Design effectiveness has a huge impact on addressing costs in construction work. Recent statistics point out that:
- 30% of construction work is repeated;
- 40% of projects are late or over budget;
- mistakes in planning lead to repetitive work processes accounting for 15% of total project cost;
- 40% of the manpower used on construction sites can be wasted.
Best international practices to prevent these problems are based on a simple principle: “separate the design phase from the construction phase and introduce the design assessment between them two”.
Many European countries introduced “by law” the design assessment in infrastructure projects as a pre-requisite to construction. According to ASACERT’s experience in Europe, design assessment may result in relevant cost saving and reduced delay.
ASACERT provides design verification and assessment in each stage of the design process
- Preliminary design;
- Final draft design
- Executive design.
These services can be provided in an effective way through explicit control plans. Such control plans depend on the type of project, work-items and services. It is important to stress that any Control Plan is subject to the approval of the Client from the onset. This has been ASACERT persistent principle. Based on control plans, ASACERT performs design verification and assessment services focused on the following issues:
- design process assessment;
- design compliance with the customer’s requirement
- design compliance with applicable codes and standards;
- design and drawing completion;
- structural calculations’ verification;
- electrical equipment completion;
- construction quality plan assessment;
- safety and environmental plan assessment.
ASACERT provides customers with:
a) systematic reporting throughout the design process;
b) inspection certificate attesting the results of the assessment.
ASACERT’s design verification and assessment service, allows customers to:
- reduce overall construction time and costs;
- increase the integrity of project feasibility reports;
- minimise risks related to compliance with codes, standards and contractual requirements;
- reduce design modifications (and related additional costs and delays) during the construction phase;
- reduce the risk of delays in the construction phase due to incomplete or incorrect plans;
- prevent unexpected costs during the construction phase;
- improve the effectiveness of quality, safety and environmental plans;
- reduce litigation and claims with contractors;
- improve the reliability of the time schedule.