The term ‘engineering’ means many things to many people. So, supporting it can also take many forms. Arnmore’s engineering support involves the provision of specialist combined commercial and technical services to deliver a program of work.
When projects reach a certain size, they really stop being a project and turn into what is in effect a mini business, (sometimes not so mini). The control, reporting and delivery processes therefore need to reflect the needs of a business. This means the commercial and financial controls become as significant as the technical delivery and activity planning. Many infrastructure projects do not have with the right balance either because they were initially set up on the wrong footing or they outgrew their original structures. Keeping an appropriate balance of commercial and technical skills as a project progresses is essential to ensure quality of delivery.
Our experience and insight enables us to fully understand the issues affecting our clients, not only in today’s climate, but also future scenarios ensuring we develop solutions that deliver successful outcomes.
Engineering Support Success Factors
Core Engineering Support Services
We have specialist Engineering Support skills bringing together industry experience and academic experts to deliver bespoke solutions to clients that are planning, constructing, operating and disposing of infrastructure across the world.
The approach we take combines our knowledge of business operations with the ability to develop detailed models of business processes and engineering assets. Our aim is to produce quality asset performance information in a manner that is targeted at the key drivers for the business (or project). These models cover a variety of scenarios ranging from high-level cost modelling, risk and safety models, through to detailed engineering system reliability models. Linking these to the key business drivers then provides the framework for decision making at Board, Program or Project level.
Probably the most important aspect of implementing a safety regime within a business is for it to be led from above. If the Board members and senior leaders in the business are not signed up to the regime then it is likely to fail. We have provided safety mentoring and support to business leaders in across a range of industries.
The second most important aspect we believe is to have a structured and auditable approach to the design of the safety management system. The CENELEC safety standards have been developed to provide guidance in this structuring. For example, we have developed a number of safety cases in the transportation sector based upon the EN50126, EN 50128 and EN50129 standards. Using a structured approach also facilitates better measurement and audit of the anticipated outcomes.
Software systems assurance activities provide a means of controlling the risks related to these types of implementation.
We have worked extensively on the integration of new systems into existing operations. This work has involved defining new operating models, building the business processes for these models through to designing the supporting systems and identifying and managing the risks related to their implementation. Our work has ranged from design and implementation of corporate asset management systems through to verification and validation of localised control systems. One key factor in ensuring the success of these projects has been the use of experts in the delivery who have deep domain knowledge in the delivery.
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We have supported some of the largest infrastructure projects around the world. By implementing a proactive approach and by applying our insight, experience and knowledge to generate innovative, sustainable outcomes we are able to provide our clients with both commercial and technical advantages.