Types of Services

Normal-type Services

Normal-type Services

Normal services are those for which there is sufficient time to mobilise efficiently and to be able to effect a balanced workload.

Parachute-type Services

Parachute-type Services

Are the opposite of the above but in addition they will generally, though not exclusively, be for Business Development or Troubleshooting situations. Support or representation is needed immediately anywhere in the World. The metaphor is a ‘parachute drop’ on behalf of multinational clients or their consultants / constructors. Need a construction professional in Paris, Hong Kong, San Francisco by Monday, but nobody available. Might involve strategic / feasibility studies. It could be just a reconnaissance trip – to see if there is a real project or not. Develop an opportunity by performing whatever is needed. Control a situation before it becomes a disaster. Prepare the scope of services required before the ‘ground troops’ arrive – establish a ‘beachhead’.

Does not necessarily have to be at project inception e.g. a project is perceived to be out of control but before a full-blown audit team can be assembled and dispatched – send in TACA

Project Teams these days are spread very thin so that when the unexpected does arise it places a great burden on the team.

In construction the unexpected happens regularly – it is good to be able to plug the gap. Also as clients want ever faster reaction from consultants / constructors I can be on the ground in ‘business development’ situations while the permanent team is being assembled. Look at TACA as a way to ‘outsource’ that extra resource to perform an assessment, prepare or resist a claim or simply to free up members of the project team to take care of some unexpected event.