SERVICES

    Our services are client focused, providing complete commercial solutions for all aspects of the engineering and construction industry.

    Commercial and Contract

    Practical advice and support throughout a project life-cycle, delivering dispute avoidance and resolution.

    Our consultancy team has a sharp commercial focus, ensuring that our dual-qualified staff deliver results that add value beyond client expectations.

    • Procurement
    • Contract Administration
    • Commercial Strategies

    Having a clear contractual and commercial strategy for managing the work and risks is essential to the successful delivery of a project. Driver Group are experts in this field, ensuring appropriate contract provisions and processes to be part of our core skill set.

    Risk and Value Management

    Our services deliver risk analysis, and risk management systems, prior to the commencement of a contract and during the construction phase. Linked to an active value management process, this enables Driver Group to support our clients in ensuring that construction spend is delivered in the right place, at the right time, to achieve the required results.

    • Change Control
    • Dispute Avoidance

    Utilising our extensive dispute resolution knowledge, Driver Group provides pre-contract services that can minimise the number, and size, of disputes on a contract and ensure that parties to a contract fully understand their risks and obligations.

    Preparation, Defence and Negotiation of Claims

    Many construction claims are complex and require an in-depth understanding of the contract documents, contract legal context, and factual matrix. Our thorough understanding of these ingredients establishes a robust and effective claims submission. As part of Driver Trett’s core skill set, this knowledge is invaluable in the defence and negotiation of a claim.

    Training and Workshops

    Driver Group are able to add value to our clients businesses by providing a wide range of training programmes for construction and engineering staff of all levels and abilities. More details of our current range of seminars and other training materials are available on request.

    Feasibility Studies

    Driver Group can assist clients in drafting business cases and feasibility documents on a wide range of engineering and construction projects worldwide. Our consultants understand how to deliver robust business case submissions in challenging environments.

    Design Management

    The effective control and management of the design phase of any project is pivotal to the project’s successful delivery on time and on budget. Omissions in this phase can cause serious problems and overspend in the build phase. Driver Group offer a detailed, hands-on, approach to managing the design process across a broad spectrum of projects. We deliver timely, detailed information alongside added value management.

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Delay Analysis

    Full range planning and scheduling services from project inception through to completion.

    Driver Group recognises the central role played by planning and scheduling in the project management of capital projects. Our planning specialists are drawn from diverse backgrounds across construction and related industries. They employ a wide variety of techniques and are conversant with all leading software.

    Our team provide support and monitoring of projects from inception through to completion, and post contract. We offer project audits, providing independent monitoring and reporting; together with feasibility audits, for the purposes of funding and economic evaluation.

    Drawing on their industry wide expertise, our consultants provide robust delay and schedule analysis for prospective, and retrospective, extension of time entitlements and for the analysis of delay, acceleration, disruption, and loss of productivity.

    Our techniques include:

    • Programme evaluation and review techniques (PERT)
    • Critical path analysis
    • S curves
    • Time location diagrams
    • Line of balance
    • Earned value analysis
    • Time impact analysis / Windows analysis / As built vs as planned / As built but for analysis
    • Monte Carlo simulation
    • Dispute resolution

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Dispute Resolution

    Supporting our clients throughout the process of dispute resolution.

    On even the most well managed projects, disputes arise between the parties to the contract. Driver Group offers worldwide support in dispute management and resolution, as well as assisting clients in the assessment of risk and avoidance of disputes. We work closely with legal practices involved in engineering and construction litigation.

    Engineering and construction disputes are usually concerned with time and/or cost overruns and may involve the owner, developer, contractor, sub-contractor, and suppliers depending on the contractual matrix. Driver delivers dispute solutions whether under formal legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This support covers analysis of commercial, planning and scheduling, project management, and technical issues.

    Claims

    Preparation, defence, or negotiation of claims for extension of time, loss and/or expense, or general damages.

    Expert Services

    Acting as expert witness – quantum, programme and schedule (cause and effect studies).

    Arbitration and Litigation

    • Acting as expert witness, providing expert reports and testimony
    • Acting as advisor in arbitration, drafting claim and response documents

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

    • Strategic advice in avoidance of disputes
    • Dispute resolution boards
    • Mediation
    • Conciliation
    • Expert determination

    Adjudication

    • We also offer a full capability in adjudication support services:
    • Management of the adjudication
    • Preparation of referral or response
    • Acting as expert witness
    • Acting as party representative
    • Advice on jurisdictional challenges
    • Acting as adjudicator

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Expert Services

    Driver have been providing expert services for nearly four decades. The Driver team has extensive expert knowledge, and for higher profile litigation and arbitration, we have our DIALES team.

    DIALES delivers uncompromised service in providing expert witness support across a wide range of sectors.

    We provide experts across the whole construction and engineering sectors, and specialise in:

    • Quantum
    • Delay analysis
    • Technical – Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Project Management etc.

    Our experts are:

    • Tried, tested, and proven
    • Regularly practice in providing expert witness services
    • Experienced in cross examination or have completed accredited training
    • A minimum of 15 years of practical industry experience

    Selecting the right expert is the most important decision to be made in the course of prosecuting or defending your case.

    If winning is important to you and your clients, speak to DIALES before deciding.

    Pre-Contract

    We offer a full range of pre-tender and measurement services for both construction and civil engineering projects. Commissions are carried out by quantity surveyors, specifically trained in these processes, and who have a wealth of experience. Both computer aided and traditional methods of measurement are used to guarantee a fast, cost-effective, and reliable self-checking service.

    With an enviable track record for delivering on time and to budget, Driver Group are committed to providing a fully integrated service throughout the life of the contract.

    Our services include:

    • Tender and bid support
    • Bill of quantities production
    • Procurement
    • Estimating
    • Cost planning

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Planning and Programming

    We offer a full range of planning services for both construction and civil engineering projects. Our planning capability spans the complete cycle from concept and feed through to detailed design and delivery, and onto the full life cycle asset management via a maintenance and shutdown regime. Commissions are carried out by project planners and lead or senior planners, across the spectrum of sectors and disciplines.

    With an enviable track record for delivering on time and to budget, Driver Group are committed to providing a fully integrated service throughout the life of the contract.

    Our services include:

    • Project planning at all levels
    • Project reporting at all levels
    • Shutdown planning
    • Portfolio planning and programme planning
    • Programme progress reporting, validation, update, and recovery
    • Programme analysis

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Project management content

    Driver Group has an established track record of successful delivery of projects in public and private sectors. The key to our success is our ability to carefully match the three pillars of project management – time, cost and quality – to individual customer requirements in terms of programme, value for money and design aspiration.

    The role of project management is to deliver projects through the effective management of all briefing, design, cost, programme, procurement and construction processes. We adopt a planned, organised and controlled approach to project management, to deliver successful construction projects.

    Efficient project management stems from two essential qualities: communication and organisation. Our project managers are chosen for their ability to combine both, using personal, technical and professional skills to respond to every aspect of project delivery.

    The Project Manager shall have overall responsibility to ensure that the project is delivered on time and within budget, they will also remain accountable for the project progress and delivery. Our approach allows us to control and deliver projects to cost and on programme, minimising risk, whilst maintaining safety, achieving quality and maximising investment returns. This expertise spans all phases of project development, from front-end development appraisal, feasibility and conceptual studies, as well as managing the detailed design, construction and commissioning stages.

    Programme Management

    Our planning specialists are drawn from diverse backgrounds across construction and related industries.

    • Preparation of contract or master programmes;
    • Preparation and review of tender programmes;
    • Review and discussion of contract and master programmes through to acceptance;
    • Setting up progress and programme monitoring systems;
    • Programme monitoring and updating;
    • Analysing and reporting on effects of events on progress and completion; and
    • Preparation of recovery, mitigation and acceleration programmes.

    Cost Management

    Driver believes it is essential that all parties who have an influence on the cost of the projects participate in regular reviews to ensure that cost targets are met, and that financial risks are recognised and managed as well as correctly assigned for ownership.

    The Driver project manager, with assistance from the quantity surveying team, will ensure that all stakeholders buy-in to the process which records changes to scope on design principles, the reasons for the change and the authority to accept and sign off this change.

    Communications play their part in disseminating information on cost and the project management team will report the developing cost plan in regular monthly reports. These reports will include the initial cost plan, authorised variations and changes and financial risks, together with forecast and spread of spend.

    Documentation

    Driver will seek to implement a rigorous document control procedure to ensure that those personnel requiring access to project documents will have the most up-to-date revisions and are aware of the document control process.

    The procedures adopted on any project are in compliance with our quality management system and relevant international standards.  The Project Manager will be responsible for reviewing all contract documentation and assessing any further information required to complete the project.
    The procedures and methodology will be project specific according to the Client’s organisational requirements and Consultants already appointed.

    Procurement

    The selection of the Contractor is a critical element of any project, taking into account technical expertise, available resource and senior personnel, local reputation and financial strength.  We  undertake a rigorous pre-selection process to identify the right contractors to tender for each project, and subsequently carry out a robust post tender assessment to ensure the right decision is made.

    Construction and Inspection

    Contract administration is integral to our delivery of project management services, and provides our clients with a specific role in managing and administering the construction contract.
    Our project managers are highly experienced in contract administration, and this wide-ranging experience has been obtained over all sectors and clients. This gives our project managers the skills to successfully administer and deliver contracts, and to anticipate and avoid risks whilst achieving key milestones and targets. The following list is a sample of the mechanisms that can be implemented to produce a robust contract administration service:

    • General contract management
    • Management of meetings and reports
    • Financial management & certification
    • Management of variations through change control procedure
    • Programme monitoring and assessment of extensions of time
    • Pre-completion assessment and commissioning
    • Management systems for handover, defects liability and maintenance periods
    • Lessons Learned Workshops

    Quality

    Formal quality management procedures will be set out in the management plan, covering everything from submittal of samples to site inspections and completion certification.
    The Project Manager will also undertake a thorough review of the Contractor’s quality plan to ensure it is comprehensive and relevant to the proposed works, and will assist in identifying additional requirements for the plan.

    The monitoring of quality and compliance with the drawings and specification will be an ongoing activity that the Project Manager will ensure is adequately dealt with by the appropriate Consultants.

    HSE

    From the outset, the Project manager will implement robust HSE procedures and ensure a ‘zero tolerance’ stance towards any potential issues.

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Quantity Surveying

    Driver Group are able to offer clients both pre-contract and post-contract professional services.

    Pre-contract commercial and tender administration services

    Pre-contract services are essential for maintaining proper contractual, programming and financial control from the earliest stages.  This will help to avoid problems such as prejudice to tender prospects, uncertainty over contract terms, lack of identifiable intent and method statements, disparity between scope of work and price, and the unwitting acceptance of onerous terms.

    The costs for failures at pre-contract stage can be considerable.  Driver provides a broad scope of strategic management and pre-contract services including:

    • Project planning (including assistance with the presentation of tender programming and method statements)
    • Production of tender and contract documentation
    • Commercial feasibility studies and budgeting
    • Production of schedules of quantities
    • Establishing document recording systems
    • Risk assessment (analysis of documents to identify potentially onerous conditions)
    • Commercial appraisal of an enquiry or contract documentation
    • Procurement of tenders and the formulation of agreements
    • Tender assessment
    • Assistance through tender negotiations
    • Assessment of contract conditions prior to ratification to ensure proper representation of agreements made
    • Contract formation
    • Value engineering
    • Cost estimating and control

    Post-contract commercial, programme and contract administration

    Driver provides a range of services to secure tight financial and contractual control of a project by minimising costs, maximising value and controlling contractual risk.  A full and active role in the post-contract management period is designed to optimise the client’s financial and contractual position. Furthermore this can be provided at the highest level through strategic management expertise.

    Driver also provides a range of post contract commercial services including:

    • Acting as employer’s representative
    • Cost and commercial monitoring and controls
    • Establishment of reporting systems
    • Preparation of financial and contractual status reports for funders and client bodies
    • Preparation of interim payment applications and valuations
    • Valuation of variations, increased costs and dayworks
    • Measurement of work completed
    • Advising on contractual issues
    • Preparation and negotiation of final accounts
    • Financial management of subcontractors’ accounts
    • Secondment of staff for client commercial assistance

     

    Contact your local office for further details or complete our enquiry form to discover how Driver can make the difference in delivering your commercial project solutions.

    Training

    Driver Group are able to add value to our clients’ businesses by providing a wide range of training programmes for construction and engineering staff of all levels and abilities. More details of our current range of seminars and other training materials are available on request.