Integration of all aspects of construction projects need to be addressed with pre-planning, considering operational and maintenance modeling. CAD design and dry runs of the orchestration in a virtual world prior to actual execution, using simulation, can reveal issues early. These issues can be worked out prior to actual start of the project. Lesson’s learned and operational experience is key to not repeat past problems. The use of smart concepts such as modular open top (open side) construction techniques and the latest project management processes with total job control concepts is critical to the success of large and small projects. Early inclusive preparation will result in only positive response to any issues, and control with the correct contingency plans will bring your project in on schedule and on or under budget.
Power plants are presently under construction in various countries worldwide with rising expectations regarding quality, cost and schedule. Worldwide experience in large construction projects, including nuclear power plant projects, has resulted in significant advancements in construction techniques and methods. These include advances in the following areas: Integrated Project Planning and Management, Deployment Planning, Site Construction Infrastructure and Layout for Construction, Civil Works just to name a few. Another parameter that is critical to mega-projects is the overall cost, including (a) Owner’s costs, (b) direct costs of plant buildings and equipment, (c) the cost of financing and (d) the cost of skilled labor during construction. If the construction schedule can be reduced, the cost of construction will normally be lowered in regard to both the financing and the labor cost. Similarly, improvements in the efficiency of skilled labor have a significant impact on cost.
The old construction techniques or stick build processes were adopted from old construction experience. Old techniques work, however they are better suited to small projects. An evaluation of how smart techniques can help in projects over $500,000.00 US and can save tremendous amounts if implemented correctly. Considerable development and improvements have been achieved using smart construction techniques. The development was primarily driven by the need to achieve optimized construction schedules while simultaneously meeting stringent regulatory requirements and achieving high quality. To achieve competitive costs, it is important that the construction be carried out with a optimized schedule using efficient construction labor, and materials resources. Many things need to be considered at early as possible in the project life cycle. GNA can help you put together a comprehensive plan that will help with an informed decision making process, optimizing, saving time, money, and resources. Where complex infrastructure or equipment is used, specifications can be created to make sure your Builder or Original Equipment Manufacturer does not recreate issues that have been previously addressed in past projects.