The size of our organisation makes it easy to solve work overloads during a project. There are almost no aspects in which we constitute a bottleneck. The communal and internal approval procedures are usually the ones that determine planning in organisations.
For operations to progress successfully, it is essential that all involved parties are informed at all times. Working with BIM enables us to keep track of the process in every stage and check that all information promptly gets to the parties involved, making sure no decision points are overlooked. That way, the architect and other parties involved can get their work done on time.
When we identify problems like this, we immediately indicate where these problems occur exactly, what the consequences are and how they can be solved. We are used to staying ahead of the schedule and using LEAN to collectively plan all activities. This LEAN approach is mainly based on the involvement we as structural engineers have with other parties, like advisers, builders, architects and installers. By proactively dealing with the material, we are able to prevent planning problems well before they actually arise. Planning agreements are kept in the digital project plan, so that all parties involved are always up to date on all planning agreements.
Structural engineers are traditionally taught to follow orders. But in recent times, meeting schedules has become so important in making agreements with tenants and investors and in estimating the financial risks of a project that we aim to constantly guide others in the preparatory stages and execution.
In projects, we are rarely confronted with preliminary and final designs that can be built from approved floor plans. That is the result of increasingly shorter preparatory stages. It’s a product of our time which we anticipate in our operations. We are able to meet these wishes due to the size of our agency, the flexible attitude of our staff and the knowledge of the partners in our team. We are completely aware that meeting a schedule in the preparatory stages and during construction are of integral importance for the success of a project.