Project Management

ammjohn prides itself on its project management skills and pedigree, delivering Tier 1 level projects for costs far below that normally expected. With very experienced project teams that are familiar with all facets of project delivery such as:

  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Environmental Controls and Strategies
  • Cost Control and Contract Administration
  • Industrial Relations
  • Modularisation Design, Construct and Installation
  • Construction Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Government Approvals, Easement applications and Services Infrastructure

ammjohn makes a study of ensuring all of its employees possess experience in all of these fields, enabling them to understand the inherent risks and opportunities of every decision in the field.

Feasibility Studies

ammjohn has, and will provide all of the necessary studies required to bring a project to fruition. Having delivered a number of projects from initial concept sketches through to landscaping and close-out, ammjohn understands the commercial constraints and barriers to delivering a project, and has 3 distinct phases of study to establish the commercial viability of a project:

Stage 1:  Desktop Feasibility Study

A Stage 1 Desktop Feasibility Study is an in-house, workshopped study that utilises the ammjohn team strengths to deliver high level engineering and estimates to provide sound conceptual solutions. A Stage 1 Desktop Feasibility Study typically includes the following deliverables:

  1. ‘Block’ General Arrangement Drawings:-  Consisting of simple block drafting, these General Arrangement drawings are sufficiently detailed to accurately determine the overall footprint of the required site while identifying potential constraints.
  2. Process Feasibility Study:- A broad process feasibility study will be developed in-house, identifying all major items of equipment.
  3. Budget Estimate +/-50%:-  Based on metrics and previous experience, a budget estimate with an order of accuracy of +/-50% will be developed.
  4. Study Report:-  A report that identifies key constraints, frames of reference and recommendations is prepared that enables next stage decision making.
Stage 2:  Pre-Feasibility Study

A Stage 2 study is often the first step in the ammjohn process, with many clients opting to perform the Stage 1 in-house. A Stage 2 Study provides a far more detailed technical output that is used to determine capital investment opportunities.  Where a Stage 1 study will provide a very ‘broad brush’ understanding of a project’s viability, a Stage 2 study provides a greater certainty as to the project outcomes and opportunities.  Stage 2 Studies will deliver:

  1. Process Flow Diagrams:-  While not necessarily finalised, it is expected that only refinement of the PFD will be required at future stages unless a key input or deliverable is modified.
  2. Preliminary Engineering:-  At this stage, sufficient engineering will be performed to validate equipment sizing and provide engineering direction on foundation design, electrical system requirements and material handling component selection.
  3. Budget Estimate +/-30%:-  Unlike a Stage 1 Estimate, metrics are utilised only for Design and project management costs and minor costs, with market rates of major equipment supply, labour and materials.  Quantities are estimated from first principles based on industry experience, with electrical and civil/structural quantities being validated externally.
  4. Preliminary Schedule:  A project schedule summary identifying key milestones such as design completion, contractor mobilisation/demobilisation and dry and wet commissioning will be prepared.
  5. General Arrangement Drawings & Elevations:-  General Arrangement drawings will be prepared with accurate detail that will further enhance and underpin the budget estimate.
  6. Risk Analysis:-  During the Stage 2 Study, a risk analysis shall be conducted in order that mitigation strategies may be employed while additionally ensuring correct allocation of contingency funds.
  7. Preliminary Project Execution Plan:-  A project execution plan that generally addresses the safety, environmental and industrial relations management while providing a draft blueprint for contracting strategy.
  8. High Level User Requirement Statement:-  While not definitive, the User Requirement Statement developed as part of the Stage 2 study will serve as a foundation for a more detailed statement in subsequent stages.  This document will enable preparation of technical and tender documents that are in alignment with both the project and the client’s technical requirements.
  9. Pre-Feasibility Study Report:-  A report that draws together the deliverables of the study to allow for presentation to a board, the Pre-Feasibility Study report additionally provides the contextual framework for the study and recommendations.
Stage 3:  Feasibility Study (or Bankable Feasibility Study)

The final study in a project evolution prior to approval, is the Stage 3 or Feasibility study.  Often referred to as a bankable feasibility study, the deliverables of this study are sufficiently refined and detailed as to award the scope for implementation.  As such, the deliverables for such a study are as follows:

  1. Process Flow Diagram:- A Process Flow Diagram will be developed suitable to be issued ‘For Construction’
  2. Piping and Instrumentation Diagram:-  A preliminary P&ID shall be developed that will be the foundation for control and commissioning planning.
  3. Mass Flow Diagram:-  As with the PFD, a mass flow diagram shall be developed that ensures alignment of client expectations while identifying the system constraints.
  4. User Requirements Statement:-  A finalised User Requirements Statement will be prepared that shall be an agreed technical delivery document that additionally provides the basis for future tender programs.
  5. General Arrangement Drawings & Preliminary Engineering:-  Engineering typical to a Feasibility Study shall be prepared (to the order of 20%).  This enables expedited engagement of design contractors and allows for early engagement of potential tenderers/contractors for market ratification of the execution.  
  6. Project Execution Plan:- A project execution plan is a ‘living’ document, however the PEP developed at this stage can be considered ‘finalized’.  The Project Execution plan will address:
    1. Project Management & Organisational Structure
    2. Design Management
    3. Safety Management
    4. Cost and Contract Management (including Claims procedure)
    5. Scheduling
    6. Environmental Management (including emergency response)
    7. Procurement Strategy
    8. Construction Management
    9. Commissioning
    10. Project Authority Matrix
    11. Project Reporting
    12. Industrial Relations Management
    13. Document Control
    14. Insurances, Shipping & Goods Receival
    15. Internal Communications Policy (including Media Relations Policy)
    16. Risk Management
    17. Close Out & Hand-over
  7. Bankable Estimate +/-15%:-  A Feasibility Study estimate will be produced that is sufficiently robust (complete with market ratified rates and metric analysis which confirms viability) will be delivered.  This estimate would ordinarily be considered ‘Bankable’ – peer reviewed and confirmed such that the level of accuracy would allow funding by external investors.
  8. Project Schedule:-  A project schedule that is in accordance both with the design and the proposed execution plan will be developed, such that future project schedules shall be detailed iterations of the schedule developed during this study.  
  9. Risk Analysis:-  A Monte Carlo analysis shall be performed on the estimate (complete with client engagement) so as to provide a project contingency that is both scientific and statistically valid.  In addition to identifying those areas of unknowns or risks within the project, the risk analysis will provide an exhaustive reference for mitigation and management.
  10. Capital Expenditure Request & Board Submission Papers:-  ammjohn has typically provided the board papers for ‘re-branding’ in a format provided by the client.  Where the client chooses to provide this report themselves, ammjohn typically provides the verbiage to enable translation to this format, complete with presentation materials for boards and estimate analysis in line with client standards.

Commercial Negotiations

ammjohn has either directly negotiated, or assisted, some of the largest contracts in Australian construction.  With in-house and external partners, ammjohn boasts a commercial team that understands each contracting methodology, market expectations and is able to effectively mitigate and resolve disputes before they occur.  ammjohn stands by its experience in delivering projects without major dispute!

Project Recovery

“Projects are easy, people are hard.”  ammjohn understands project management and the clash of ideologies, concepts and styles that can bring an otherwise excellent project to its knees.  This understanding and a ‘project first’ philosophy has enabled ammjohn to put a number of projects in turnaround, ultimately delivering the project and the cost outcome expectations.

Additional Services

In addition, ammjohn is pleased to offer its clients customized solutions or expertise in:

  • Risk management (including use of numerical methods for costing)
  • R&D management
  • Site management
  • Site safety management
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Project recovery services
  • Specialist advice in cement manufacture, storage and dispatch