Project Management

IDNS do not believe in sub-contracting Project Management services. All IDNS Project Managers are fully employed by IDNS. This ensures a high quality of service and provides full accountability throughout the process.

IDNS Technical Project Management Services are extremely extensive having been honed and refined through hundreds of projects of sizes ranging from a single room to site wide £1.25 million implementations such as the new build campus of Bolton College.

All IDNS Project Managers are highly experienced, highly qualified, truly client focussed members of the IDNS Project Team. Each Project Manager is qualified to a minimum of SSSTS (Site Safety Supervisor Training Scheme) to ensure all builder or main contractor requirements are more than covered. IDNS PM’s are Prince2 qualified which, when combined with the high levels of project implementation experience the PMs have, provides the client with the peace of mind a true professional with tried and tested methodology is going to provide a high level of management skills to the project and that a smooth implementation can be achieved

IDNS work with many of the main building contractors as well as directly with many high profile Universities on their projects.

This experience ensures IDNS has in depth knowledge of the varying requirements for such individual companies.

IDNS can tailor make the Project Management services as required by the individual client. However, included within Project Management services IDNS will include as a minimum, but not be restricted to, the following:

  • Attendance at building co-ordination meetings to assist with the detailed design of the individual rooms and site requirements.
  • Production of elevated drawings detailing requirements for installations such as pattressing, power and data locations etc.
  • Attendance to site for acceptance of hardware deliveries.
  • Preparation and issuing of detailed procedure specific Risk Assessments and Method Statements.
  • Regular “tool box talks” by fully qualified Lead Engineer and / or Project Manager.
  • Site attendance by SMSTS (Site Management Safety Training Scheme) or SSSTS (Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme - black hat specialist) qualified staff during installation phase.
  • Liaison between client and builders as project progresses with regular updates.
  • Management of variation requests such as additions and change of requirements.
  • IDNS Project Managers are highly experienced in the full process of managing all aspects of a project upon Customer’s premises.

Project Management process

On individual contract award, IDNS will meet with the respective University’s representative(s) to discuss exact timescales required for the project –i.e. required finish / go live date, site access times, etc. From this information combined with the understanding of the total number of “man days” that would be required to complete the project a “drop dead”, or latest start, date is devised (i.e. the installation phase MUST be started by this date otherwise the completion date will not be achieved). This date is discussed with the client and an agreed start date arranged. Consideration is given by the PM to the lead time of specific equipment such as lecterns / furniture which can have detrimental effects on completion dates.

The Project Manager will at this point adjust the draft detailed project / implementation project plan and publish to the relevant bodies for approval. Through earlier planning meetings an understanding of other trades’ access to site requirements would have been established (electricians for completing power installation or painters for wall coverings) which would have bearing upon when IDNS can complete the various phases or “fixes” of the installation process. Once approval of start date and Project plan has been received a start date is confirmed with engineering resource officially allocated.

Further consideration is taken into account when compiling the project plan of any site specific “live running” times such as seminars, standard teaching day, meeting room booking etc. IDNS will liaise with the client to minimise any disruption caused by installation processes to the live running of the building. This may mean rooms and areas are completed in a specific order to work around the room schedules or even out of normal hours working being implemented i.e. night shift or weekend working.

IDNS PM’s are well versed in attending main contractor or builder’s meetings. IDNS utilise such times as a starting point for liaison with the various other trades involved in the building / project rollout.