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Program / Project Management

Technical and Operational Analysis

Business Consulting and Advisory Services

Engineering Design

Investment Transaction Support

RFP Management / Contractor Selection

Owner / Operator Representation Services

Permit Scoping & Consulting Services

Services Offered

TAS offers a comprehensive range of consulting and advisory services, fully customizable to client needs.

We leverage the collective expertise of our leadership team and principal consultants to plan, manage, and execute a wide slate of projects our clients. Our firm’s approach to project management is built upon a foundation of proven learnings and industry experience managing Owner / Operator businesses.

We utilize a framework of best practices and key elements to scope, control, and implement enterprise-level work programs, complex change initiatives, and large-scale capital / expense projects. Our approach includes a series of tools and techniques such as:

Safety
    There can be no compromise on safety. It’s integral to project success. It’s central to how we work. Every project must have defined safe work plans, identified and mitigated safety risks, and safety assurance for people and assets.

Clarity on Project Objectives and Requirements
    We work with stakeholders to establish a clear, upfront view of business objectives, requirements, priorities, constraints, the selected option parameters, and measures of success.

Capability Assurance
    We ensure all project roles have specific qualified individuals associated with each required task. We identify gaps in the team’s resources / knowledge and work with stakeholders to resolve accordingly.

Contingency Planning / Potential Problem Analysis
    We proactively factor in risks, test assumptions, explore alternatives, monitor timelines, and prepare for the unexpected.

Defined Work Scope
    We define, network and obtain sign-off on a statement of work scope, with identified tasks, agreed milestones, assigned accountabilities, and supporting assumptions for in and out of scope elements.

Project Controls
    We schedule, estimate, budget, track, control, review, and provide status report updates on the project.

Contracting Strategy
    We work with clients to develop a specific plan with regard to contracting, equipment vendors, materials sourcing, service providers and internal assistance. The interdependency of these responsibilities and partner relationships is critical to successful execution of the project.

Performance Management
    We continuously assess performance vs. plan, evaluate earned value, monitor KPI’s, and make timely interventions to keep projects within scope, on budget, and on schedule.

Project Execution Plan

    We pre-plan work scope, resourcing requirements, sequencing of activities, and prerequisite milestones. We engage stakeholders prior to kickoff to confirm roles, readiness, and approval to proceed.

Start Up / Commissioning Plan

    We develop specific plans for how the asset will put into service, investment will be integrated, and/or project will be rolled out, including completion punch lists, training requirements, pre-start up reviews, and other related issues or challenges to be resolved.

TAS’s project management process is closely integrated with our Stage Gate Project Review Process

 

TAS’s Project Management Process

We value a disciplined approach, rigor and control, fact-based measurement and assessment, deliverables which are mapped to stakeholder expectations and defined timelines, and consistency of focus from start to finish. We believe that successful projects require dedicated resources, strength of commitment, foresight and planning, flexibility and resilience, vigilance and follow-up, passion and perseverance, and ownership and accountability.

  • This results in a successful project.

  • This adds value and drives results for our client partners.

  • This is what we do.

  • This is TAS.

Stage 1 - Appraise

Stage 2 - Select

Stage 3 - Define

Objective: Appraise the business opportunity to confirm fit with business strategy.

If the proposed opportunity fits with the business strategy, we identify potential delivery options with indicative milestones and an initial view on costs (+/- 50%).

Objective: Select a preferred solution from the identified options.

Each option is evaluated with an appropriate level of rigor. An initial schedule is developed and cost estimates are refined to +/- 30%. Early on identification of a preferred solution – after due consideration of other options – allows for a deeper scoping and specific evaluation at the next stage of the project.

Objective: Define the selected option to build confidence that it can be completed as planned and consensus that it will deliver the expected benefits and returns on the investment. Completion and approval of this stage is a critical gate in that it completes the “Front End Loading” phase of the project. Upon approval, funding to complete the business acquisition or EPC project is authorized, with significant follow-on activity to then develop detailed schedules and +/-10% costs.

Stage 4 - Execute

Stage 5 - Operate

Objective: Execute the defined option by completing detailed engineering and planning, due diligence and other activities to build/commission and/or acquire/integrate the asset.

Objective: Post completion / transaction closing, operate the asset, further optimize / integrate the asset, and validate that the target business objectives have been met.

The Stage Gate Process is used in tandem with the Project Management Process. Within each stage, there are key elements and deliverables that contribute to overall success. The project management practices underpin the Stage Gate activity sets, within each Stage and at every decision point (Gate).

TAS uses a 5-Stage process to map out and control the forward progression of projects, from initial concept and idea to completion and launch. The process is an iterative one, and the steps from one stage to another build on past actions, decisions, and successful results. Final advancement from one stage to the next in the investment decision process is tied to a decision point and/or management approval (Gate). These types of methodologies are commonly used across industries, particularly those involving capital intensive, complex projects, and allow for tiered solutions based on factual assessment, peer challenge, achieved milestones, and lessons learned.

 

TAS’s Stage Gate Process has been developed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the project completion process. For each stage, a criteria set is developed which outlines the tasks which are to be completed, the spend to be managed, and the metrics and thresholds which are required for the project to be sanctioned for continued development. Well managed projects which meet performance expectations progress, which provides assurance that resources are being invested on projects with a high probability for success at implementation. Projects that either do not progress as expected or are no longer consistent with evolving business requirements are proactively terminated as early as possible; this ensures resources are not needlessly diverted from higher return investment prospects.

Stage Gate Project Review Process