Project Controls


Project controls has been a core competency since inception of Pangea back in 2014. We have successfully established ourselves as one of the agile and fast-growing firms in Southern Africa to deliver planning, schedule control, delay and disruption analysis, BIM services and field construction monitoring in the industry.

With recent developments in our IT and digitalization domain, we have expanded our services to include the greater domain of project controls including cost estimating and control, quantity surveying, document management and control as well as project data analysis and management.

Project controls comes through the ability to tie all these elements together into one structured / integrated view of the project. The un-integrated approach may provide adequate business control in each area but does not offer strong overall project controls.

At Pangea, the integrated project controls offer great benefits for the owners, management consultants and contractors of capital projects and bring together the key elements of planning and controlling a project:

  • Planning: Includes estimate (pricing) data that creates the basis of the estimate and the schedule, which creates the sequencing and timing of activities and should be considered the control base once all parties agree.
  • Controlling: Includes updating and forecasting of the schedule, along with risk management, change management, physical progressing, and estimate (quantities, hours and cost), progress reporting and tracking of actual cost and commitment values; identifying gaps and providing solutions as to how to close the gaps and minimize deviations between that of panned and te actual.


Project complexity, organizational maturity, team experience, budget, and other factors determine the level of project controls needs. Excessive control can cause project costs to spiral upward and divert resources from more important tasks. Lax control can also lead to delays, errors, political repercussions, and diminished project quality.

At Pangea, we provide the project controls tools and techniques to proactively control costs, schedules, and scope of work to reach the desired outcome.

Our project controls services include but not limited to the following:

  • Cost estimating
  • Cost management and control
  • Schedule management and control
  • Change management
  • Earned value management
  • Risk monitor and control
  • Value engineering
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Delay and disruption expert services
  • Training

Cost Estimating

Cost estimating calculates the future cost of a construction project by bringing together location and industry knowledge with construction cost databases. Pangea utilizes computerized cost estimating systems that are developed in house utilizing historical data of our previously executed projects formulated in latest real-time computerized platforms. We also develop project-centric cost reports that summarize critical cost data. Our project-level reports track cost trends and variances on a level that is meaningful to the overall completion of the project. Pangea utilizes the project cost management suite of ARES Prism™ as well to provide cost estimating services.

The benefits of estimating tool of ARES PRISM™ is listed as below:

Cost Management and Control

Cost management is the process of planning, estimating, funding, forecasting, managing, and controlling cost to ensure projects are completed within the approved project constraints of cost, schedule, and budget. Effective cost management enables project managers to achieve the best value for the organization, reduce risk, allow the business to make sound financial decisions, and manage cash. Pangea will help you implement a project cost control system that meets your needs. Pangea delivers the cost management and controls services in partnership with ARES Prism™. Prism cost management benefits are outlined in below schematic:

Schedule Management and Control

Pangea is recognized as one of the leading companies in southern Africa for planning and scheduling services and subject matter expert in delay and disruption cases. We have pioneered numerous project scheduling innovations in planning, scheduling, delay, disruption, and acceleration analyses.

Using scheduling tools such as Oracle’s Primavera P6 Project Management® and Microsoft Project® for capital projects’ planning, we develop, evaluate, and maintain design and construction schedules. Many of Pangea’s planners and schedulers are seasoned facilitators who conduct interactive planning sessions amongst stakeholders. Utilizing ARES Prism™, the following benefits have also been added to the planning and scheduling applications of Pangea:

Change Management

Change management is an essential part of the management of the construction phase. Changes can come from factors such as differing site conditions, errors and omissions, construction phase value proposals, delays, or owner revisions. Regardless of the genesis, all additional costs must be analysed for merit and impact on the construction schedule.

Pangea has a formalized change management process for identifying, evaluating, and documenting changes that occur during project execution. The process includes tools that assist in selecting which changes should be implemented. The tracking tools monitor the cumulative impact on schedule and budget. Pangea benefits the application of ARES Prism™ in this field too which considers a tedious approach to the change register, risk management and control, trends and approval workflows; this has been summarized in the following benefits:

Earned Value Management

Earned Value Management (EVM) is an effective tool for planning, measuring, analyzing, and reporting on project performance. Pangea’s EVM experience has shown the importance of establishing a consistent work breakdown structure, determining the appropriate level of detail for the cost/resource-loaded schedule, and identifying and loading all indirect project costs. Pangea performs earned value analysis in Excel, Microsoft Access, Oracle EPPM solutions, and custom-built web applications that bridge cost and schedule data. Pangea EVM system leads into four key achievements for each enterprise or project: increased efficiency and productivity, clear lines of accountability, transparent work environment, and ability to predict cost and schedule into the future.  

Risk Monitor and Control

Projects are often impacted by unforeseen events that could have been mitigated through a continuous risk management process. Risk assessments identify, evaluate, and quantify such uncertainty so that their likelihood of impact is anticipated and controlled. In many instances, the outcome of risk assessments can be used to reliably establish project contingency amounts.
Pangea risk management specialists identify and evaluate project risks, develop and manage risk registers, conduct quantitative risk analyses, and develop risk mitigation strategies. We are well-versed in industry risk assessment software such as Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis, and Deltek Acumen Fuse and other ad-hoc solutions that manage risks for our clients.

Value Engineering

Pangea has been instrumental in leading value engineering (VE) studies within project environment that create and implement innovative and cost-efficient results. VE relies heavily on team building, effective communication, and efficient decision-making to reach creative solutions. Working together, the VE team arrives at unique approaches that satisfy the owner’s vision and saves on project cost. Pangea team has strong industrial engineering background and qualification and therefore this service is available as an inter-disciplinary service for our clients.

Building information modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent protocol that utilizes the 3D model-based processes. BIM is one of the most promising recent developments in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. BIM helps make the processes more reliable and safer. All this spares the Client’s money and designer’s time. In summary, main advantages of using BIM are:

  1. More efficient collaboration among all stakeholders
  2. Opportunity to research options and scenarios
  3. Parametric control of model objects
  4. Automatic check for collisions of structures
  5. End-result visualization
  6. Adoption of design solutions at early design stages
  7. Optimization and control of objects and assets

Pangea team has embedded BIM process in our design workflow, and we have already observed the advantages.

Delay and disruption expert services

Delay and disruption often occur together, but they are quite distinct issues. Delay, as it sounds, is being late. Disruption on the other hand, is a change to the planned working method. It is generally accepted that for a contractor to be entitled to an extension of time for completion of works, an event for which the client is responsible must have had an impact on the critical path of the works — in so far as it requires that the date for completion be amended or that activities are accelerated to meet deadlines.

Pangea implements the forensic planning and scheduling, delay and disruption analysis with focus on:

  • Selection and Implementation of Schedule Delay Analysis Methodologies
  • Application of Contemporaneous Period Analysis (CPA)
  • Application of Causation and Responsibility Analysis
  • Application of AACE International Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 (Forensic Schedule Analysis)
  • Application of SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol (Society of Construction Law)
  • Data Management including data retrieval, processing and mining
  • Claim and defense statement initiation, development and presentation

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