Project Controls Services

Construction project controls consultants play a critical role in the successful execution and delivery of complex projects. As experts in project controls, our responsibilities begin from the early design stage and run through the successful completion of a project—from establishing the project budget and timeline to accurately monitoring and forecasting progress for both in order to manage risks from the start of the project to the finish.

Spire offers a unique and proactive-forensic business model. We have developed our project controls approach based on extensive claims and dispute resolution experience, which gives us a unique and in-depth understanding of what can go wrong on a project. Spire uses this knowledge to identify potential trouble spots on a project before they develop into problems and to recommend or initiate preventive action through strategic planning and controls.

Spire’s project controls experts bring a comprehensive suite of skills and extensive field experience to the job site. After establishing an accurate project budget and schedule, we help project teams determine the key areas of risk by tracking both time and cost compared against contractual expectations, scope, performance criteria, and milestones. By evaluating the productivity of the project through these key elements, we can better forecast the scope of work and key activity to ensure on-time and on-budget completion. These controls can be applied to all phases of a project from preconstruction to closeout.

Spire’s Project Controls Differentiators

  • Full Service – Spire is a full-service firm, providing proactive services in the form of project controls, project management, and construction advisory, plus forensic services in the form of dispute resolution support to clients. Our staff brings experience in project development and execution, as well as project disputes. This knowledge helps our team apply appropriate controls on a project to drive successful cost and schedule outcomes.
  • Experience – Spire’s staff supports a broad range of project types across most industries while not losing focus on the fundamentals that apply to all types of projects. It is how the fundamentals are applied to a particular project that allows for a more focused approach. And it’s the fundamentals of both time and cost that allow us to easily take the best practices (both from proactive to forensic, and vice versa) to reveal the benefit of providing the ‘full service’ approach as touched on above.
  • Quality – Spire commits to delivering the highest quality project controls support on each client engagement, resulting in a high frequency of repeat clients. For example, after providing solid project controls services to JE Dunn on an initial project, and due to our consistent quality of work, we are now supporting several of their projects. We also have many Dispute Resolution clients who have been impressed with our ability to mitigate their claims and litigation issues with our project controls knowledge, and they are now hiring us to proactively provide Project Controls during their current projects.
  • Independence – Spire is not part of a larger organization and does not provide engineering and construction services. We are truly independent and provide unbiased analysis and feedback to clients on every project. Spire offers our clients a more “personal” touch that larger organizations typically cannot give. Since Spire began 16 years ago, we are known for providing unbiased analysis and reporting on the claims we’ve supported with dispute resolution services. Our project controls team offers that same impartial and balanced service to minimize risks projects may face. 
  • Dedication – As a Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/DBE) and a certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) firm in Texas, Spire knows that small businesses bring a heightened level of dedication and attention to their work.

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

  • Initial Project Planning
  • Baseline Schedule Development
  • Schedule Oversight and Reporting
  • Schedule Analysis
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Analysis
  • Value Engineering
  • Budget Management

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 the project budget and schedule baseline to accurately forecast completion. They also rely on them to coordinate onsite execution with the milestones established during the design, procurement, entitlement and permitting, and construction and completion stages. 

Our qualified team of construction project controls consultants can set up easy-to-use dashboards to report on a project’s health, status, and salient trends. Our approach generally consists of:

  1. Planning: development of performance (cost, schedule, productivity, etc.) baselines
  2. Measurement: quantifying, forecasting, and tracking of project performance metrics
  3. Comparison: identifying and quantifying variances between the plan and periodic project performance
  4. Recommendations: determining appropriate corrective or improvement actions (if necessary)

The benefits of project controls are many. When they are put in place and used appropriately, they contribute to increased reliability and efficiency, decrease in delays and cost overruns, and fewer claims and costly litigation.  Spire is on time, on budget, and on your side.

To see how our project controls experts can help you deliver projects on-time, within budget, and reduce your risk, reach out to our experts today.

“I worked closely with Spire and was able to observe the quality of staffing, processes and work product. Spire’s performance was exceptional and beneficial. I would certainly hire them again.”

Dale Norton, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority