Owner's Engineer

Challenge

Many organizations that own significant assets and infrastructure have reduced their technical service staff significantly over the past two decades, and instead rely on vendors, and EPC(m) (engineering, procurement construction management) companies to deliver new assets or upgrades. Yet projects are getting more complex, and difficult to deliver with higher regulations, new technologies, and increased expectations. Vendors and EPC(m) companies can take very little risk, as they have no assets except their knowledge workforce. Owner’s always end up with any consequences from projects that don’t meet expectations or come in over budget or late in schedule – and unfortunately that is about 70% of them.

Insight

There are certain engineering tasks an Owner must do for a successful project, as transferring these tasks to a EPC(m) company too often creates a problematic project. A good project requires a good feasibility study, a good RFP, and solid engineering analysis that can inform key decision making – and to do these well requires engineers that are on the Owner’s team and can take the Owner’s long term perspective. ECP(m) contracts are often fixed scope, fixed bid, and when there are the inevitable problems, the tendency is to not do enough engineering. The Owner’s engineer can supplement the Owner’s team to ensure that enough engineering is done both at the “fuzzy front end” and during the detailed design phase of the project.

Our services

  • Independent Expert Engineer representing the Owner
  • Technology Assessment / Selection
  • Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) Commercial Technical Specification and Bid Assistance
  • Division of Responsibilities
  • Contract negotiations support
  • Develop Project Plan
  • Identify and quantify project risks and develop a risk mitigation plan
  • Design Reviews, Audits
  • Quality Assurance / Vendor Oversight
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