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Project Management

Our experts provide project management services according to industry best practices, guaranteeing the success of all projects we are entrusted with. Our teams apply recognized project management principles and ensure thorough and effective content, schedule, cost, and quality management. This reflects our standards of excellence on all accounts. 


Best practices


CIMA+ uses the earned value method to obtain cost and schedule performance indicators, which contributes to the efficient follow-up of a project, and close monitoring of its progress. This control concept is at the heart of methods used at CIMA+ as it allows us to quickly identify potentially risky situations and to take preventive action accordingly.


CIMA+ ensures that clients and partners benefit from the best practices in the field by putting together multidisciplinary teams of technical experts and project management resources. Our project management experts support the implementation team during all phases of a project with regard to scope management, control, construction management and supervision.


CIMA+ always generates quality project performance information. Our experts meticulously follow-up on project progress in a timely and dynamic manner. We provide invaluable assistance throughout a project, from start to finish, regardless of its scope.


Project control

CIMA+ relies upon experienced specialists who begin by defining and implementing the work breakdown structure. This phase acts as the foundation for drawing up a schedule and core budget for the project. The data collected during the project's execution could be compared to this baseline for the purpose of determining performance indicators to monitor and control the project efficiently.


CIMA+ ensures that the project monitoring and control cycle is initiated as soon as authorization to launch the work is received and the project scope is properly defined. This includes all the content, quality, schedule and budget parameters. Performed regularly and thoroughly, these activities provide a timely and dynamic picture of how the project is progressing. We always follow the monitoring steps, which must be done in accordance with the rules established at the beginning of the project, namely: 

  • Collecting relevant data on the progress of the project as a whole
  • Data processing according to procedures established in the management system
  • Regularly measuring and evaluating the project's progress, as well as evaluating the variations in terms of scheduling and budget planning
  • Creating various progress reports and their distribution to different internal and external decision-making bodies
  • Identifying problem situations that could impact the project's progress
  • Establishing the necessary corrective actions and the means required and, consequently, mobilizing the authorities involved with regard to the decisions to be made based on the priority and urgency of the identified problem situations
  • Implementing corrective actions and assessing the results obtained
  • Handling requests for change related to the scope of the work

Project control carried out by the CIMA+ experts is based on the control of time, cost, scope and risks, and it is realized as follows:


Schedule and Cost Management


The Project Control Officer during construction is responsible for: 

  • running on-site control activities;
  • planning;
  • measuring work progress;
  • controlling costs;
  • creating a link with project accounting;
  • administrating the services of the site office;
  • managing documentation.

Each contractor must prepare a project program that is integrated into the project schedule after validation by the Project Leader.


As requested by the Project Control Officer, the site Planning Supervisor must prepare a work progress table for each construction contract that contains: 

  • the contract's weighted value;
  • the anticipated percentage of work completed per period;
  • the actual percentage of work completed;
  • the duration of activities;
  • the S curves comparing anticipated progress with actual progress.

The person in charge of planning, estimating and cost control (PEC) also writes a weekly report on the progress of the work and each contractor's productivity. The collected data are mapped onto the progress charts, the labour charts and the project program updates.


Controlling contractor productivity makes it possible to monitor work progress and determine labour needs, while assessing contractor claims, where necessary.


Scope/Content Management


To ensure that the project scope is managed efficiently, CIMA+ calls on project management specialists who define the project content in terms of deliverables and work packages to develop the work breakdown structure.


Along with setting the parameters that will ensure the project's success and allow the project's goals to be achieved, our experts implement a project scope management process to: 

  • predict, detect and control any change in scope;
  • set up a contingency plan;
  • ensure that decisions made in response to change requests are communicated to all stakeholders;
  • measure project performance.

Risk Management


Risk management goes through organizing and conducting risk analysis meetings with all affected stakeholders (managers, engineers, users, operators, etc.). It is then important to manage identified risks by monitoring them at regular intervals or at determined checkpoints, by developing and deploying a mitigation plan, where necessary, and introducing risk management support tools. Risk management also includes sustained interaction with all other relevant fields of knowledge concerning their own risks, especially that of cost and schedule management.


Risk management consists of identifying project risk factors and analyzing these factors to prevent or respond to them appropriately whenever they occur throughout the project, in accordance with the established objectives. Therefore, it consists of optimizing project results with regard to time and cost, while maintaining the required level of quality in terms of deliverables.


The risk management strategy is established at the beginning and maintained throughout the project. The risk management strategy to implement as part of the projects in collaboration with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) should include the planning of the project and the procurement necessary to complete it. In order to ensure sound risk management for the project, members of each interest group will be involved in risk management.


The process includes the following steps: 

  • risk identification;
  • risk quantification.

Responses to risk factors


The team will be able to determine the best means of dealing with project risks by: 

  • identifying the risks associated with the areas of uncertainty in the project;
  • assessing the risk impact on the scope, the product, the schedule and the cost of the project;
  • calculating occurrence probability and impact;
  • quantifying the risks and the solutions to reduce or avoid them;
  • establishing a risk directory and communicating risk and proposed mitigation measures;
  • integrating the decisions made throughout the project.

The risk management plan shall be reviewed by the consultant as the project progresses and the risk analysis is refined.

Construction Management

CIMA+ has carried out large-scale projects in which they were responsible for construction management. In this capacity, the team developed a rigorous production procedure in order to achieve quality deliverables. The role of construction management is incorporated into project management and entrusted to a Construction Manager.  


As part of site management, CIMA+ ensures the smooth running of the following operations: 

  • Resident engineering
  • Work management and contract administration
  • Materials management

Resident Engineering


The Construction Manager is responsible for interpreting technical documents and implementing the site quality control program. He is responsible for administering and following up on subcontractor contracts entrusted to testing companies, laboratories, as well as for businesses hired to survey the locations.


Work management and contract administration


As a general rule, construction contracts are issued by the client. Changes to be made to contract terms are negotiated on site and approved by the Project Manager. Once approved, they are forwarded to the design offices in order to issue a contract amendment.


Materials management


The Construction Manager maintains a working relationship with the Supply Manager and oversees the smooth running of the following operations: 

  • Warehouse materials and equipment management
  • Inventory audit
  • Follow-up



CIMA+ provides procurement where necessary (call for tenders, bid evaluations and awarding of construction contracts). To this end, CIMA+ prepares calls for tender and supporting documentation, ensures the administration of bidder queries during calls for tender, the training and administration of analysis committees and the selection of proposals, as well as the drafting of recommendations.


CIMA+ also represents the interests of clients in pre-purchase mode for materials or services, where necessary, according to government standards and compliant with appropriate management documents, chosen in collaboration with the client.


In general, the client issues construction contracts. Changes to be made to contract conditions are negotiated on site and approved by the Project Leader. Once approved, they are forwarded to the planning offices in order to issue a contract amendment.


Contracts are administered according to the following criteria: 

  • Tight control over progress and final payments
  • Verification of documents given to contractors
  • Acknowledgement and determination of all changes made to the scope of work
  • Timely negotiation and agreement regarding all changes to the scope of work or conditions that have an impact on costs
  • Verification of material quantities required by contractors and costing
  • Management of communications with contractors and the client
  • Determining situations that will generate additional costs and delays, and development of mitigation measures

Health and Safety

CIMA+ provides supervision as part of projects in which several contractors work in shared zones or on large-scale projects. To this end, CIMA+ fulfills all obligations assigned to the principal contractor by occupational health and safety laws and regulations. In addition to preparing and implementing a health and safety prevention program that respects CSST requirements, CIMA+ also provides staff who perform site inspections, monitor the program and lead applicable regulatory meetings.














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