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Front End Planning: A Roadmap to Project Success

Greater Time and Cost Savings with Fewer Changes

Front End Planning

Front End Planning (FEP) is the discovery process that ACS uses to take a project from initiation to baseline development, setting the stage for successful execution. FEP creates the vital link between business needs, project strategy, scope, budget, and schedule early in the process. We evaluate risks, align stakeholders, and allocate company resources effectively.

This makes investments incrementally and on a smaller scale, minimizing risk and fostering realignment of the scope, schedule, and budget with the business case demands. The result is the highest potential for the best possible outcome before significant money is spent.

The purpose of front end planning construction is to fully define program requirements as an integrated whole, translate these into concepts, and advance the concepts for all scope elements. Working with your team, ACS develops a total project budget and an overall program schedule to provide a FEP report tailored to your requirements. This report supports moving the project forward into execution.

FEP guarantees a facility is designed from the inside out. Designing a new industrial building, technical center, or Research and Development (R&D) facility requires prioritizing testing objectives and then building out from the core components and processes. The initial stage of an inside-out design strategy involves understanding the facility’s testing program, objectives, data needs, and processes. This proactive planning approach establishes the design and acceptance criteria deliverables for the facility, encompassing current usage requirements, anticipated future needs for potential expansion, and evolving technology. The ability to influence project costs is greatest during planning. By sequencing design and preconstruction so your team can procure long lead time equipment early, it’s possible to stay adaptable to needs and accelerate project completion from the beginning.

Acceptance Criteria Defined

Defining “acceptance criteria” answers the vital, central question upfront: “What does ‘done’ look like for this project?” Armed with a clear definition of the testing and process requirements, we analyze equipment vendors and start specification development early to ensure critical goals are met. This makes the acceptance criteria deliverables of your project a consistent focus at every stage of the project right from the onset. Clearly defined acceptance criteria precisely articulates the envisioned outcome with input from facility managers, test requestors, operators, integrators, and other stakeholders. By keeping a clear vision of what “done” looks like, the facility’s users are primed to have access to all necessary data to achieve their day-to-day objectives successfully, safely, and consistently. Once front end planning and acceptance criteria including preconstruction are established, the next phase is the design and engineering process.

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Bringing Vision and Performance Together

ACS provides a full range of expertise within each of our primary areas of service. We combine our knowledge of building design and construction with expertise and understanding of equipment, testing, process systems, automation, and controls for clients who require high performance solutions.