Osama Fahmy, Project Director, Projacs International
Established in 1984, in Kuwait, Projacs International is reputed for providing the highest level of professional Project Management services initially in the Arabian Gulf and later throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The company has been involved in many prestigious projects across the Middle East, the latest feather in its cap being the Doha World Trade Centre project in Qatar. Elaborating on its role in this prestigious project, Osama Fahmy, Project Director, also elucidates on the company's operations and its future initiatives.
Kindly elaborate on the various project management services provided for the Doha World Trade Centre Project and the main vision behind its development?
Projacs International, along with with QGIRCO as the owner and GRECO as developer, provided comprehensive and tailored services for the DWTC project since its inception. These included providing the design brief, appointing consultants, design management, value engineering, endering and awarding of construction packages during pre-construction stage. Services during the construction stage included all aspects of project management, client representation and contract administration.
What were the major challenges faced during the construction of the project?
As the whole region was reeling under the effects of economic recession, we had to completely revamp our project strategies. As the older theory of 'design and build' would not work in such a scenario, the client established a new - open competition-procurement platform - to increase the feasibility of the project.
What was the brief given to the contractors for the design and construction of the project?
As the client was determined to achieve the best value for his money, the contractors were provided with complete information on the design and construction of the project. This helped in avoiding ambiguities, besides minimising pricing risks.
What are the various software tools utilised for the management of the project<
Projacs International utilised its state-of-the-art PROJACSPROMIS system for the project. Developed in-house, by the company specialists, this software integrates project controls with a powerful communication and document control platform, linking all stakeholders together, for optimum project performance.
How was the decision for volume of materials required and their supplier arrived at? Who were the major suppliers?
Normally, the main 'tender procurement strategy' renders the responsibility of hiring suppliers and subcontractors to the main contractor. The responsibility for the procurement of the required materials also falls under this category. However for this project, a clause was included in the contract that enabled the client to approve all major subcontractors and suppliers, and also review material and equipment selections. Though some of these key players are members of Arabtec's Group, many independent companies have also been hired.
How was the transportation of the materials and equipment to the site achieved?
All three modes of transport - land, air and sea were utilised for the project. The materials that were required urgently were transported through air from countries as far as the US and China, but the majority of shipments were made through the sea route.
Was any specific training provided for the project. Kindly elaborate on the same?
Providing on-job training to its team is a part of Projacs International's culture and one of its specialties. For this project, the staff was trained in all project control systems in the early stage of the project along with operation and maintenance in the later stage.
Also, elucidate on the post contract services provided for the project?
Our services for the post occupancy stage included facilities management and optimum service integration throughout the project's lifecycle.
Elaborate on your other ongoing projects?
Projacs International's projects in Qatar include those for the state olympic committee, besides other public and private developments, such as Kahramaa Headquarters, MILAHA Tower, Qatar Entertainment City, Doha Oasis, etc.
What are your plans for the future?
Projacs International, along with its affiliate company NQP, is expanding its market share to include all aspects of development and construction services such as project, construction management and construction supervision and facilities management. The company also adds new projects to its portfolio every month.