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Even though technological advancements have proved their mettle in various fields including the construction industry, many builders are reluctant to use technology because they are used to doing things the old fashion or are not aware of new technology. Organizations require a consultant that can help them identify and leverage tangible value out of technological elements such as 4D planning and BIM. They also require services to enlighten them on utilizing the latest technology in construction planning, claims, and disputes. Something FC International already specializes at. The company offers a unique and distinguished combination of technical expertise and management experience that helps clients resolve complex issues related to programming, delay claims, and project management to achieve project success. “We help clients gain benefits of the implementation of technology in construction to save time and money while reaping the benefits of higher profitability,” says Fouad El Chikhani, director of the company.
FC International was founded in 2010 to combat the dramatic increase in construction claims and dispute cases caused by technological advancement and complex business relationships, leading to a delay in completion of construction projects. The company was set up to provide robust construction programming to help mitigate these issues and ensure a greater number of projects are completed successfully. Today, FC International empowers its clients with comprehensive scheduling and 4D planning, claims resolution, and management consulting services.
Finally, FC International puts its claims and resolution skills into action by conducting forensic analysis to help clients foresee potential disputes/ gaps and provides them with a number of solutions for being proactive by combining technologies like 4D planning and BIM to resolve disputes. The company prides at its team members who have invaluable technical skills and knowledge that brings FC International ahead of other consultants. “We apply these skills and knowledge on a daily basis to help resolve the challenges that owners, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and architects face throughout the construction life cycle,” explains Chikhani.
In one instance, Mt Eden Prison’s Corrections Facility required to redevelop its facility to increase the capacity of prisoners and also the repurposing of an existing building for the Auckland Police Custody Unit. FC International is engaged to undertake full programme management and program monitoring and control for the entire project. The company was involved in the different phases of the project pre-construction for 4D planning and contractual advice, procurement to review and assess the tender program and finally the construction stage for monitoring the impact of potential design changes. FC International also provides reports to assist key stakeholders in understanding the actual progress.
Currently, the majority of the company’s work is around resolving issues and disputes, however, its long term goal is to become the leaders in delivering projects with minimum issues by utilizing technology in construction and management. “We are always researching and investing in new technology to deliver construction projects in more efficient ways and to convert the perception of ‘construction is dry and litigious’ to ‘construction is fun and exciting,’” says Chikhani.