Spire was engaged by Samsung Engineering to conduct a market analysis for a hydrocarbon engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project execution in the Texas and Louisiana markets and to provide guidance on a variety of issues related to the execution. The analysis included the assessment of current economic conditions in the construction industry and hydrocarbon market, research into a variety of governmental regulations and permitting requirements, and a review of current industry best practices for safety, change management, and dispute resolution.

Spire’s scope of work included providing a general outlook for construction in the hydrocarbon industry over the next three years; analyzing issues related to the cost and availability of labor in various disciplines, including impacts of unionized labor; assessing the current cost and availability of local materials as well as their projected escalation rates over the next several years; providing information on relevant governmental environmental regulations and permitting requirements for project execution, including air quality, water quality, and sanitary sewage disposal; reporting on the construction permitting processes for industrial projects in several representative counties in Texas and Louisiana; documenting regulations and restrictions in the United States for bringing in foreign workers; and providing guidance on best practices for safety, change management, dispute avoidance, and alternative dispute resolution.

Spire’s project controls experts bring a comprehensive suite of skills and extensive field experience to the job site. We help project teams and management determine how far a project has progressed at any given time regarding schedule, cost, productivity, and risk and compare against contractual expectations, scope, performance criteria, and milestones. Controls can be applied to all phases of a project, from preconstruction to closeout.

Here are just some of the services our construction project controls consultants can bring to your next project:

Project controls are essential to keep complex construction projects on budget and on time. They help teams and stakeholders identify emerging risks early, before they become expensive, time-consuming problems. With advance warning, these issues can be mitigated or avoided altogether. Project controls also give leadership the data they need to set realistic expectations, manage subcontractors, and plan with confidence.

During the course of a project, program and project managers use controls to monitor time and cost expenditures and compare them to project lifecycle forecasts. They also rely on them to coordinate onsite execution with the milestones established during the design, procurement, entitlement, and pre-construction stages.