Conducting a risk assessment prior to or during the construction process provides the client with a comprehensive overview of possible risks and opportunities that might affect the intended result. At an early stage, potential obstacles and opportunities are identified and made manageable, optimizing the construction process. If the assessment is used as an evaluation tool after completion of the construction process or during the operational phase, key concerns and important measures can be identified for optimization. Unexpected events which have (had) a negative impact on the construction process or business operations can be detected and avoided.
Common purpose and awareness
In the different construction and management processes, various disciplines and departments provide input to achieve the intended (project) result. It is remarkable that generally speaking each discipline or department more often than not focuses exclusively on its own area of responsibility. In many cases, the possible consequences for the other parties involved are overlooked. With the help of a thorough integrated risk inventory, individual ideas and plans are attuned to each other which lead to cross-disciplinary approaches and possibly innovative views.
For instance, a ATES installation is prescribed. “What will be the consequences for the design of the mechanical installations? How does this affect the electrical installations? What will be the risks for the management and the operation and organization? What will be the impact on the day-to-day operations”
In this way, people learn from each other’s insights and a widely supported integral picture of the main risks arises. Once there is awareness of the general risks involved, the next goal is to collectively think and communicate in a proactive way about the potential risks and solution.
The risk assessment is a tool, that helps the different disciplines and departments involved to achieve a feasible project within realistic (project) frameworks and a robust operation. By proactively involving the different disciplines and departments while also evaluating and updating the assessment, the set objectives are kept up-to-date, and may be corrected in time so that the intended result is achieved correctly and within the agreed frameworks.