RMIT University Capital Development Program Technical Coordination and Peer Review

Client: RMIT University

Location: RMIT University, all Victorian campuses

Year: 2014-2016

Challenge: During 2014-2016, RMIT University was in the process of delivering 129 Capital Development Program (CDP) Projects simultaneously. This CDP included new constructions, major building and precinct redevelopments, building services and architectural refurbishments, and annual works of building services infrastructure upgrade, repair and maintenance works.

The challenge was to understand and manage risks associated with business interruption and technical interface/integration during projects design and implementation, conducted in the context of a live teaching, learning and research environment.

FGA Role: FGA's role was to provide coordination and engineering peer review of all CDP Projects, acting as the technical advisor to the University's Project Management Office. This function was to provide oversight, coordination and control with technical risk management for building services (mechanical, electrical, hydraulic) interfaces across the Property Services Group (Projects, Facilities, Space Planning, Finance). FGA's function also included advisory to the RMIT CDP Steering Committee, and regular reporting and advisory to the RMIT Property Services executive group.

Outcomes: The technical coordination and peer reviews identified interface issues and risks which were prioritised, reviewed with the relevant consultant teams, with solutions finalised prior to works implementation. These interventions successfully provided coordination of design documentation with respect to technical interfaces, mitigating key risks to business interruption, projects cost variations, and construction delays.