Many factors come into play when Owners and Primes determine the delivery models to be used for the deployment of infrastructure networks:
- Scope and Scale (financial, geographic, duration)
- Historic Models
- Market Environment
- Contractor Capability, Capacity and Maturity
- Commercial/Risk Considerations
- And more…
Regardless of delivery model however, the fundamentals remain the same when considering the right project management solution…
- The work needs to be scoped from the design.
- The work then needs to be awarded to capable resources.
- The progress of the work will be monitored by multiple Stakeholders.
- The work on the ground needs to be managed day to day.
Different delivery models are sometimes referred to as “Hands Off” , “Light Touch” or “Heavy Touch” based on a number of considerations:
Delivery model decisions don’t change the fundamental phases of the deployment lifecycle but do affect who and how the phases will be project managed, for example:
- Prime Design & Construct approach?
- Owner Design & Prime Construct Approach?
- Contractually mandated processes or not?
Work@Scale provides innovative project management solutions for Owners, Primes and Contractors for the deployment of infrastructure networks.
Work@Scale offers flexible modular solutions for different delivery models to provide a common platform to consistently plan, manage, automate and optimise network deployment. The fundamental phases of the deployment lifecycle map to the Work@Scale solution modules – Blueprint, Allocate, Control and Release.
The desired levels of consistency, automation and optimisation will vary depending on the solution choice. Also the results achievable and the certainty of achieving these results for Owners, Primes and Contractors will vary depending on the solution choice, particularly whether the use of the solution is mandated or optional. Examples of solution options are described here.
For each Work@Scale solution option, Owners, Primes and Contractors utilise different Work@Scale modules with different responsibilities to align with the selected Delivery model.
SOLUTION EXAMPLE 1: OWNER DESIGN|PRIME CONSTRUCT
Consider the example of a large network deployment by a Owner/Prime utilising multiple Prime/Contractors over multiple geographic regions. Let’s say the Owner has decided to Design the network and adopt a Construct only approach with multiple Primes. The Owner also takes the decision to utilise the Work@Scale PRIME MONITOR Solution. The Owner will SCOPE, AWARD and MONITOR the work utilising Work@Scale Blueprint, Allocate and Control. The Primes will manage the work as they see fit but are required to provide regular updates on the progress of the works to the Owner via Work@Scale Control, at the Blueprint level of detail.
Here the Owner has decided to implement a LIGHT TOUCH, MANDATED innovative project management approach to ensure a consistent, automated, geospatial, work package management solution across the 5 Primes. This is illustrated in the chart below.
SOLUTION EXAMPLE 2: PRIME DESIGN & CONSTRUCT
Consider another example of a large network deployment by an Owner/Primes utilising Primes/Contractors over multiple geographic regions. The Owner has decided to adopt a fully outsourced Design & Construct approach with multiple Primes. The Owner here takes the decision to provide the Primes access to the Work@Scale CONTRACTOR MANAGE OPTIONAL Solution. The Owner will monitor the work using Work@Scale Control. The Primes are required to SCOPE their work using Work@Scale Blueprint and are encouraged but not mandated to utilise Work@Scale Allocate and Release to MANAGE their works. Primes are required to provide regular updates on the progress of the works to the Owner via Work@Scale Control, at the Blueprint level of detail.
Here the Owner has decided to implement a slightly different LIGHT TOUCH, MANDATED approach to Example 1 to ensure consistent, automated, geospatial, work package management across the 5 Primes/Contractors deployments AND also to encourage optimisation of the deployment day to day by the Primes (3 out of 5 have chosen to do so). This is illustrated in the chart below.
As noted, many factors come into play when Owners and Primes decide what delivery model will be used for the deployment of infrastructure networks. Selecting the right innovative project management solution is another important decision that needs to be made.