CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

Madinah can offer Construction Engineering and Management services specifically to match client requirements. The specific services to be provided by Madinah would be defined in the initial client consultation. The construction engineering and management services offered by Madinah include the following generic services:

Project Budgets

The Project Budget states the anticipated financial commitment of the client to meet all costs, expenses, and fees (including compulsory taxes and Municipality charges) and other outgoings required to complete the project. It will also normally include a contingency sum to cover minor discrepancies and changes as the project becomes more defined. Detailed Project Budget thresholds will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

Project Cost Control

The Project Budget must be managed to provide the client with relevant and current data on the expenditure of the project budget and to provide clarity on the payments that become due during project execution. The sophistication of this Project Cost Control will be varied dependent on specific client requirements and the size and complexity of the project. Detailed Project Cost Control mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

Contracts and Procurement Selection

The size, scale and cost of construction projects vary greatly. To cope with these vast differences, a range of standardised and internationally recognised construction contracts are available for selection. The selection of a specific Form of Contract is important in defining the client’s and contractor’s obligations as defined by national law. The sophistication of the selected contract will be varied dependent on specific client requirements and the size and complexity of the project. Detailed Contract selection mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief. There is also a variety of Procurement Selection options related to how the project will be managed during execution. Architect led management or Contractor led management (and other arrangements) are available. The sophistication of the management requirements will be varied dependent on specific client requirements and the size and complexity of the project. Detailed Procurement selection mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

Project Business Case

This develops the rationale and logic for the proposed venture. It can be formal and highly structured or informal as the circumstances require. A compelling business case gathers all of the quantitative and qualitative features that define and justify the project.

Strategic Planning

This further develops the rationale and propositions that lead the client in a particular direction. Sometimes this can be emergent: a client responding to and following changes in the market environment; or it can be a deliberate action of forecasting future changes and being a leader of the market. Leading or following market trends create different risks for the client. Detailed Strategic Planning mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

Client Brief and Scope of Works:

The Client Brief defines the expectations and requirements of the client. It specifies the mandatory features of the project as required by the client. It specifies how the success of the project will be evaluated by the client. Typically, in construction and development projects, the mandatory features are defined by the factors of: Cost; Time; Quality; Certainty. The Scope of Works defines the extent of the physical outputs of a project, i.e. A Hospital, a School, an Office Plaza, etc. The scope may define the outputs in as much detail as is required by the client to obtain authorization to proceed further with the project development. For example, a 500 Bed Hospital, or a High School for 750 pupils. It may also define any items that are not included in the project. For example, a 40 Villa complex, excluding all external landscaping and paving works.

Cost Engineering and Control

During the development of the project alternative layouts and specifications of materials will be proposed. To assess the cost and ‘added value’ of these alternatives, cost comparisons and value engineering exercises can be conducted as required to provide the client with a project that matches his Client Brief. The sophistication of this cost engineering will be varied dependent on specific client requirements and the size and complexity of the project. Detailed Cost Engineering mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

Project Planning and Scheduling

The Completion Date of a project is a feature of great significance to a client. The speed of completion affects many other elements of the project and the project duration will be discussed and defined within the Client Brief. To achieve timely completion, the Scope of Works is detailed into a programme of execution for the works – typically known as the Construction Programme. The Construction Programme contains all the details of the planning associated with the execution of the works and the scheduling of all activities required to complete the project. This Programme defines when activities will take place, when materials will be delivered, etc.

Quality Management

The Quality of a project is a feature of great significance to a client. The quality level of a project affects many other elements of the project. Quality Management controls the attainment of relevant quality thresholds for a project by a series of assessments and evaluations. The degree of Project Quality Management will be discussed and defined within the Client Brief.

Stakeholder Management

Within any project a large number of parties or organisations will become associated with a project. For example, other partners and shareholders, Local Municipality Officials, etc. The Project must be managed to provide the client with relevant and current data on the status of other stakeholders, are they supporting or detracting from the project. The Project Budget and Programme can be affected by poor management of other stakeholders. The sophistication of this Stakeholder Management will be varied dependent on specific client requirements and the size and complexity of the project. Detailed Stakeholder Management mechanisms will be discussed and agreed with the client in defining the Client Brief.

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