Policy consulting and advisory
Construction Projects are very Capital Intensive Undertakings which require thousands of dollars to be executed. In any such expensive venture, it is extremely vital to be sure that the investment is carefully planned and that it will give the required Rate of return on the capital invested. We carry out studies to analyze the Economic Effectiveness of the proposed Investment. This in simple terms is a comparison between the amount of monies invested and the returns anticipated. The Client avails us the Investment preliminary information for instance, the amount of funds available for investment and the desired return on the funds; the proposed location of the investment and an idea of the type (say apartment block, residential house for rent, an office block etc). We then calculate the corresponding evaluation indices for the different projects. We compute such indicators like the Pay Back period, the Profitability Index, the internal rate of Return etc. Using these, a comparison is done on which investment is more profitable and the Client is advised accordingly. Our research has established that one of the difficulties in carrying out project economic effectiveness analyses is the lack of reliable data in Africa. In view of that the firm is over time developing its own data bases to be used in Uganda. It is worth noting that the practice of evaluating how profitable an investment will be has not been so widely used especially on small private investments in Uganda. Clients decide on which projects they want to invest in using different parameters e.g. advice from friends or that’s the trend etc. However given the fact that today some of the monies for construction are borrowed from Banks, it has become increasing paramount to be sure that the Project will produce the anticipated revenue on completion. Our research has also revealed that TIME is an important factor when determining the effectiveness of a Project. We are living a world that is rapidly changing and not many factors remain constants, so when money is being invested in any project, all its plans have to be executed in the planned time frames, any delays will have a negative effect on the Project, this most Clients are yet to appreciate. We are proud to report that on action of our advice several of our clients have turned their former ideas into great investment and profitable ventures.

Project Finance Management
Investment in a constructed facility represents a cost in the short term that returns benefits only over the long term use of the facility. Thus, costs occur earlier than the benefits, and owners of facilities must obtain the capital resources to finance the costs of construction. A project cannot proceed without adequate financing, and the cost of providing adequate financing can be quite large. For these reasons, attention to project finance is an important aspect of project management. Finance is also a concern to the other organizations involved in a project such as the general contractor and material suppliers. Unless an owner immediately and completely covers the costs incurred by each participant, these organizations face financing problems of their own. In essence, the Project Finance problem is to obtain funds to bridge the time between making expenditures and obtaining revenues. Based on the conceptual plan, the cost estimate and the construction plan, we estimate the cash flow of costs and receipts for a project. Normally, this cash flow will involve expenditures in early periods. Covering this negative cash balance in the most beneficial or cost effective fashion is the project finance problem that we seek to solve for its clients. There are several options that can be considered such as using the Clients savings in the first part of the Project, then obtaining a loan at the completion stage, or taking a mortgage etc. Each of these options MUST be carefully analyzed.

Project Management Services

The firm also has keen interest in Managing Construction projects. We have offered these services to some of our Clients who have found our advice very helpful. Our skills and competences in project Management include the following; Preparation of a comprehensive construction project brief, showing the required facilities to be accommodated in the proposed project with their respective square areas and standard design parameters. Organising and coordinating the receipt and management of the Project Stakeholders expectations, after which drawing up strategies of how these will be achieved during the project planning and execution stages. Carrying out feasibility studies for Construction investment projects to ascertain the rate of return on investment, payback period and project profitability index. Project Integration Management  preparation of a Project charter, project statement of work, examining the project selection criteria, developing a preliminary project scope statement and finally developing a Project plan. Project scope management planning the project scope; creating a scope management plan that clearly indicates the procedure of how changes on the project will be handled so as to ensure minimum effect on the planned project time table and budgets; defining the required project deliverables. Project time management -defining the project activities; decomposing work packages; creating project schedules; determining required time lags and lead times developing a mechanism allowing for evaluation of the Project progress, estimation of contract time left to completion in relation to work volumes still outstanding on a project. Preparation of tender documents, supervision of Bids receipt, opening and evaluation to select Best Evaluated Bidder, including the writing of Bid evaluation reports for consideration and final decision by the Client.
Developing most suited criteria for Bid evaluation, their hierarchy and marks to be awarded to each criterion, how each bidder's strengths and weaknesses are evaluated.

Project Design & Construction Management
After Project Feasibility Studies, determined that the results are positive and acceptable to the Client, the firm proceeds to this very important stage of the Project. The following is the proposed methodology of how we propose to handle the project from start to completion.

Research in PPPs

Using the expertise of our some of our Senior staff, we also carry out research in the various fields of the Construction industry: New materials development; Guidelines and Documentation preparation; Construction firms� management; consultancy management etc. The bid is to avail the young construction industries in Africa the right resources for development. Plans are also underway to create a Construction library in Uganda with materials for all classes of people ranging from the school going to Consultants. This is in the bid to bridge the gap of lack of up-to-date information.