Leveraging Innovation to Meet P3 Schedule Challenges
One of the most notable challenges associated with P3 delivery is the very stringent schedule requirement. The project team must commit to a budget and schedule during the design phase without having completed the full design. The schedule is usually very demanding, so it’s crucial that Entuitive finishes its design as soon as possible so that the contractor team can start planning procurement and logistics. Another key difference in the design process is the concurrent delivery of all scopes; our Entuitive teams work concurrently with the architect and other trades in a more collaborative, dynamic design process.
So here’s the question: what do you get when you combine a firm committed to Uncompromising Performance with a delivery model that changes how we perform? The answer: we use innovation to change how we work. We examine our workflows holistically to identify pinch points in the process, and we work together to implement new systems that alleviate those pinch points.
That’s the Entuitive way.
Consider the innovations deployed on the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital P3 project. Our team identified a big bottleneck in the manual data transfer process between our designer and BIM technologist for the design of columns. The combined team leveraged Entuitive’s One Company philosophy to work across offices and develop an automation tool that reduced the process time of this step from several hours to just a few minutes. Later in this project, the team brought in our Technology group to develop yet another automation tool that recombined information on pier forces to produce initial shear wall designs. These innovations played a key role in ensuring we could be responsive to our client’s needs, meet the tight P3 timeline, and spend more of our time solving engineering challenges than on manual data transfer and administrative work.
Now consider the development of a Site Instruction Submittal automation tool. This tool was developed for all projects, but its creation was inspired by examining the document control bottlenecks on the 550 Washington project in New York. With the new tool, the user picks the revision they want to export, and the program compiles a list of all the clouded changes and their comments to produce the report. It enables anyone to produce an accurate and complete report in a matter of minutes with minimal effort. This innovation was also used for exactly this purpose on the NAMHAF P3 project, which allowed the team to spend less time on manual paperwork and more time delivering value to our clients.
So how does Entuitive maintain this trend of using technological innovation to deliver Uncompromising Performance to our clients? The key, says one Entuitive Associate, is to look at our entire workflow from beginning to end and continually ask ourselves, how can we be better? Whether examining our design processes or our document workflows, no process is off-limits for game-changing innovations.
For more information on innovation in P3s reach out to Belinda Wong, Blaine Jansen, or Ian Trudeau.