or overlapping processes that don’t add value. Working with us from the start eliminates barriers, enables more reliable and realistic commitments to be made, resulting in better project outcomes.

We facilitate stakeholder buy-in and sense of joint ownership. Coupled with value engineering and decision making we can realise the Owner’s vision.