EPCM Projects: Construction Quality Management (CQM)

Valentin Kouprine, and Hayden Du Pont

Selecting the right project delivery method is critical in order to meet a project’s requirements and objectives. The project delivery method assigns roles, responsibilities, and liabilities to the project parties in performing, supervising, and approving.

The majority of large-scale construction projects are delivered using fixed-price and date-certain engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts. Such contracts provide customers of limited-resource projects with cost and time certainty and carry a single point of responsibility for the design, construction, and procurement of the works.

As the size and complexity of projects increase, however, and as EPC contractors’ bargaining positions improve, there is a trend for project delivery to take the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) route.

Under the EPCM project delivery mode, the EPCM contractor (performing organization) is contracted to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services. Other companies are contracted by the customer directly to provide construction services. The EPCM contractor usually manages the construction contractors and the whole project on behalf of the customer.

Generally, the cost of a project will increase by 10% to 20% when using the EPC delivery mode compared with the EPCM delivery mode.

Typically, the …


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