CPMS understands that successful project delivery requires a single source of reliable and controlled truth to facilitate informed and efficient decision making.

Our Project Controls and Governance offering goes beyond establishing and operating systems and processes to control project information, our skill is how our specialist team brings information to life.

We have experts in planning, reporting, cost engineering, estimating and risk management.

Our planning experts have not only pioneered 4D planning – the integration of design modelling with Oracle Primavera © sequencing – but continuously work hard to maximise the integrity of possession programmes for our clients where accurate programmes, updates and forecasts, are essential to make sure the railway reopens on time.

The team have a wide range of experience in differing sectors from nuclear, oil and gas, water, defence and healthcare. We always seek to import best practice and find the right solution for our clients.

CPMS recognise that to deliver success we need simple clear and easy to understand reports that are used and embraced by project teams.

We always seek to implement the best system for our clients - embracing new solutions like Tableau © or Microsoft Power BI © - but also recognising that smaller scale projects and teams simply need a traffic light report or whiteboard update. We listen to our clients to make sure they have the right tools to deliver success.

We support clients navigating and controlling imbedded governance processes like Network Rail's Guide to Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) and provide advice on creating and embedding governance processes for new teams.

Pioneering 4D planning on Gospel Oak to Barking civil engineering

CPMS was the first company within the rail industry to use 4D (3D + time) building information modelling (BIM) on a large scale to animate plans in real time and identify work package clashes.

Introducing the fourth dimension of time enabled the various contractors, consultants and clients to all get involved in planning and see the impact of their actions on each other.

What made this 4D model pioneering was its scale. Previous models created within the rail industry concentrated on a small section of track (typically a couple of hundred meters) and included around 2,000 lines of information from a Gantt chart - detailing tasks and events against time. Our model incorporated over 10,000 lines of information across a 14-mile-long worksite. By adjusting one element of information we could instantly see the future implications across the whole route and proactively resolve any issues that might arise. The cost involved in closing the Gospel Oak to Barking route on a typical weekend was around £80,000. Making the ability to save time, and therefore substantial amounts of money, vital.

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