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INTRODUCTION TO AI2SA SERVICES

All Industrial control and production systems projects have two macro phases. The 1st is the Tender Process and relates to every aspect that occurs prior to 2nd phase being Implementation. Feasibility studies may occur many years ahead of possible project implementation often resulting in limited time for execution. It is commonly assumed that the client supplies process knowledge and the integrator product knowledge. What is often overlooked is the overall procedure which should align these two areas of expertise.

THE NEED FOR “UP FRONT TENDER" SERVICES

The 1st constraint the client has during this phase is a result of corporate governance and the need for a “fair tender process” this does not allow a specific integrator to scope works and quote on it. This is deemed unethical irrespective of the need for specific expertise. The 2nd constraint is when all integrators are not given the same scope making it difficult to compare tender responses. A 3rd constraint results from upfront specifications and standards not being clearly defined, resulting in scope creep. Often relevant quality specifications / contractual considerations are not specified leaving all parties exposed to risk. A 4th constraint often overlooked in the upfront process is practical specification of the approach. The 5th and final constraint is related to the tender process itself specifically a objective adjudication based on understanding not just the price but what has been excluded or the basis of assumptions. AI2SA aims to address these constraints.

THE NEED FOR “IMPLEMENTATION” SERVICES

The 1st problem experienced during this phase is due to the lack of continuity resulting in a host of problems such as re-scoping and a general misalignment to needs. The 2nd problem as a result of the nature of industrial “type” of project is that many line items, across different disciplines are to be managed to ensure the overall success of the project. A 3rd concern is compliance to upfront specifications. AI2SA aims to address these issues based not only on a thorough understanding of the nine project management functions but also industrial aspects such as technology and process. AI2SA also leverage lessons learned into future tender processes.

OTHER VALUE ADD SERVICES

Due to the fact that AI2SA stands independently and does not wish to compete with integrators it is in an ideal position to assist both clients and integrators by the provision of value add services such as business optimization, custom training or the sale of critical commissioning spares.

AI2SA Values: Confidentiality, Honesty, Simplicity, Passion, Continuous Improving, Independence.