MGC has developed systems for planning, project engineering, scheduling, estimating, and managing construction that help ensure our projects are delivered on time, under budget with quality built in.
Scheduling and Estimating
MGC begins the scheduling process and budget development for each project when we are issued a Notice to Proceed. MGC will use Primavera for scheduling and Hard Dollar Estimating for development of bids and Guaranteed Maximum Prices (GMP).
One of our main project goals will be schedule adherence. MGC will discuss scheduling goals with each of the Stakeholders and generate a preliminary project schedule with for review and comments by the Stakeholders. MGC will utilize Primavera scheduling software to clearly show the relationships between all work items. If required, the schedule can be cost and resource loaded—thus showing projected cash flow requirements and resource planning information. MGC will use these valuable tools to manage the project in a proactive manner and drive the project to its scheduled completion.
Projects can experience unplanned delays such as force majeure events and unforeseen weather conditions. These schedule risks will be managed and mitigated by inserting an appropriate amount of float into the schedule. Our extensive construction experience gives us the foresight to understand where schedule risks need to be offset with time.
Field Construction Management:
MGC has created an in-house proprietary system for managing construction projects that consists of tools to manage the schedule, requests for information, submittals, shop drawings, payment applications, change orders and operations and maintenance manuals. This is a robust system built around Primavera, Hard Dollar and Sage Timberline project management software—output from these programs is clear and easily presented at project meetings. Examples of issues given attention in the field are:
- MOPO (maintenance of plant operations) development and communications with involved parties
- Identification of areas where additional safety precautions may need to be applied
- Set up of early procurement and possibly develop storage parameters for early delivery of equipment—believe it or not, some items are often delivered early and require protected storage.
- Development of traffic plans that are sensitive to specific neighborhood events and event schedules
Start-up, Commissioning and Closeout
Project completion consists of five elements: Startup, Punchlist, Training, Commissioning, and Closeout. Completion is how people remember projects, so MGC works especially hard to ensure the project completion is successful.
MGC performs the first three tasks in parallel to accelerate the project and reduce duration and costs. Punchlist work begins during construction, thus insuring that remedial work is kept to a minimum.
Training proceeds at a rate that operations staff can absorb, multiple sessions are often required. This is a busy time and the lines of communications developed earlier serve to get the project ready for beneficial occupancy in a timely and claim free fashion. The payoff is seeing the project perform in the manner that was intended!
The last step of a construction project is closeout. This involves closing out contracts including all lien releases, submitting any permitting agency required documentation and closing out all permits. MGC wants all of our projects to end crisply so that the entire project team can enjoy the memory of a job well done.