May 11, 2021

Integrated Project Delivery: An effective approach for productivity

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A lesser known but extremely rewarding method to obtain maximum productivity is “Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)”. IPD is highly recommended for cutting down waste, optimization in limited budget, and exceptional productivity rate. Essentially a role of IDP is to develop an effective collaboration among various stakeholders of the construction such as owner, architects, engineers, managers, and subcontractors.

The major reason behind great productivity is that Integrated Project Delivery focus on collaboration from the initial stage of the planning, which is not the case in another approaches.  IPD method focuses more on the process phase of the project rather than weighing too much on the outcomes. As, focusing on the process automatically generates great results.

Professional associations like AIA and AGC are creating standards and guidelines to be used in the Integrated Project Delivery process. It is important to highlight that with the Integrated Project Delivery process all team members will share risks and rewards based on goal achievement.

There are certain special features of Integrated Project Delivery that makes it unique and fruitful. Some of such features are:

Effective Communication

Integrated Project Delivery provides a platform to each stakeholder where they can offer the essence of their experience and uplifts the plan by giving constructive criticism without disrespecting someone else’s consideration.

Well-analyzed planning

With the intense analysis of the planning from multiple point of view, there is few chances of a mistake or clash occurrence while executing plan on the construction site. Construction process achieves a higher rate of efficiency with the smaller number of clashes in the plan.

Unanimous Decision

When it comes to make an agreement or a critical decision, all participants vote for a decision that they support. Thus, passing a decision which is supported by most of the stakeholders.

Equal responsibility and rewards

While working in IPD approach, all parties involved mutually agree to share work, responsibility and recognition of the project, developing a strong sense of teamwork. 

How Exactly Integrated Project Delivery work?

Below are the steps that need to be followed for successful IPD:

Conceptualization:

To offer a high-quality product, all stakeholders collaborate and analyze various strategies which have great potential to enhance the quality level. By analyzing multiple solutions, stakeholders choose the best plan which has practicable process along with almost no errors and re-design issues. 

Design

At this stage, all evaluations from stage one must be incorporated into the design process. This includes implementation of international standards to achieve sustainability along with construction code regulations. By following Integrated Project Delivery, a perfect plan can be generated with a focus on minimum waste production resulting into a big saving for all party included.

Review:

Once conceptualization and design has been done of the project, all the stakeholders review the planning of their expertise.

Implementation:

A computer modelling and design data analysis are followed the successful completion of design process. BIM and CAD are most popular software to visualize and analyze the project outcomes. By accessing tools like BIM and CAD, assurance of the design performance can be achieved.

Construction:

All the hard work and efforts putted for the best outcome can be seen in construction phase. After following all the above step, we can see that project works in streamlined manner, with no more delays, minimum design conflicts, change orders and waste.

Operation:

IPD is excellent tool that supports to obtain minimum operational, rental and maintenance cost along with maximum benefits to surrounding neighbors.

Facilities Management

Not just before and during construction phase, IPD also plays an important function in after construction activity like facility management where maintenance and coordination of physical workspace is focused.

How BIM contributes to IPD?

Building Information Modelling plays an important role in Integrated Project Delivery. By leveraging BIM tools, IPD enhance its efficiency of the project. With the collaboration of BIM and IPD, a clear visualization, exact behavior of construction, tendencies of workflow and another required data can be achieved. Furthermore, BIM used for IPD generates As-Built drawings, allowing to store highly detailed and complete drawings. Other than this, such integration facilitate work by providing accurate information, minimizing the requirement for RFI’s, change orders and streamlines the work on construction site.

You should consider approaching IDP method if,

Your project is unique, huge, and long enough to lead time to make the effort worthwhile. It could be any kind of structure like complexed structured commercial buildings, huge public healthcare center or a constructing a museum with the idea of developing it with ancient features.

Benefits of IPD method –

Accessing IPD for your projects proves to be highly useful and beneficial for the successful execution of the project. Some of the major reasons to choose IPD method are:

  • With the improved collaboration, all the perception can be analyzed well supporting in making error-free plan.
  • By opting for the BIM tools along with IPD, we can have sharp and accurate 3D visualization of the project.
  • Overall and layer-wise analysis of the project
  • High-quality product matching international standards
  • Detecting errors in early stage along with quick solutions
  • Accessing to essential contract documents facilitating the phase of construction
  • Reliable estimation derived from the improved collaboration.
  • Makes construction eco-friendly by reducing overflowing harmful waste.

While focusing on the plus sides of the Integrated Project Delivery approach, it should also be noted that IPD is yet relevantly new concept in the corporate world, so it becomes little tough to find professionals who are willing to work with multi-party agreement. Another issue could be that finding banks and lenders that are ready to invest with innovative approaches of work.

Concluding the blog, it can be said that Integrated Project Delivery assures the maximum potential rate of productivity while involving various experts of the field; facilitating them with a platform where they can discuss the plan thoroughly.  While contributing the work they also agree to share the reward of the project equally.

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