Technical Management

31 Agosto 2018


Let me introduce the professional Technical Management services based on the functional model developed and improved along more than 27 years of experience in large infrastructures projects in several countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Why is an efficient Technical Management so important?

To contribute in synergy and in a proactive manner with the construction, management, and control processes, targeting to maximize the success of the Project by its completion on time, with minimum cost and in full satisfaction of the End Client.

Therefore, the Technical Management should quickly deliver reliable and coherent information to the other involved agents in the Project, helping them to duly develop their duties, thus allowing cooperative transversal tasks dynamically.

So, what is the Technical Management´s roll?

There are general objectives that could be applied to virtually all types of construction projects, which, with slight nuances depending on the type of construction or its size, the enclave of the project and its socio-economic particularities, are grouped into three fundamental missions, precisely those that link the Technical Management with the other departments, even assuming their functions if there were no such departments, in case of small organizational structures for example.

The fundamental missions of the Technical Management at work are Geometry, Quantities and Quality, which are concepts that in their amplitude understanding justify the need of multi-disciplinary profiles due to the diversity of specialties and agents with which to operate, flexibility to adapt to different scenarios and dynamicity to take advantage of new technologies.

To this end, the Technical Management must manage Survey Engineering, Geodesy, Processes, Basic and Detailed Civil Engineering, Technical Specifications, Contract, Technical and Economic Planning and proactively participate in other processes such as CRM and ERP.

Next sketch shows such basic model as previously described.

It is shown on it how the Technical Management receives inputs from the Project Director, Consultant and the Client to generate the outputs of Geometry, Quantities and Quality that act as links with the other Departments or Areas (Production, Construction, Planning, Finance, Costs, Purchasing, Quality and Laboratory) for the development of processes such as Technical Planning, IPC, Subcontractor´s and Supplier´s invoicing, Economic Planning, Procurement Specifications and Inspection and Testing Programs, which under the Standards of Quality culminate in Project Execution as the ultimate goal.

GEOMETRY: refers to all geometric aspects of the work, from its basic design or detailed design, when necessary, until the final as built drawings, logically passing through the revision of the design, preparation of shop drawings, constructive details and setting out on site for its execution.

QUANTITIES: Knowing the total scope of the Project, its degree of progress and the pending to execute is indispensable to be able to plan the work technically and economically in a proper way, as well as to manage payments to subcontractors and suppliers and preparing IPC invoices to the Client.

QUALITY: only paying attention on the general and special specifications of the project, the Method Statements are elaborated to ensure the correct execution and placement of the approved materials on site. In the same vein, Document Control and Measuring and Testing Equipment Plan are also mandatory.

... and obviously, all above matters properly engaged, coordinated and synchronized, but simultaneously with flexibility in order to be able to identify and develop specific objectives at any times.

How can José Ignacio Merchán supports you?

Beyond a career of more than 27 years in the Contractor and Consultant sides as it is shown in the attached CV, my professionalism is based on certain core values cultivated during those 27 years:

EXPERIENCE: I have participated in practically all the processes related to the construction of infrastructures, in small works and large infrastructures, in seven countries and in different sides of the negotiation. This provides know-how as well as a broad, proactive and collaborative vision.

PRACTICALITY: in the identification of objectives and searching for feasible and economic alternatives or methodologies.

ACCURACY: when designing, calculating, writing reports, etc. Being meticulous avoids non-quality costs and helps to plan better.

TRUSTABILITY: in the communication with Consultant and Client facilitates and expedites the processing and approval of proposals and minutes. Being professional is important, but you must prove it as well.

QUICKNESS: Management, proposals, studies, analysis and decision making cannot delay the progress of the work. Time is money.

TEAMWORK: sharing experiences, points of view, knowledge, etc. saves time in every process of analysis, decision making and subsequent development in an optimal way.

CONTINUOUS TRAINING: continuous updating consumes time but is rewarded when applying new methods and equipment in data acquisition, information management, project development, etc., and possibly now more than ever, with the BIM revolution coming strong. We welcome the 5D Management (3D models + time + cost)

Get in touch and we will analyze together how I can contribute to the success of the development of your projects. It is a small investment with fast and increasing return.




José Ignacio Merchán de Pablos

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