Involving Experts at the Planning Stages Prevents Problems Later

Date posted: February 16, 2017

Building any kind of pipeline is a venture that requires professional and technical skill, experience, knowledge and expertise. Concept drawings, technical specifications, budgets, environmental and other approvals, materials, equipment and personnel are just some of the processes required before any physical work begins. When the pipeline is one that delivers gas or water across remote, difficult and varied terrain, any mistakes will be costly.

Consultation with Stakeholders Smooths the Way

At every junction of the project, consultation with stakeholders is critical to exchange technical information, report on progress, anticipate problems and find solutions. These consultations may take place in office buildings or on site, between engineering experts, experienced trades and machine operators, or, in the areas we traverse, the land owners.

We have faced these situations many times over the years as providers of specialist installation services to our clients. Reay Services GroupĀ has a hard-won reputation for bringing in pipeline installation projects on time, within budget, and with minimal disruption to stakeholders and others. Our ability to consult constructively with our clients before the project begins is essential to our success.

Early Planning Processes Critical to Long-term Success

The involvement of technical and engineering experts starts at the beginning and continues throughout the life of any pipeline project. In the planning stages, issues such as scale, timing, materials, cost, safety, supervision, environmental impacts and others are usually discussed in broad terms. Then processes are designed to address them in detail and these processes become part of the ongoing operations.

Initial Consultation Allows Early Changes to be Made

Early consultation is critical to securing the outcomes expected of any project. We acknowledge that as the number of people involved in this process increases, the more complex it can become. However, this is no excuse for abandoning free-flowing discussion and exchange of ideas. It is in these early stages that technical changes can be incorporated into specifications without the costly re-work of on-site variations.

Modern Communication Methods Support Consultation

The consultation process itself can be managed. Current communication technology supports remote conferencing and other methods to connect, without everyone being physically present. As a company with employees and contractors working remotely on most of our projects, we need the ability to consult with others in our industry to get the best outcomes for our clients.

Good Early Decisions Makes Project Management Easier

The protocols for initial consultation are industry-wide and an established part of project management. In pipeline work, for example, the lead time between ordering the right piping materials and their availability on site can be considerable. Getting these types of issues right at the initial consultation phase is critical to us as contractors being able to deliver a completed project for our clients.