Integrated Project Delivery or IPD is all about improving the overall efficiency of an entire project. The concept involves developing a leadership team during the initial planning stages of a project that involve all the major entities involved in the project, the owners, engineers, architect, contractor and major subcontractors or suppliers.
Instead of each party being strictly focused on their own aspect of the project, the team is able to see how all the pieces of the project need to work together. This way logistical problems can be solved on the drawing board, before they ever happen, instead of in the midst of production.
With all the major parties taking part in developing the project schedule and project budgeting, change orders, which create time and cost overruns, can be minimized. Input and communication during the initial planning stages of a project, by all the major parties involved on a project, means that the project schedule will have a higher level of accuracy when the project begins. This enables every phase to run smoother, and the smoother a project runs the less wasted time is incurred due to unexpected hurdles that need to be overcome.
DMS has seen the great advantage of IPD relationships and is ready to step into position as a team player during the planning stages of all its projects.