Investment in construction education and literacy is key in developing a long-term strategy to better equip our current workforce and next generations with the knowledge to meet future demands on our industry. As our boomer generation retires a brain drain is taking affect across the industry where knowledge is lost. This is not only impacting how we approach our work but has a significant impact on how we drive efficiency in delivery. As global and local demands on industry increase so does the demand for knowledge to solve existing challenges and the demand for developing new solutions to meet new demands.
V-SQUARED have developed several targeted educational sessions to help our industry better understand each other and the risks we face. These sessions focus on the fundamental makeup of our ecosystem, the way it is structured and functions today, and what we may be able to do as one to change the way we work.
These sessions could be delivered in a large setting including one or more members of the system or could be condensed to address specific areas of knowledge depending on the target audience and the needs for development.
Construction infrastructure projects are complex and influenced by a variety of factors, often internal and external to the organization and the project team. External pressures, project delivery options and project alignment requirements change frequently and is difficult to remain current. Planning for project success based on current conditions and industry trends is crucial in determining a successful outcome and a brought knowledge set is required to process, assemble and present a project plan that will deliver on a fully understood, sustainable and clearly defined vision.
As a highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable project partner with a brought reach into the construction ecosystem, we can advise and lead a strategic project planning process on behalf of our clients that will significant increase the probability of success for a project vision from day one.
Our “Best Projects” approach will lead the team through a specific, systematic process of questions to develop a clear objective driven through a rigorous gated decision matrix that will enforce discipline and focus to establish an alignment of the project with all organizational and environmental constraints.
Our advisory services consist of the following:
V-SQUARED Consulting maintains a strong skillset and knowledge base in the delivery of Construction Management Services. We offer these services only on a case by case basis where unbiased Construction Management Services are required prior to the engagement of a Construction Partner or Construction Manager or where procurement constraints may limit construction knowledge engagement during early stages of a project.
Our team is highly skilled and experienced in this area and could provide traditional Construction Management Services as defined by Schedule A1 of the CCDC5B agreement. These services include, but are not limited to:
V-SQUARED Consulting has extensive experience in the evaluation, development and implementation of internal organizational Project Management (PMO) and Construction Management (CMO) offices with associated cultures, structures, policies, procedures and processes. Our experience in project delivery systems, processes and tools development for PMO and CMO offices spans numerous industries and extend over more than 15 years.
Our Organizational Project Development service is a unique offering that allows our team to complete a non-biased, external review of an organizations project delivery culture, knowledgebase, policies and systems. We have developed a structured approach to the review and categorization of project organizations and can implement a range of tools to make ongoing adjustments without impacting existing business functions. These tools could be simple development and education tools to elevate the level of existing resources or more advanced with complete process and structural redevelopment that will fundamentally change how project success will be achieved.
At V-SQUARED Consulting we believe Value Management is one of the most powerful tools we can utilize to plan, develop, align and deliver projects more successfully. We developed a fully integrated Value Management system and imbedded it throughout our traditional service offerings to fully align project constraints with project objectives and to continuously improve value throughout the project and ensure project success. To us, Value Management is as much a culture as it is a skillset or a knowledge set, however, we believe all three must be present to achieve success in this area.
Introduced throughout our “Best Projects” methodology, Value Management is a continues process focused on delivering value for money to our clients and ultimately to the entire team. Creating a culture of trust, common language and collaboration in the project allows us to create efficiency and find better solutions to achieve project functions and objectives. Efficiency and value through the ecosystem create value not only to the project, but to each project partner. Success for all partners generates trust and trust resolve many of the root cause issues of project failure today.
Our risk management service offering is a holistic and all-encompassing risk service initiated during our Advisory Services phase. This information is processed, refined, detailed and proactively managed throughout project delivery. Risk in construction is represented in each decision we make for the project and both experience and knowledge is required to process these decisions and to advice the project team on possible risk and opportunity in each as well as their overall impact to the project risk profile.
Our best defense against risk is knowledge and this knowledge should be applied from the earliest stage of each project. Our multidiscipline experience and vast background allow us to lead our teams through an extensive risk process at each phase of the project. It allows us to guide project decisions based on known outcomes with a reasonable understanding of risk and how it may change based on the decision. Risks and opportunities are investigated and evaluated at each step of our “Best Projects” approach and forms part of our decision process at each stage as we proceed through planning, procurement, design and construction.
Our project Delivery Services are an extension of our project advisory services to ensure consistent and intentional leadership through the design and construction delivery phases of the vision we developed.
Purposeful, engaged, collaborative and knowledgeable leadership creates trust in project delivery and drives a culture where a team support each other to be successful, to remove barriers and find creative solutions.
As hands on constructors, project costing, change management and risk managers we do not sit on the sideline, we are actively engaged each day to ensure the entire project team is held accountable to project delivery objectives. We create a culture of trust in our teams and are actively involved in the details for design and delivery to ensure complete project alignment as per our “Best Projects” delivery system.
Our project progress and reporting tools are complex and provide instant feedback to the team on key performing indicators to ensure rapid response to purposeful corrective actions.
Our innovative thinking and collaborative industry partnership approach is known to significantly increase efficiencies is design and construction and help our teams better manage risk and limit negative impact on the project due to unforeseen issues.
From design to project handover, our project delivery services will ensure your project is designed and constructed efficiently, sustainably and within project constraints, meeting all project objectives.
Our"Best Projects” philosophy extends well beyond capital project investment and includes a holistic view on project planning, development, construction, operational efficiency and energy management. A complete understanding and advanced knowledge of these areas and the synergies between them allow us to develop advanced designs for sustainable building services to deliver healthy, energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.
As this area is becoming a major value driver for many client groups, we incorporate this as part of discovery during our value management process. Knowledge in this area is limited and still highly fluent so we will provide industry leading knowledge from across Canada as part of our team to facilitate these discussions and explorations to ensure we maximize our early stage efforts to influence long term impact.
V-SQUARED offer these advisory services though collaboration with external partnerships.
Innovation at V-SQUARED is not only our passion, it is in our DNA. We strive to challenge all aspects of our project delivery cycle, from business case development to final project closeout and operations to find solutions to be Better, Faster, More Efficient and Cost Effective.
The V-SQUARED team is actively engaged in many leading-edge construction research and innovation initiatives across Canada. As a leader in the Norther Alberta Institute of Technology’s, Center for Construction Innovation we not only practice innovation we are actively engaged in forward thinking and development of new systems and technologies to better our industry.
Our teams and partners are working with institutions such as the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Calgary (UBC), University of Alberta (U of A) and the Norther Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to lead with innovation and better our industry and our impact on the environment. Initiatives include, Zero Waste, Circular Economies, Lean Construction, Modularization, Prefabrication, Smart Building systems and alternative energy.