Specifically, Akiitech can provide assistance with the following:
- Selection of appropriate procurement and contracting strategies, and nomination of an appropriate principal in contracts
- Preparation of tender documents and contracts based on standard forms
- Selection of contractors and consultants with proven performance records
- Effective management of contracts, including clause commentaries, sample letters and checklists
- Maintenance of an effective performance management system through monitoring and reporting
- Resolution of contractual claims and disputes.
- Advice on appropriate procurement and contracting strategies, tendering and preparation of tender documents, selection of consultants and contractors, contract administration, and
- How to avoid disputes.
Akiitech provides independent, proactive and objective Superintendency and construction monitoring. We assist in ensuring that contract conditions are met by overseeing all aspects of construction identified within the due diligence phase. We provide reports, updates and advice to give you complete project control so that the project has the best chance of being a success.
VCAT may rely on expert evidence to form an opinion about specific issues relating to the matter. It may be presented to the tribunal in the form of a written report. This is recommended by the Tribunal as a method of presenting evidence. Akii.tech can prepare a detailed VCAT compliant legal document, outlining the defect/s in dispute, stating the facts and including an expert opinion about the matter.
If an expert witness is required to attend your hearing at VCAT, our inspectors have the specialised qualifications, knowledge and experience to present evidence to the Tribunal. Note that as an expert witness, we have an obligation to provide fair and unbiased advise and we cannot act as an advocate for one of the parties. Our knowledge, training and experience can be invaluable in supporting an argument
- A clear definition of what the owners and end users mean by value, thus providing a precise basis for making decisions throughout the project.
- A tool for optimising the balance between differing stakeholder needs and expectations.
- A basis for creating a clear project brief that reflects the project sponsorâ€™s priorities and expectations, expressed on the basis of value and function. This improves communication between all the stakeholders so that each can understand and respect the otherâ€™s constraints, expectations and requirements.
- A basis for ensuring the project is the most effective way of delivering business benefits and satisfying business needs.
- A functional basis for embellishing and refining the case for the project, by addressing both the monetary and non-monetary benefits.
- A functional basis for design development and management, through improved communications, mutual learning and enhanced collaborative working, leading to better technical solutions with enhanced performance and quality and often, through innovative solutions.
- A functional mechanism to measure value, taking into account monetary and non-monetary benefits and thus demonstrating value for money.
Value management is a team based approach used to define the client’s objectives and ensure best value, whole-life solutions are selected to satisfy those objectives. It is not necessarily about cost cutting.
To achieve maximum benefit, value management should be carried out from the very early stages of a project, not simply introduced when problems occur. The process of value management includes value engineering, which is a more systematic approach to ensuring specific functions are satisfied to the required standard for the least cost. It assess a range of possible solutions against the values required by the client.
Value management exercises can also be used to recover cost divergence (costs diverging from the budget) that may become apparent when design reports are prepared. Under these circumstances, the client may have to choose priorities, or decide to increase the budget.
It may be possible to:
- Identify items that can be omitted.
- Identify items that can have their specification changed.
- Identify items that could be re-instigated later in the program if the budget allows.
- Identify enabling works that can be incorporated into the design, allowing elements to be added during later phases of construction.
Once all the issues have been identified and documented by a building inspector then the undertaking of any required remedial work can be properly costed. The bottom line in all this is the willingness of the owners corporation to pro-actively look after its asset. Regular maintenance ensures the value of the asset is protected over the long term, and while there is often concern about special levies and sinking funds, there is no doubt that in the long term, property values are higher when the lot is situated within a well maintained building.