Our learnings around the design, supply and installation of screw piles
Sunday, 10 September 2017
THE BENEFITS OF COLLABORATING WITH KEY SUBCONTRACTORS (GOOD STORY)
this question honestly…..
Do you regularly take the
cheapest tender/subcontract price, and hope that you can manage your way
through the risk?
temptation is always to take the cheapest price – then roll the dice and back
yourself.Is this a good idea when
dealing with foundations and ground risk? Where there are so many variables at
play, and most of them out of your control? Once you’ve mobilised to site change becomes
very slow and very very costly!
This is can
be an even bigger risk in a tender scenario. Each tenderer is trying to lower their price to
win by tagging out of more and more risk items – effectively passing them on to
So why not involve
a trusted and reliable specialist at an Early Contractor Involvement stage?You may actually find it’s a “hedged bet” –
where they can help you identify opportunities to save you money and identify the actual risks
and putting mechanisms in place to prevent costs spiralling out skyward.
Good Story – The Opportunity
recently helped a prominent NZ Main Contractor who was engaged in an ECI
project of their own. This Main Contractor advised their Client – “We want to bring Piletech on board now – to work with your
were huge, and here is a glimpse of the key Value Adds (or Customer Value
Propositions) that Piletech have delivered through our early involvement:
Experience: It counts for something when you’ve done jobs next door, and worked
with the local designers and councils!
Design WITH an Efficient
inhouse designers understand the relationship between the geotechnical and the structural components to
optimise design, and minimise the risk.
designers work closely with our estimators to check what gives the best price,
and revise if necessary.
when to load test, and when it’s a waste of your clients’ money!
what site investigations should be done to ensure the right design is chosen.
PS1’s & PS2’s to quickly and easily navigate the consenting phase the first
and Procurement: Piletech can draw upon large pipe stocks, and manufacture off
the critical path. This means less delays,
and protection from FOREX and steel fluctuation risks.
Right Piling Solution: screw piles were not only cost effective in this
scenario, but there were an array of other factors that made us the silver
bullet.Speed of installation, noise and
vibration, minimal deliveries, no dust, no spoil (asbestos was identified),
The result: We saved their client over $100k (~20%) on their
original piling design, not to mention programme benefits and an array of
headaches removed before we’d
even set foot onsite.
It really begs the
question why you’d go and get 3 prices for “competitive tension” right before
the project is about to kick off, when you can engage the right partners in
your ECI team and end up with a cheaper price, installed more quickly with less