As with most undertakings, the quality of inputs in the earliest stages of a project will very much dictate the level of success that can be achieved.
RVA therefore recognises that detailed research, planning and the bringing together of competent resources are all factors that will impact on the eventual project outcome. These front-end services are the foundation stones on which safe and secure projects are built.
Structural assessments and surveys
RVA’s structural experts are able to conduct thorough investigations of varied plant and structures. Survey findings typically encompass matters such as condition assessment, temporary stability advice and corrective action recommendations with costings. The outcome of such surveys may help to determine the ensuing project route.
Feasibility and option studies
By considering safety, environmental ,security, commercial and financial factors which may pose threats or offer opportunities, either in the short or long term, RVA conducts detailed studies that investigate possible approaches to projects.
RVA’s resulting bespoke documentation, complete with recommendations, provides clients with a clear and focused management tool from which informed and rational business decisions can be made.
Before embarking on any project it is important that the client has investigated all of the possible options available.
As RVA has a ‘demolition’ mindset it is likely there will be approaches to any given situation that will not even have been considered by those unfamiliar with plant decommissioning or structural demolition.
The terms ‘brain storming’, ‘optioneering’ and ‘think tank’ sessions may sound pretentious, however real gains are to be made by getting the team together and exploring all the options.
Decommissioning and isolation strategies
Drawing upon extensive planning, decontamination, dismantling, demolition and sector-specific plant knowledge, RVA is able to devise and audit bespoke decommissioning and isolation strategies for clients’ plant and structures. Delivering the plant to a ‘known’ condition whilst at the same time managing risk and avoiding unnecessary spend, are essential project components
Understandably when closing sites, clients wish to minimise cost and maximise the return on assets. There are no hard and fast rules as to what should and should not be recovered and factors such as age of plant, former process, cost of recovery, transport, re-installation, testing, market forces and commercial confidentiality/competition will all form part of the decision making procedure.
RVA will however analyse each case on its own merits, looking at both safety and commercial aspects and advising whether plant should be recovered prior to or during dismantling/demolition operations.
There are several different approaches that can be taken to provide the client with the most attractive result. From the recovery of individual items of plant, to the dismantling of entire processes for reinstallation elsewhere, RVA will devise the optimum outcome for every situation.
Budgeting and estimating
In most instances, the client needs to have a project cost indication from the outset. This information can be then used to compile sanction grade estimates, funding applications and even determine the programme and extent of a project.
RVA will not only look at the direct project costs but integrate factors such as plant resale value, scrap and credit recovery, market conditions and the possible effect of legislative changes.
Not all projects can be cash generative or even cost neutral, but RVA’s specialist expertise and commercial understanding of different options allows clients to make informed decisions and demonstrably save money in the long run.
All costing information is compiled in the strictest confidence and completely independently from the supply chain.
Concise, clear and accurately constructed tender documentation is the platform on which the success of a project relies.
Utilising wide-ranging and relevant experience, RVA formulates a comprehensive suite of specifically tailored documents for contract. These will typically comprise EHSplan (CDM preconstruction information), specification, conditions of contract, bills of quantities and forms of tender.
Clients’ specific in-house contractual clauses or conditions can also be readily incorporated into the tender package.
The most important factor in ensuring a project’s success, is getting the team right from the outset. The competency of those involved is paramount.
Having worked with many different contracting companies over the years, RVA is trained to recognise strengths and weaknesses. We know what questions to ask and as importantly, what responses to accept.
There are many good contractors in the market place however they cannot be ‘all things to all men’; what is right for one application may be inappropriate for another. RVA’s knowledge of specialist services and abilities within the competent supply chain, and their available capacity, therefore plays a crucial part in assembling the most suitably skilled project team.
RVA will assist with or fully manage the contractor assessment and selection process, to bring together the required combination of expertise.
Management of plant dismantling for relocation and reuse
Many manufacturing sectors are undergoing major changes and in a number of cases, companies are either moving their production abroad or selling plant to third parties.
RVA has now managed several projects which have included the preparation and dismantling of world-scale plant for shipment and re-erection elsewhere. Not only can RVA’s consultants deal with the planning and documentation of isolation and decommissioning regimes, we can also provide clients with comprehensive specification clauses for the work, thus minimising commercial exposure and ensuring the desired end result is achieved.
Often this type of undertaking calls for the integrated working of crafts persons with differing native languages or from backgrounds with unaligned cultural approaches to EHS management. RVA has therefore developed a tried and tested structure for assessing the competence and suitability of the labour force in these circumstances, assisting them in meeting the necessary standards and ensuring that there is a mechanism to enable all involved to understand the safety and technical requirements of the project.