Are you planning to construct a bridge or heavy structure? Confused as to which contractor or civil engineering firm to approach? If these are your questions, then we help you find the right answers. Read on as we unveil the top 6 qualities of an ideal civil infrastructure firm.
Experience: Needless to mention that experience plays a crucial role in any field. And in civil engineering, the more the experience, the better the ability to complete the project seamlessly. Several studies have suggested that before taking up major projects like bridge construction etc., the contractor or firm should have had at least 10+ years of proven experience. Several studies mentioned the maximum number of structural failures were because of a lack of end-to-end experience in civil engineering with special attention to design and different types of load testing.
Workforce: The leadership team and workforce are the ones who would be involved in the end-to-end operations. Every vendor or county or association must ensure that the civil engineering enterprise must have at least a couple of registered professional engineers (P.E s). Only a P.E would have thorough knowledge about the structure and can analyze the other elements such as soil type etc. to ensure the health of the structure.
Leverage Technology: Experience, when bundled with technology, can give us astounding results. We are now in a rapid era where we can assess and monitor the health of the structure by leveraging IoT and other disruptive technologies. So, make sure that the company that you approach can make use of the technology. Apart from this, cloud-based technology helps in achieving better transparency as the risk of damage to the documents can be eliminated besides helping everyone in the project stay on the same page. According to a study by McKinsey, civil engineering companies shelled out an approximate $1.7Bn in embracing ERP alone while $1.4Bn was spent for leveraging equipment management software. However, do you know that only 8% of civil engineering companies embraced digital transformation? So, check if your vendor is within that 8%. If yes, then transparency is surely on cards.
Credentials: Now comes the crucial part—the credentials. Do you know that every state has a set of its regulatory compliances that enterprises need to adhere to? Now that civil engineering enterprises also leverage technology, there are two things that a firm needs to keep a tab on—the regulatory compliances pertaining to structures/environments as listed out by the U.S Corps of Engineers (USCAE), and data regulatory compliances such as PII (personally identifiable information). In case, your prospective vendor doesn’t have any of these compliances, it’s safe to let it go.
A Good Website: Technically, it shouldn’t matter whether your vendor has a website. However, here are the reasons as to why a website is crucial. (i) You can check the website if it has the information as informed by the vendor. This essentially contains information pertaining to not just services but certification and regulatory compliances. (ii) You can check if the website contains the registered address. A good enterprise would surely mention the address.
Agility: Good enterprises or vendors are adaptive, they go an extra mile to see the clients happy and it happens only when the workforce is ready to finetune the work as per the client’s requirements and within the deadlines.