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The Importance of Engineer-Led Construction Management

The process of planning and engineering complex generation, transmission, and distribution projects successfully takes experience.  Are you confident construction management components were integrated and aligned with the engineering design and owner’s vision?

Large projects require a dedicated team focused on managing the construction sequence.  Many project owners have internal resources that handle these tasks for smaller projects or outsource the tasks to the contractor on a project by project basis.  When speaking to the scale of large projects, we need to start thinking about timely reporting, tracking, coordination, and documentation for successful execution.  The following are examples of Construction Management that should be considered for major projects:

  • Facilitate the documentation of material, engineering documents, and construction workmanship items that need to be verified for the Engineer of Record.
  • Provide overall QA/QC plans and processes that outline the project quality assurance and documentation requirements. This typically includes vendor qualification, material quality assurance testing, a source inspection program, and an ongoing communication process.
  • Develop and track a material receiving program by applying the QA/QC process early will help prevent minor deficiencies from developing into major obstacles and delays.
  • Develop, maintain, and monitor a detailed project construction schedule. Integrating various schedules to meet the needs of the owner/project demands with better financial outcomes.
  • Conduct frequent project team meetings and reports reviewing construction progress and milestone tracking.
  • Provide utility coordination for distribution line relocations, gas line encroachments, outages, and other possible items requiring mitigation measures.
  • Create GIS solutions dedicated with focus on the project details. This may include an interactive mapping system that highlights the project corridor, critically defined areas, access points, landowner agreement information, and specific environmental concerns.
  • Manage land owner negotiations. Identify and communicate with landowners effectively about access routes, construction routes, crop damage, ROW damage, potential risk areas, estimated schedule of disturbance, and other concerns they may have.

Ulteig is a multidiscipline full service engineering and consulting firm offering a wide range of services and expertise, combined with a proven track record of integrated project management.  We want to help you execute a great project by providing an excellent product at a reasonable cost.  All of the planning in the design phase won’t prevent obstacles from occurring in the construction phase.  By focusing on project interdependencies and working closely with our clients, we align and integrate multiple aspects of the project with the clients’ organizational strategic objectives and on-going operations.  As a result, Ulteig is able to drive greater efficiencies and enhanced value for our client’s project and program capital investment portfolios.

Ulteig is an employee-owned company and as owners, our highly trained specialists are passionate about solving challenging problems and helping our clients succeed, because our personal success is tied to our clients’ success.  We pride ourselves on our highly successful track record and the level of client intimacy we establish with all our clients.  We’d love to visit with you about your project, its unique requirements, and how we may be able to assist you in assuring its success.

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