Pre-construction is a fundamental part of any construction project.
This is a stage, where estimates of project costs and time are produced
together with the consideration of constructability issues. Thorough
and sensibly prepared cost estimates are essential to predict the
most likely budget for a project. It is of prime importance that
client organisations realise that project estimates are only best
possible approximations i.e. predictions and expecting them to be
accurate in accounting sense would be totally unrealistic.
Involvement of contractor at this early stage can be of immense
benefit to the client. The contractors’ experience can aid
the architects/design engineers to design with suitable aesthetics
and at the same time meet the budgetary and time schedule requirements.
MDL provides its clients with estimation and quantity surveying
(QS) services either as part of the initiation stage of a specific
project or as an independent professional consulting service. During
the tendering stage of any project, MDL performs the QS function
by pricing up the project on an item-by-item basis. The schedule
of rates i.e. Bill of Quantities (B.O.Q.) is used to provide rates
for individual work activities and their quantities. In effect,
we prepare an initial estimate of the project cost or price up the
job for the client, which is then used as the basis for competitive
tendering. We also undertake cost planning and commercial support
function for our clients looking to obtain realistic construction
budgets. We work with our clients to work out the scope of a project
and an overall development strategy. For realistic estimates, client
needs to have clear, concise and accurate objectives i.e. project
definition. MDL, through its pre-construction operation, develops
an appropriate project definition by exchanging information in an
open environment amongst all parties. Numerous cost estimating techniques
are used to ensure cost estimates are reliable, practical and take
into account any contingencies, risks associated.