SIP strongly believes that a road map is absolutely crucial to any project. The key to successful planning is continuous monitoring and refinement so that at any point in time a realistic plan to completion is in place.
Time management is not as it should be within the construction industry. Approximately 20 years ago SIP reassessed their projects and found that there were different standards with regards to what planning entailed and how it was implemented. It was at this point that the SIP Planning Department was established to develop programmes that were competent and an integral part of the project management process. Having a specialist planning department differentiates SIP from most of the other project management companies.
There are seven distinct types of programmes developed for any SIP project as follows:
We have specialised responsibility within the organisation to drive the
planning and programming process on our projects providing an objective,
unbiased review of the project status which is always necessary to differentiate
the "wood from the trees".
With SIP, there is constant interaction with the owner through regular management meetings where major policy decisions, evolving design and financial matters are managed.
Emphasis is placed on welding divergent parties into one team. If success can be attributed to any single factor, it is that of team work.
SIP works in close co-operation with the quantity surveyor, assisting in guiding the Owner through the minefield of decision making with up to date cost and time implications on the evolving project. Thus the Owner will not have to accept merely being confronted with historical data or with fait accomplis, but can meaningfully participate in the process of the project as it evolves.
In the early stages of tender documentation, SIP, through liaison with all consultants, invests a great deal of time and effort in order to reach consensus on methods and conditions of tender and the incorporation of special requirements particular to the project. Prequalification of tenderers is carried out prior to the tender stage to establish the contractor's suitability.