EPS Projects

EPS Project is an autonomous and independent
vertical of the Organization.

 

EPS Project

EPS Project is an autonomous and independent vertical of the Organization. This vertical manages the development of the new educational infrastructures and other public organizations which include Educational infrastructure, Private Infrastructure.

There is an advanced process disrupting the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry; which EPS calls future testing. The Organization allows to anticipate issues and opportunity early,so that the risk can be reduced by taking advantage of innovative ideas and to gain an edge on the competition. The major steps involve in this process are:-

  • Reduce waste and cost
  • Identify the opportunities easily
  • Learn lesson in the virtual world first
  • Apply new methods and alternatives.

How we manage our project?

 

Our construction planning

Construction planning is a fundamental and challenging activity in the management and execution of construction projects. ... For example, the extent to which sub-contractors will be used on a project is often determined during construction planning. Forming a construction plan is a highly challenging task.

Our budget of construction management

Project Management and the Comprehensive Project Budget. Project budgets, similar to resource plans, are a reflection of project work and the timing of that work.

A comprehensive budget provides management with an understanding of how funds will be utilized and expended over time for projects or operations. In project management, a schedule is a listing of a project's milestones, activities, and deliverables, usually with intended start and finish dates. A schedule is commonly used in the project planning and project portfolio management parts of project management.

A construction management should have the ability to handle some factors. The process of the same has been described below with the help of a flow chart:-

 

The functions of construction management typically include the following

  • Specifying project objectives and plans including delineation of scope, budgeting, scheduling, setting performance requirements, and selecting project participants.
  • Maximizing the resource efficiency through procurement of labor, materials and equipment.
  • Implementing various operations through proper coordination and control of planning, design, estimating, contracting and construction in the entire process.
  • Developing effective communications and mechanisms for resolving conflicts.

 

The most common responsibilities of a Construction Management fall into the following 7 categories

  • Project Management Planning
  • Cost Management
  • Time Management
  • Quality Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Safety Management, and
  • CM Professional Practice

CM professional practice includes specific activities, such as defining the responsibilities and management structure of the project management team, organizing and leading by implementing project controls, defining roles and responsibilities, developing communication protocols, and identifying elements of project design and construction likely to give rise to disputes and claims.

 

Our project stages and developing programme

Design

The design stage involves four steps: programming and feasibility, schematic design, design development, and contract documents. It is the responsibility of the design team to ensure that the design meets all building codes and regulations. It is during the design stage that the bidding process takes place.

  • Conceptual/Programming and feasibility: The needs, goals, and objectives must be determined for the building. Decisions must be made on the building size, number of rooms, how the space will be used, and who will be using the space. This must all be considered to begin the actual designing of the building. This phase is normally a written list of each room or space, the critical information about those spaces, and the approximate square footage of each area.
  • Schematic design: Schematic designs are sketches used to identify spaces, shapes, and patterns. Materials, sizes, colours, and textures must be considered in the sketches. This phase usually involves developing the floor plan, elevations, a site plan, and possibly a few details.
  • Design development (DD): This step requires research and investigation into what materials and equipment will be used as well as their cost. During this phase, the drawings are refined with information from structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineers. It also involves a more rigorous evaluation how the applicable building codes will impact the project.
  • Contract documents (CDs): Contract documents are the final drawings and specifications of the construction project. They are used by contractors to determine their bid while builders use them for the construction process. Contract documents can also be called working drawings.

 

Pre-construction Strategies

A notice to proceed is when the owner gives permission to the contractor to begin their work on the project. Our first step is to assign the project team which includes the project manager (PM), contract administrator, superintendent, and field engineer.

  • Project manager: The project manager is in charge of the project team.
  • Contract administrator: The contract administrator assists the project manager as well as the superintendent with the details of the construction contract.
  • Superintendent: It is the superintendent's job to make sure everything is on schedule including flow of materials, deliveries, and equipment. They are also in charge of coordinating on-site construction activities.
  • Field engineer: A field engineer is considered an entry-level position and is responsible for paperwork.

During the pre-construction stage, a site investigation must take place. A site investigation takes place to discover if any steps need to be implemented on the job site. This is in order to get the site ready before the actual construction begins. This also includes any unforeseen conditions such as historical artifacts or environment problems. A soil test must be done to determine if the soil is in good condition to be built upon.

Procurement Strategies

The procurement stage is when labor, materials and equipment needed to complete the project are purchased. This we done by the general contractor if the company does all their own construction work. If the contractor does not do their own work, they obtain it through subcontractors. Subcontractors are contractors who specialize in one particular aspect of the construction work such as concrete, welding, glass, or carpentry. Subcontractors are hired the same way a general contractor would be, which is through the bidding process. Purchase orders are also part of the procurement stage.

 

Construction

Our construction stage begins with a pre-construction meeting brought together by the superintendent. The pre-construction meeting is meant to make decisions dealing with work hours, material storage, quality control, and site access. The next step is to move everything onto the construction site and set it all up.

A Contractor Progress Payment Schedule is a schedule of when (according to project milestones or specified dates) contractors and suppliers will be paid for the current progress of installed work.

Progress Payments are partial payments for work completed during a portion, usually a month, during a construction period. Progress payments are made to general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers as construction projects progress. Payments are typically made on a monthly basis but could be modified to meet certain milestones. Progress payments are an important part of contract administration for the contractor. Proper preparation of the information necessary for payment processing can help the contractor financially complete the project.

Our Construction related documentation

Project meetings take place at scheduled intervals to discuss the progress on the construction site and any concerns or issues. The discussion and any decisions made at the meeting must be documented.

Diaries, logs, and daily field reports keep track of the daily activities on a job site each day.

  • Diaries: Each member of the project team is suggestedd to keep a project diary. The diary contains summaries of the day's events in the member's own words. They are used to keep track of any daily work activity, conversations, observations, or any other relevant information regarding the construction activities. Diaries can be referred to when disputes arise and a diary happens to contain information connected with the disagreement.
  • Logs: We use Logs to keep track of the regular activities on the job site such as phone logs, transmittal logs, delivery logs, and RFI (Request for Information) logs.
  • Daily Field Reports: Daily field reports are a more formal way of recording information on the job site. They contain information that includes the day's activities, temperature and weather conditions, delivered equipment or materials, visitors on the site, and equipment used that day.

We also keep Labor statements as they are required on a daily basis. Also list of Labor, PERT CPM are needed for labor planning to complete a project in time.

 

Our techniques to resolve disputes

Our techniques to resolve disputes involve three major steps. They are

  • Mediation: This technique Mediation uses a third party mediator to resolve any disputes. The mediator helps both disputing parties to come to a mutual agreement. This process ensures that no attorneys become involved in the dispute and is less time-consuming.
  • Minitrial: A minitrial takes more time and money than mediation. The ministerial takes place in an informal setting and involves some type of advisor or attorney that must be paid. The disputing parties may come to an agreement or the third party advisor may offer their advice. The agreement is nonbinding and can be broken.
  • Arbitration: Arbitration is the most costly and time-consuming way to resolve a dispute. Each party is represented by an attorney while witnesses and evidence are presented. Once all information is provided on the issue, the arbitrator makes a ruling which provides the final decision. The arbitrator provides the final decision on what must be done and it is a binding agreement between each of the disputing parties.
Our Design Contracts

There are three main advantages to a design-build contract

First, we motivate the construction team to work with the architect to develop a practical design. The team can find creative ways to reduce construction costs without reducing the function of the final product.

The second major advantage involves the schedule. Many projects are commissioned within a tight time frame. Under a traditional contract, construction cannot begin until after the design is finished and the project has been awarded to a bidder. In a design-build contract the contractor is established at the outset, and construction activities can proceed concurrently with the design.

The third major advantage is that the design-build contractor has an incentive to keep the combined design and construction costs within the owner's budget. If speed is important, design and construction contracts can be awarded separately; bidding takes place on preliminary plans in a not-to-exceed contract instead of a single, firm design-build contract.

The major problem with design-build contracts is an inherent conflict of interest. In a standard contract the architect works for the owner and is directly responsible to the owner. In design-build the architect works for the design-builder, not the owner, therefore the design-builder may make design and construction decisions that benefit the design-builder, but that do not benefit the owner. During construction, the architect normally acts as the owner's representative. This includes reviewing the builder's work and ensuring that the products and methods meet specifications and codes. The architect's role is compromised when the architect works for the design-builder and not for the owner directly. Thus, the owner may get a building that is over-designed to increase profits for the design-builder, or a building built with lesser-quality products to maximize profits.