• PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  • CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS SERVICES

Construction is one of the world’s most difficult and challenging endeavors, and big projects carry big risks. Even one mistake in any of the thousands of different tasks on a project can mean big problems and result in serious schedule delays and cost overruns. With the financial stakes so high, it is critical that every step of the project be managed carefully. Hill International is one of the premier firms in the world helping our clients manage their projects and programs more effectively, so that they are finished on-time, within budget and with as few claims as possible. Whether the project is a high-speed rail line or a high-rise office building, we provide our clients with a full spectrum of services, including program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, troubled project turnaround, staff augmentation, project labor agreement consulting, and estimating and cost management services. Having participated in more than 10,000 project assignments with a total construction value in excess of $500 billion, Hill has managed all phases of the construction process, from concept through completion.

Program Management

Hill's comprehensive program management services can help you keep multiple, interrelated projects in sync, on-time and within budget. We help owners, financial institutions, sureties and others reduce the uncertainty and risk in their capital programs. Hill's program managers review every detail of all projects, set-up objectives, plans and priorities, manage and control the process and identify and resolve problems. Our experienced professionals and technical staff resources work with the client to define, plan, implement and integrate every aspect of each project. When managing an entire multi-disciplinary program, our service improves timing, cost and quality. Our client benefits from a single point of management responsibility for planning, design management, permitting compliance, construction management and ongoing operations services.

Project Management

As one of the leading independent project management firms in the world, we offer clients a complete solution to project management that helps assure a project is delivered on-time and within budget. Our project managers are some of the most experienced in the industry, offering not just market sector expertise, but global experience on high-profile projects. We are proud of the fact that every year many our projects and professionals are recognized with project achievement awards acknowledging excellence in project management. In addition to a diverse project management team, we offer clients a unique understanding of what can go wrong on a construction projects through one of the largest construction claims groups in the world. We use our claims expertise to identify potential trouble spots on a project before they develop into problems, and recommend or initiate preventive action through strategic planning and project controls.

Construction Management

Successful construction management demands a detail-diligent approach, proactively managed by professionals who have the experience, skills and technical support each project demands. Hill's professionals are not only credentialed; they have seasoned, hands-on experience in the construction industry. This experience, gained in the trenches of construction projects across the globe, gives our project teams the practical knowledge they need to effectively manage virtually any type of capital project. Hill's CM teams include: construction managers, resident engineers, construction superintendents, estimators, schedulers, inspectors, contract administrators and construction claims avoidance experts.

Project Management Oversight

Hill's project management oversight (PMO) teams provide timely and objective reporting, from evaluating the performance of the construction manager, designer and contractors, to monitoring schedules and analyzing costs. Teams include specialists in all phases of construction, so that the myriad events that occur on a project can be assessed and evaluated in a timely way by the right expert. Because Hill's staff includes experts who are leaders in their disciplines, our clients benefit from strong recommendations, which are both technically and financially sound. Hill's PMO services support project success by independently anticipating problems, identifying setbacks and recommending solutions in every area of construction. This is the essence of PMO -- to give clients objective information allowing them to make prudent decisions about key issues before major problems occur.

Troubled Project Turnaround

While project management is used most cost-effectively before construction begins, it is also used to regain control after serious problems have caused delays or overruns. When retained under these circumstances, Hill assembles a team that can most expediently address critical needs. Hill's turnaround team designs new schedules, creates new plans and implements procedures to get the project back on track. In addition, Hill's experience in construction claims means our turnaround team can mitigate and resolve claims, without impeding newly established projects.

Staff Augmentation

Not all of today's organizations have the internal resources to handle every type of construction assignment. Hill can augment a client’s construction team with specific expertise based upon the unique needs of each individual assignment. We offer experienced professionals with flexible availability that ranges from days to years. Hill's experienced project managers, construction managers, engineers, architects, designers, schedulers, financial analysts, contract administrators and other professionals are available, at a moment's notice, to staff virtually any type of project at any phase. Our professionals take a results-driven, yet cooperative, approach to meeting our clients' goals, and effectively complement existing permanent staff throughout the globe.

PLA Consulting

Hill helps both public and private organizations who have large complex construction projects save time and money through a type of collective bargaining agreement called a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). PLAs create efficiencies through standardization of project participant contracts. They help avoid conflict issues between contractors who are working on large projects and help protect against strike conditions. Hill works with all parties on the project, including owners, contractors and unions to unify their contractual relationship. The end result is a tremendous savings in both time and money through standardization efficiency.

Commissioning

Commissioning is not only a validation of equipment and systems operation, it is also a form of quality assurance. Hill's approach to the development of a commissioning plan starts with a strong understanding of the owner's requirements, the project design intent, the systems installed and the desired outcome. Hill then develops a plan that includes that understanding, as well as how commissioning communications will be processed, a complete outline of testing to be performed with the acceptance criteria, documentation required and a training outline.

Estimating and Cost Management

Hill provides accurate estimations of construction costs by involving the engineering staff on A/E and construction project cost estimates. Budgetary and detailed cost estimates are developed in accordance with client's protocols. Hill has successfully prepared cost estimates on projects ranging from the thousands to the billions in support of planning, design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance, as well as change order negotiations and claims support. Vendor quotes are solicited, where appropriate, local material costs are obtained from suppliers in the vicinity of the project, and labor productivity rates are derived from project experience and history, RS Means and Richardson estimating guides, U.S. Cost Success and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Micro Computer-Aided Cost Engineering System databases.

Labor Compliance Management

Hill’s wholly owned subsidiary, MyLCM Solutions Inc., develops a unique labor compliance automation solution that collects, monitors and manages certified payrolls. This service can replace labor and paper-intensive manual processes of complying with local, state and federal Davis Bacon prevailing wage laws or Project Labor Agreements. Reporting processes that traditionally entailed hours, weeks, or months to gather, analyze and format data for submittal can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Within secure and encrypted databases and architecture, Hill maintains prevailing wage rates that are applicable to our clients. The system uses this data to validate wage requirements by comparing contractors’ certified payrolls against applicable prevailing wage rates, and quickly alerts the client to possible errors or omissions by a contractor. This process is cost-effective and guarantees verification on every submitted certified payroll while allowing clients to focus attention on enforcement. For more information visit www.mylcm.com.

Facilities Management

Hill has a wealth of experience managing large Facilities Management (FM) operations. We align the best model, processes and procedures with the correct resource and maintenance regime to ensure the building and equipment function correctly, efficiently and safely through out and beyond their intended life cycles. Hill offers a bespoke FM solution whereby the whole FM process commences at the start of a project, connecting with clients and building relationships with installation contractors, project management teams, designers and manufacturers to ensure the building is fit for purpose. Working through the construction phase and managing a seamless transition into FM services using a supply chain with the experience of the building, equipment and people associated with the facility.

Integrated Management System

It is Hill International PM Group policy to consistently meet the agreed requirements of our clients in the most cost effective manner by providing a high standard of management, technical expertise and completion of projects within the established client objectives of time, quality, cost, health & safety and environment. This is accomplished by employing professional people with drive and determination to work as a team with our Clients, Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants in a non-adversarial manner. Hill International PM Group Quality Management System addresses Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental management. It is implemented and continuously improved to address the Client’s needs and is in line with international standards (ISO) for management systems. Policy Document Links: Quality Management Policy ---- HSE Policy Statement