OUR SERVICES

We provide technical management consulting services for major infrastructure initiatives. We deliver services that bridge the gap between project owners, engineers, contractors and other stakeholders. Our service offerings are responsive to each client and project requirements. This is often done by way of project leadership, strategic advice, commercial services, and implementation support.

The following summarizes our major areas of project services:

Project Lifecycle Leadership
Project Development Support
Project Implementation Advisory

Project
Lifecyle Leadership

CJI provides owners with senior staff embedded in key leadership roles (such as Project Director or Chief Project Officer) for major infrastructure projects.

These assignments typically occur where clients face the delivery of infrastructure at a scale beyond their experience or current capacity and require a trusted project leader.

Usually, this service is part of an integrated offering that includes related project or program management responsibilities. It has been CJI’s experience that these assignments are most effective when established in the definition phase. CJI can lead the development of high performing teams capable of effectively managing the project through implementation.

CJI provides project management services for infrastructure-related projects. Responsibilities typically include planning, budgeting, controls, and collaborating with the Owner’s team to advance a project through development and implementation.

Clients value our ability to integrate the work of multiple stakeholders and professional to provide clarity in support of strategic decision making. We are also valued for our focus on adapting our management structures to our client’s context.

CJI provided services of this nature for the BC MOT’s North Shore Bridges Retrofit Project and, in the past, provided similar services for the City of Vancouver’s Powell Street Overpass, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Waterfront Road Project.

CJI leads the establishment of program management systems that permit integrated management and control of infrastructure programs and project portfolios.

We provide this leadership when multiple funding and delivery partners impose requirements on the delivery agency.

CJI facilitates alignment between project partners through all lifecycle phases.

These partnerships often yield compounding benefits, unlocking access to new funding and technical solutions.

Project Development Support

CJI helps clients develop strategies that overcome project barriers.

Together, we develop approaches that adhere to the owner’s strategic objectives and identifies project beneficiaries, and address the interests of key stakeholders.

The result is a project that meets objectives, packaged with the support required for successful implementation.

We have supported strategic project development during:

  • business case development targeting federal funding programs;
  • white paper development identifying strategic opportunities;
  • transportation network studies that couple community and trade benefits through project bundling; and
  • assessing and recommending strategies to successfully achieve the goals outlined in a client’s capital plan.

CJI supports owners facing critical decisions balancing portfolios by providing objective, evidence-based analysis. This work includes multiple account evaluation, risk and opportunity assessment, funding optimization analysis, and asset lifecycle costing.

Our broad-based technical understanding allows us to translate capital planning into implementable strategies that accommodate stakeholder needs, plus client capacity to bring objectives to ground.

CJI collaborated with partners to provide such an analysis for the senior and municipal governments with a focus on using project finance tools to accelerate project delivery to achieve strategic objectives.

A comprehensive business case is critical to establishing a basis for the approval of investment decisions and demonstrates how a project achieves corporate and funding agency objectives.

CJI has led public sector organizations in their business case preparation to target partnership and senior government funding opportunities.

Delivery agencies of major capital programs face the complex task of securing both grant and equity funding. In both cases, CJI assists in the alignment of capital programs with funding objectives and criteria through opportunity identification, screening, analysis, and funding application development.

CJI understands the crucial role of active risk management through the project lifecycle. Supported by our broad experience across multiple project disciplines and phases, and our specialized Quantitative Risk Assessment acumen, we guide clients in managing risk exposures to:

  • Facilitate the realization of Program and Project Objectives;
  • Provide confidence to project leadership through clear and timely communication of project risk exposures;
  • Assist in the development and implementation monitoring of actionable mitigation plans that effectively reduce risk exposures;
  • Advise on risk transfer and sharing strategies that reflect project specifics and organizational risk tolerance;
  • Assist in the establishment of appropriately scaled contingency provisions;
  • Drive the minimization of the impact of project risks by promoting informed and timely decision making at strategic, tactical, and operational levels; and
  • Identity project opportunities and drive the realization of those presenting the most value.

CJI has led, overseen, and provided expertise in the execution of risk management and Quantitative Risk Assessment initiatives for various projects, including multi-billion-dollar projects for clients such as City of Vancouver, Port of Vancouver, and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

CJI is experienced assessing existing project management delivery systems. These reviews employ a variety of lenses that include system maturity, assessment against industry standards and best practices, and stage gate readiness.

Our delivery systems assessments for portfolios, programs and projects commonly include:

  • assessments of system capacity, suitability, and readiness in consideration of project objectives, project scope, lifecycle stage, project complexity, contract model, etc.;
  • provision of valued-based recommendations tailored to project scope and scale;
  • assessments of, not only project controls systems, but all aspects of project delivery, including procurement, approvals & permitting, partnerships, funding, project governance, operations, and project scope;
  • support of organizational change management required for approval and adoption of recommended changes that present the greatest client value; and
  • support and lead the implementation of systems.

Project Implementation Advisory

No single contracting model or delivery strategy is appropriate for all projects. The adoption of an optimal procurement model is supported by a comprehensive assessment of client, stakeholder, project, and market factors.

CJI assesses and recommends procurement and contracting strategies by balancing project and market factors with client priorities and constraints. This approach unlocks value and helps our clients achieve capital program objectives.

To minimize project cost and schedule risk, it is critical that planning and design incorporate not only technical resolutions but also address constructability. Realistic expectations require constructability to be incorporated into project schedule, scope, and cost. .

CJI retains a team of seasoned professionals to provide constructability assessments, either as part of a project team or as a third party. Our ability to identify the concerns of owners, stakeholders, and construction experts leads to the identification of risks or issues that had not been accounted for in existing estimates or designs.

Our work in this area is undergirded by our broad understanding of the many elements of successful project delivery, from the perspectives of owners and other stakeholders.

We recently provided these services for the VFPA’s Gateway Projects, the City of Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek Project, and MoTI’s Lower Lynn Phase 3 Project.

During project development, clients often engage CJI to lead or support the procurement of professional services and contractor services.

To prepare for implementation and following the adoption of a procurement strategy, CJI can help clients develop a tailored procurement process including the preparation of documentation, such as the RFQ, RFP, project agreement, and technical inputs.

CJI’s service in this area is bolstered by our ability to apply our understanding of these specialized procurements together with an attentiveness to the client’s internal approval processes.

CJI supports project owners at advancing project controls systems to provide clients transparency and insight into the possible impacts of risk exposures on project scope, schedule, and cost. A proper system serves as an authoritative single reference point for vital project information, such as baselines, estimates, progress, and forecasts.

Responding to these needs, CJI frequently conducts system maturity assessments, and leads the development of lifecycle-appropriate systems, procedures, and tools. We also oversee the training of client staff or consultants and conduct compliance reviews of project controls deliverables.

CJI supports the effective implementation and management of the construction contract.

We also bring deep experience in claims management. We are trusted to provide independent assessments for both owners and contractors, delivering impartial advice on claims preparation, response, and valuations.

Our services in this area include:

  • contractor claim preparation advice;
  • owner-side claim assessment and response strategy development;
  • independent claim assessment and determination; and
  • mediation in support of claim resolution.

The team has a wealth of experience in transportation planning, and proven capabilities in infrastructure planning and development.

Our approach recognizes the importance of relationships between government policy, technological advancements, regional growth management initiatives and land use. These interconnected elements give rise to other important societal outcomes, including economic activity, community shape and character, social connectedness and cultural cohesion. Our holistic approach will capture these additional influences and relationships to apply them in an integrated fashion so that positive and mutually reinforcing outcomes are realized across several related domains, while avoiding unintended consequences.

CJI’s experience across the multi-modes of transportation enable all stakeholders a holistic vision of transportation planning.

CJI is frequently retained by proponents on major infrastructure projects to provide independent due diligence during construction. We deliver independent lenders’ technical advisory services to banks financing P3s during the procurement and construction phases, and support to owners, concessionaires and design-builders with independent certification.

CLIENTS

CJI has provided advisory and management services to both the public and private sectors, including the following clients.