You have been tasked to project manage the installation of a new fence, including the design, procurement and construction phases, but you have little or no knowledge and previous experience in regards to fencing. Where to start? Well, we have a new tool that will make life easier and benefit you and your organisation…a lot.
The devil is in the detail
Firstly, it is worth highlighting that there is much more to a fencing project than you might first think. Moreover, overlooking just one element can compromise a key desired outcome and therefore diminish the value of the considerable financial investment being made. For example, in relation to perimeter security fencing the fence is only as effective as its weakest link. Therefore, a simple design oversight such as a climb point for a would-be intruder to scale the fence can nullify the value of the balance of the fence. Alternatively, not assessing the ground height where a playground fence is to be placed may result in gaps under the fence that children can breach thus compromising a primary function of the fence.
Our easy to follow questionnaires takes away the guess work
We have prepared a series of questionnaires tailored for specific fencing applications. The person tasked with managing the project can then work through the questionnaire and answer each item. A basic principle of good project management is that the return on the time and effort invested during the planning phase of a project is leveraged over the balance of the project as compared to time invested later. The questionnaire provides at project inception a comprehensive checklist of considerations. This enables the manager to pre-empt and see the relationship across the range of strategic to practical considerations rather than discovering these aspects as they go at which point they may well have less flexibility to alter the approach in order to achieve the desired outcomes.
Identify the strategic goals
What are the key outcomes the asset owner and/ or stakeholders desire from for the fencing, and how do these outcomes rank in priority? It might be prevention of unauthorised access to a site (and resulting elimination of vandalism and theft), it might be to improve aesthetics and compliment heritage considerations, it might be to maximise the service life of the fence.
Identify practical goals
What is the budget? Has access for people in wheelchairs been considered? How will the new fence integrate with site signage? What are the perimeter security weak points? How does the proposed fence alignment integrate with emergency evacuation plans?
The benefits in the design phase include:
The benefits in the procurement phase include:
The benefits in the construction phase include: