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"
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”
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.