What is IPD
IPD uses a team-based approach in every phase of the pipeline project. Instead of each party focussing exclusively on their scope, IPD brings every team member together at the beginning of the project. This allows for collaboration in all phases of the project. It starts with streamlined planning, decision making, and the development of a plan for execution where all interests are aligned to meet the objectives of the project. This better way of managing pipeline projects can reduce or eliminate change orders, schedule delays, poor construction quality, cost uncertainty, and broken relationships.
5 elements of IPD model
Early involvement of key participants
Shared risk and reward based on project outcome
Joint project control
Reduced liability exposure
Jointly developed and validated targets
Who is on the IPD team?
Key team members include the Project Owner, EPCM Consultant (Plex), Pipeline Contractors, and a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will be made of non-project members from the Project Owner, EPCM Consultant, and Pipeline Contractor. Any third-party services will be chosen and managed by Plex Projects as the EPCM Consultant.
Early involvement by key participants is why the IPD model works so well. Joint project control with shared targets and shared risk will bring a shared reward based on project outcome. Everyone is equally invested in the project’s success. For this to work, continuous, open communication is required between the parties. Transparency and clear communication ensure everyone is in check, and that project control is balanced equally to serve the interests of all parties.
Plex has support from the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance who is made up of team members who have been successfully utilizing IPD in other industries. More information is available at their website www.ipda.ca.