Construction projects involve a great deal of time and capital, so effective construction management skills are required if the projects are to be completed within the established timeline to meet cost limitations and quality requirements. In the construction industry, staying cost-effective and competitive means that companies must have core competencies for coordinating the job sites, controlling costs, and managing risk at their construction sites.
SVM provides the oversight required to deliver your projects on time and to your expected standard of quality, scope, and function. We understand the challenges that owners, contractors, engineers, and architects face throughout the construction process. To address your specific project needs and requirements, SVM provides the following construction consulting services:
Construction oversight requirements vary depending on the project’s degree of complexity, its importance, political sensitivities, citizen interest, and contractor competence. From feasibility studies to developing and maintaining project schedules and budgets to construction contracts and change order administration, SVM Consulting Group provides the necessary level of attention and oversight for your project.
SVM assesses the accuracy and completeness of construction plans and specifications and validates schedules and budgets. An effective constructability review looks for document completeness and inconsistencies, potential liability, coordination issues, and missed details. The review also identifies and eliminates ambiguities and contract language that contribute to unnecessary construction change orders, disputes, and adversarial relationships between the contractor, owner, designer, and project stakeholders.
Contract and procurement management are core services SVM provides at the onset of a project or program. Our experience includes upgrading contract documents, preparing requests for proposals, and participating in or facilitating contractor bid review and selection. We also assist in developing a contract/procurement strategy designed to capitalize on market condition advantages without compromising the overall project timetable. When these efforts occur during the early phases of a project’s life cycle, SVM’s input can add tremendous value to the project.
SVM keeps projects on schedule. We are experts in developing, evaluating, and maintaining design and construction schedules. We develop schedules during design to determine the initial schedule, project duration, and critical project activities. We create schedules to monitor activities during construction, analyze changed conditions and delays, and evaluate their impact on project completion. Post-construction, we use schedules to facilitate project closeout and analyze claims that arise.
From planning estimates and detailed design estimates to independent cost estimates and change order reviews during construction and closeout, SVM specializes in construction cost estimating. SVM’s Consultants can also perform more detailed estimates that provide owners with a range of costs and the probability of remaining below a particular cost ceiling.
Change Order Management
Resolving change order situations early minimizes costs and avoids schedule disruptions. SVM develops and manages the change order process for owners, contractors, and subcontractors, including labour rate compliance, change order metrics and contract entitlement.