Offsite construction - Terrapin Ltd.

Interview 3 (Terrapin Ltd)

Q: What are the benefits of offsite, both overall and when applied to certain jobs and situations?

A: The benefits of offsite are for the improvement in quality, performance, time, health & safety, risk, sustainability and lean. Major benefit when it applies to multi skills work and when there is factory continuity

Q: Are there any specific impediments that are restricting the use of offsite’s methods?

A: Cost, appearance, threat to existing process to consultant

Q: What organisation structure that is favorable to offsite organisation?

A: Sales, design, manufacture, contract, erect

Q: What management style suit the offsite organisation?

A: Integrated team

Q:  How does the company identify the market segment for offsite?

A:  Brand awareness, market growth, acceptability, size and specialist

Q:  What kind of investment is vital to offsite organisation?

A:  Design, product, factory and market brand

Q: What is the best business strategy for offsite in order to win tender and survive in the competitive market?

A:  Various. Focus in cost, quality and performance

Q: What is your point of view in market perception on company branding and reputation?

A:  Very Important

Q:  How is your view on training requirement for staff in offsite companies?

A: Needed

Q: How do offsite companies focus on identified and quantified market opportunities?

A: Survey and market data

Q:  How does the company evaluate the potential use of offsite?

A:  Experience and working closely with clients and market’s stakeholders

Q: What is it in leadership and corporate motivation that exhibits your move to use offsite?

A:  Important

Q:  What is the risk in offsite?

A:  One source supply, unique product

Q:  What is it in Risk Management that exhibits your move to use offsite?

A:  Lloyd scheme. Identify and mitigate risk in construction process

Q:  How does the decision to use offsite effecting traditional procurement and cost control strategies?

A:  Very different. Most QS do not understand and create problem to offsite

Q: Explain offsite estimation, bid and tendering as opposed to traditional build?

A: Standard pricing. Quantity, speed and standardisation

Q:  What is it in offsite supply chain as opposed to traditional build?

A: Long term mutual benefit development

Q: Explain cost control as compared to traditional build?

A: Similar but more accurate

Q: How significant a thorough project planning to manage delivery phasing and scheduling in offsite projects?

A: Very important

Q:  Describe the importance of Just in Time principal in offsite projects?

A: Very but not solely

Q:  How important the relation and communication with other stakeholders in offsite?

A: Critical

Q: Describe the role IT in offsite works?

A: CAD/CAM, monitoring, costing and lead management

Q: How suppliers and specialist sub-contractors are chosen to undertake offsite jobs?

A: Domestic and long term

Q: What is your view on strategic alliance and partnering with suppliers and specialist sub-contractors?

A: Important

Q: Have you initiate any programs, agendas, or activities to facilitate the use of offsite in your organisation? Change Management? Continues Improvement? Benchmarking?

A: Yes, all

Q: Explain contractor’s role in design in offsite work as for conventional tendering?

A: Harmonisation

Q: Explain optimisation and standardisation requirements for offsite?

A: Varies, maximum standardisation with maximum visual variety and impact 

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