First of all you must read the tender documents, and all of them. Most of the time we as planners do not have enough time on our hands - but a review of the tender documents will allow you to plan and #programme the project - with ease and confidence.
The tender preliminary health and safety plan will also give you the duration of the project - that is if it isn't in the ITT (Instructions to Tenderers) document. Also read the type of #contract. A lot of planners do not read the contract clauses regarding #programme and project timeline. Resources, some contracts require a resourced #programme, that is one to watch. Also, what type of contract is it - #NEC4 or #FIDIC or #JCT ?
When you open the pack of tender drawings for a building project, focus on the site location and logistics. As planners we must focus on how we build the project and the logistics required - is it a constricted inner city site ? does it require a #gantry ? ...where will the tower cranes be located - can they meet the loading's of plant to be installed in the project ?
Take a good look at the structural and civil drawings also, what is under the soil ? what does the structural engineer say in the report ? Is rock or perched water evident ?
In this case we will look at #piling..
#Piling - is piling required - what type of piling - contiguous or secant for example ? How does the rig access the site ? What happens to the arising - are they contaminated ?
The structural drawings are potentially the most important set of drawings that the #tender planner must review as part of the programme compilation. The substructure is always the highest risk area in any tender programme.
What is the piling sequence ? What are the adjacent and neighbouring properties ? Have I visited site ? Where are underground and overhead utilities ?
Time and time again as programme experts, we are required to write programme reports for clients and contractors in terms of the assessment of #risk on construction programmes at tender and prior to construction commencement. The above is a quick snapshot of where it can all go wrong - or go right for substructure !