Planning and implementing the delivery as well as maintenance and operation of capital projects can be some of the most stressful parts of an airport’s journey. At Jacobsen|Daniels, our staff treat our clients’ assets as if they were our own. We use our skills in project management, engineering, architecture, planning, facility operations, and aviation-focused business operations, to support our clients through:
- Business Development Strategies
- Financial Planning
- Executive Program Management / Program Management Advisory Services (PMAS)
- Construction Services
- Operational Readiness, Activation and Transfer (ORAT)
- Asset Management, Airport Sustainability-Resiliency
Our clients’ visions for growth require careful planning, skills, and strategies that often go beyond their normal areas of focus. Our team is equipped to tailor our services to each client’s unique needs.
Business Development Strategies
Our clients dream big and set lofty goals. However, it can be difficult to reach those goals when they require development of new (or re-development of existing) facilities. Creation of a sound business development strategy is oftentimes the first step in moving logically from an initial vision to a specific plan for growth of our client’s business and expansion of capital assets. As successful business development strategies extend across an entire organization, from sales and marketing to project and vendor management, we work in concert with our clients’ own personnel to ensure that specific project management strategies for capital development interface seamlessly with and support our clients’ overall business development strategies.
Constructing, maintaining, and operating high-quality infrastructure is essential to the realization of our clients’ goals and a sound capital planning and budgeting process is critical for this to happen. Helping our clients define the scope of their capital improvements, balancing the cost to construct those improvements with their overall budget, managing the cost of the improvements throughout the process, and ultimately quantifying the life-cycle costs of the facilities are all components of a sound financial planning effort. We provide our clients with guidance on financial matters ranging from overall financing strategies (including discussions concerning various delivery methods and traditional and independent finance options) to independent fee estimates for specific scopes of work.
Executive Program Management / Program Management Advisory Services (PMAS)
Being able to “see the big picture” is the singularly most important skillset we provide our clients. We offer our clients a single point of contact tasked with structuring and overseeing multiple program teams and programs to ensure each are staying on schedule and within budget. This enables our clients to focus on their regular duties, safe in the knowledge that their vision is being realized and their goals achieved.
We likewise offer program-specific management advisory services, ensuring that various inter-related project components of our clients’ programs have been properly defined and coordinated. Our PMAS role focuses on development of program definitions, establishing program budgets, developing independent fee estimates/construction cost estimates, creating master schedules, and interfacing on behalf of our clients with the individual project team management teams, establishing key performance indicators, and ultimately keeping our clients completely engaged and informed throughout the development process.
Construction is costly in the time, energy, and finances it takes to create a new facility or to modify an existing facility. With J|D’s Construction Services team, our clients can look to their future without stress. We provide services that ensure construction remains on schedule, on budget, and delivers a product that clients can depend on for the future. Our Construction Services team has the capacity and capabilities to deliver construction projects as the construction manager representing the owner during the planning, design and construction process. We also have the capacity and expertise to manage and deliver construction projects as the construction manager or general contractor. We manage every aspect of the construction process; starting with conceptual planning, including design management, procurement and construction cost estimating, mobilizing equipment and materials, the build out process, project close out and facility handover for operational readiness.
Operational Readiness, Activation, and Transfer (ORAT)
Prior to our clients’ use of facilities delivered under various programs and projects, a formal Operational Readiness, Activation, and Transfer protocol must be established. Our team has the skills to lead this process to ensure the facilities are prepared for, and effectively transferred to the client. We believe a dedicated team, clear accountability of project team members, and engagement by all project stakeholders are the initial components of a successful ORAT process. In addition, creation and implementation of appropriate testing and commissioning requirements serve as the basis for a fully functioning facility. Establishing a training process in concert with operational trials ensures our clients fully understand the facilities they will operate in. Our over-arching element of engaged, effective executive level sponsorship of ORAT process is where we offer our clients the most significant benefit.
Asset Management & Sustainability-Resiliency
With the world around us changing, our clients are concerned with maintaining their assets for the future, while minimizing the impact on the environment. We believe Asset Management begins at the earliest stages of the planning and programming of facilities. Understanding our clients’ goals, as well as their capabilities, helps ensure facilities are designed for ease of future maintenance. At J|D, we also recognize the benefits of life-cycle cost analysis in the selection of products, systems, and finishes that become part of the client’s assets. For existing facilities, we likewise recognize the value of detailed facilities assessments to help our clients make the best decisions in terms of long-term maintenance and performance. Sustainability, from an environmental perspective as well as from functional and use perspective, must be analyzed simultaneously with the life-cycle costs for facilities.
Our recent and relevant experience in each of these areas ensures our clients are not only looking at the initial cost of their programs, but also at the long-term costs – both at a micro level, and at a global level. The knowledge and expertise in these services leads to a mind set and culture of understanding and promoting facility and organizational resiliency. J|D staff use their complete range of facilities services to guide and support our clients in implementing the Infrastructure Resiliency Model (IRM), which uses readily available data to quantify and alleviate operational risk. The steps to implement the IRM include: 1) identifying risks; 2) prioritizing risks; 3) eliminating, mitigating, reducing risks; and 4) transparently reporting progress. Because the IRM uses a numerical evaluation, key performance indicators and targets may be established and tracked to support implementation and consistent communication.