7 Benefits of Early Contractor Involvement

7 Benefits of Early Contractor Involvement

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A traditional construction project will generally only involve the contractor once the designs have been finalised. An increasingly popular procurement model is to involve the contractor early in the design stage: Early Contractor Involvement (ECI). This allows them to assess the ‘buildability’ of a design and provide accurate construction costs in parallel with the initial concepts.

How does ECI work

A 2014 study conducted by the University of Ulster, found evidence that early contractor involvement (ECI) could save time and help to mitigate risks. In the associated survey, a massive 92% of the respondents agreed the ECI approach improved project performance.

Early contractor involvement (ECI) is more cost effective, more time efficient and increases transparency. This means there will be less variations during construction and shared responsibilities between contractor and designer.

Getting a contractor involved early can add value through increased input on major design and construction decisions.

As big advocates of ECI, our designers and builders collaborate throughout all stages of a project. This allows us to provide clients with early access to project information and helps forge a trusted relationship.

The benefits of ECI in short

The benefits of ECI are:

  • Saves time
  • Mitigates risks
  • Improves project performance
  • Cost effective
  • Increases transparency
  • Less variations during construction
  • Shared responsibilities

Setting up the project for success

Respondents in the study identified the most commonly achieved benefits using ECI within their projects were:

  1. Greater trust and understanding between client and contractor (100%).
  2. Better risk management (92.86%).
  3. Improved design quality (71.43%).
  4. Reduced timeframe (71.43%).

Not only that, ECI broke down traditional adversarial relationship barriers, setting up projects for success.

Want more information about ECI? Give us a call at 1300 343 578 or send us an email info@sofc.com.au.

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