As a professional ‘temporary construction department’ we support you for the duration of a project, undertaking tasks that can be delegated. Our experience and competence protect you from unpleasant surprises.
During phase zero – that is, before the start of planning – we establish a project strategy customized to your situation. We clarify important issues such as the type of project organization, whether to use individual contract awards or a general contractor, sustainability principles to be applied, and functional, architectural and economic aspirations for the project.
When project controlling is commissioned, the principal is intimately involved in project management. The principal can call on professional support for monitoring throughout the process or continuous controlling of schedules and costs, and, in some cases, quality too.
Project control services offer the client the benefit both of professional support in key areas such as schedule, costs and quality as well as in organization, with the client retaining the project management role.
In the case of project management, Drees & Sommer assumes the principal’s managerial role with regard to project participants. Generally, the principal transfers all of the principal’s delegable functions. This approach is mostly used for more complex projects or by principals who do not have the necessary management know-how or sufficient capacity.
Lean construction management transfers the successful Lean Management approach to construction projects and building sites. A focus on procedures, processes and information and materials logistics results in these being both stabilized and accelerated.
An increasing number of principals only want one contact person across all phases of the project. They see this ‘one-stop shopping’ principle not as a conflict of interests, but as providing the benefit of clear responsibility in a way that avoids interfaces and increases quality. These requirements are met by general construction management through the early involvement of all specialist planners – and possibly even the architect. The general construction manager (GCM) undertakes all general technology planning from the initial concept to execution planning either by the GCM or by a cooperation partner with the GCM bearing responsibility. This management model requires a high level of mutual trust.
Professional project communication and data management are essential for swift, safe and secure project execution. While there is a good range of software available on the market for scheduling, we have developed separate applications for communication, information sharing, cost control, contract management and process visualization – all designed for the control of large and complex projects.
Construction projects always impact upon us and our environment. For many people, the first direct – and generally negative – experience of a construction project comes in the form of traffic jams, dirt, contamination or noise. Our communication consulting and construction site marketing services address the increased demand for information. Only a project with a positive public image can avoid delays in the construction process, thus saving both time and money.