Our Design Paradigm

Project Design Process

Civil Design Studio is proficient at coordinating with a diverse group of project teams, consultants, agencies and owners. Our project experience and professional training result in a well-coordinated project management and production process that follows the project from entitlements through occupancy. The following process ensures successful projects and return clients.

1. Determine Success Factors

Before we begin work on any project, we identify project goals and objectives to make sure we understand the scope of work. Understanding our client’s needs and expectations helps us design the project right, the first time. With a defined scope of work, a project schedule can be developed and met.

2. Identify Roles and Responsibilities

Once the project scope is clear determined and the client’s needs are understood, we evaluate the project team and verify that all of our staff as well as the other project consultants understand and accept the tasks at hand. Identifying key contact information, clear action items and project responsibilities provide the client and all of the consultants a strong foundation of communication.

3. Communication

Clear communication throughout the planning, design and construction process is a critical element of a successful project. Civil Design Studio uses cloud based technology to distribute project documents to ensure all team members have access to all of the project information in a timely fashion. Civil Design Studio’s automated project distribution lists keep everyone in the loop.

4. Focus and Accountability

Our approach is simple. One Project Manager, one Engineer. On a small project, the project manager and engineer are one in the same person. On larger projects, one project manager can direct finite design elements each to one engineer that will stay with that element of the project. This approach allows us to stay fast, nimble and responsible.

Our staff members are focused civil engineers or engineers in training that we are grooming to be productive engineers. Our engineers are afforded state of the art equipment, workstations and software to make sure they have the tools they need to do the job properly.

5. Quality Control

Quality control starts before we begin project designs. Each project is reviewed by the design engineer and key design constraints are identified and verified. Throughout the design process detailed design and plan preparation checklists, developed over years of experience, are used as an essential tool to make sure our plans are complete. Before plans are distributed they receive an internal peer review. All plans are ultimately reviewed and signed by a Principal, ensuring that standards are kept high.

6. Project Follow-up

Each project is evaluated internally at two stages: plan approval and completion of construction. Client satisfaction, timing, resource effectiveness, and individual performance are evaluated to determine project success. We gather feedback from clients, consultants and staff to determine what works, and what we can learn from the project. Perhaps the most important evaluation comes from the field. Requests for information are reviewed and evaluated for significance in the project design process.
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