One of the fun things we do at Constructionarium Australia is observing our cohort as they go through a rapid training program. Watching teams form, seeing differing approaches, understanding backgrounds and experience is part of what makes each build unique.

And on day 2, we got to see all of that in action as the pressure was cranked up as we head towards tender submission time and tomorrow morning’s tender evaluation panels.

The cohort’s two teams have created their construction firms, and we caught up with the Bid Managers to find out their thoughts:

Dominik, Bid Manager – Team 1

Are you confident that you will submit a winning tender?

Yes, because we have identified an advantage that we believe will make us more competitive.

What do you see as the biggest challenge to delivering the project?

Short time frames for the tender.

How have you found the tender process so far?

Slow to start with, very tight deadlines and a team outside of our comfort zones, learning as we go.

What do you think your client’s main priority for the winning tender will be?

Safety and time, as well as budget.

Do you think it will be a late-night, or will the tender submission be completed well ahead of the deadline?

I think it will be a late night.

Michael, Bid Manager – Team 2

Are you confident that you will submit a winning tender?

Definitely, on the way, out collaboration, accountability and integrity will see us through.

What do you see as the biggest challenge to delivering the project?

The unknowns, we are trying to factor in every possible realistic risk, but I think that even when we are dealing with unknowns, the ingenuity of our team and our diverse skills will overcome the challenges.

How have you found the tender process so far?

It has been difficult, but the industry experts have been a great help. The knowledge they share helps points us in the right direction without gicing us the answers.

What do you think your client’s main priority for the winning tender will be?

Safety and how our work impacts their reputation.

Do you think it will be a late-night, or will the tender submission be completed well ahead of the deadline?

Yes, I think it’s going to be a late night.

On day 2, we run a split training program so that each team can work on their submission while still gaining invaluable experience from project and construction professionals.

Luke R, Dominic and Luke T joined the cohort for in-depth training sessions on effectively and efficiently managing activities, costs, and schedules using E7.

Tony Hackett joined the cohort and imparted his experience of winning major projects and provided some clear advice and insights to help the teams achieve their goals.

For our Lunch and Learn, the cohort received a masterclass in estimating from Bielby Holdings’ Sam Bates and Nigel Roberts. They shared their best practice approach to calculating project estimates and ensuring that the teams understand the need to ensure that a project accounts for all possible variables, risks and costs.

But as you would expect, for most of the day, the teams had their heads down as they got to grips with the need to ensure that they deliver a winning tender on Friday.

Who will win? That’s a story for tomorrow.  But for the rest of the day, as you curl up with a cup of cocoa and head to bed, spare a thought for our teams who are burning the midnight oil.