We provide pre and post contract surveying services covering all aspects of cost management and control.
Our pre-contract service covers planning, programming and procurement. On a main contract, sub-contract works will make up the majority of the projected costs. Effective sub contract procurement is the biggest single opportunity to increasing the tendered margin. We explore alternative suppliers, sub-contractors, materials and construction methods. We negotiate with proposed sub-contractors and suppliers. We’re well practised in construction cost management to reduce risk and protect the margin. We adopt a fully integrated approach, combining with estimating and production staff to share information and produce an effective and cohesive team.
Our comprehensive post contract surveying service covers cash flow forecasting, cost/value reports, identification/recording and valuation of variations, recording events, interim valuations, sub-contract accounts, re-measurement, final accounts, contractual issues and claims for extensions of time and loss and expense.
By seeking to increase the value for money on a project we will often uncover benefit for both client and contractor. We aim to improve the ‘value’ of the project by reviewing the proposed materials and construction methods and offer alternatives which either equal or improve the function or reduce the cost. The client will always welcome an approach with adds value and/or reduces cost. The contractor will benefit by from added value and reduced material costs and construction time.
Planning and Programming
We carry out planning and produce programmes to monitor many different aspects of construction projects. We produce programmes for tender bids, construction purposes, monitoring progress and updating programmes, extensions of time submissions, construction disputes and cost monitoring. We identify critical paths and outline contingency planning. We have extensive experience at site level so that you can be sure that issues are dealt with logically and effectively.
We approach risk management at an early stage by identifying and isolating any risks in the tender/pre-construction documentation. This includes items which are unclear or subject to misinterpretation, inadequate, unusual or incorrect specification. We highlight and seek to clarify these items, rather than guess or assume what is required or intended. This allows us to prepare a more competitive tender with the risk understood or eliminated. At the pre-construction stage we address resources. We identify the labour, material and sub-contract resources required. If any of these are insufficient or the requirements unclear there can be risk to the programme. We identify the requirements of the project and seek to avoid, reduce, transfer or even accept potential risk based on our findings and consultation with our client.