A sound foundation for sustainable profitability
Making well-informed decisions on sustainable measures and budgets for investments and maintenance is the core business of any infrastructure company. In partnership with our clients, we assist in developing an effective organizational and operational structure, in working out strategies and concepts as well as in implementing the identified possibilities for improvement. Together with experts throughout the Fichtner Group, we are able to provide comprehensive consultancy through our combination of management, methodological and technical expertise.
- AM-specific optimization of the organizational structure
In compact workshops we explain and discuss with you the important basics required for optimizing and implementing an AM organization. Building on this, we define the understanding of roles and the company-specific configuration of these roles within the operational structure as well as the assignment of tasks.
- Optimizing the AM processes
As a first step, any AM processes already in use at the company are incorporated. Any weaknesses identified are eliminated during the subsequent optimization, and the interfaces are minimized. Furthermore, existing instruments such as ERP systems (e.g. SAP), status detection systems or BIMs are integrated to produce a process that is as efficient as possible and eliminates the need for duplicate handling of data.
- Strategic Asset Management
Strategic AM is the basis for deriving sustainable maintenance measures for asset groups from overall corporate objectives. In close cooperation with your experts, we conduct a technical, regulatory and economic assessment of possible maintenance scenarios and select the favored maintenance strategy.
- Operative Asset Management
Operative AM fleshes out a selected maintenance strategy to create an action list which is itemized by asset. Technically oriented detail planning is performed based on the operative conditions according to the economic framework and the strategy pursued.
- Process optimization of investment management and controlling
Processes and tools are optimized to strengthen your in-house investment management and the closely associated project controlling. Existing processes are incorporated including their strengths and weaknesses, a target concept is developed and specific measures for improvement are derived.
- Examination of long-term investment and maintenance requirements
We examine the methodological and factual correctness of your current approach and validate the plausibility of the assumptions made by comparing them to usual practice in the sector and assessing their proportionality. Approaches for making improvements are derived and their implementation supervised if necessary. Alternatively or additionally, you can choose a bottom-up approach to enable detailed investment planning based on the current asset condition.
- Quick check of network structure
To prevent any fundamental misinvestments, a brief structural analysis of your network is performed on the basis of planning maps or alternatively using state-of-the-art Web GIS based analysis tools. Historically necessitated network structures and new network requirements, such as e-mobility and water quantity development, are taken into consideration when doing so.
- Value Management study
Value Management studies are used for the purpose of economic and functional optimization of large infrastructure projects. Core of the studies are specific methods, that enhance a creative and structured approach to thinking in terms of functions. Depending on the objectives set, a VM study can significantly reduce costs or increase project benefit for the company.
References for typical projects
- Remunicipalization strategy and investment consulting
Remunicipalization strategy and investment consultingIn the context of the endeavours of a German city to remunicipalize energy supply, FMC assisted the authorities in strategic positioning and in preparation for negotiations with potential private energy sector partners. The aim was, firstly, reorganization in stages of the agencies responsible for energy supply and their business models to obtain maximum influence and control as well as in the interests of sustainable and profitable financing. Secondly, as part of this restructuring reconfiguring the inner city and regional energy infrastructure was also promoted, so that the state’s own climate protection objectives were fulfilled. FMC’s consultancy services comprise assessment of the concepts presented by the negotiating parties. In doing so, business and cooperation models were evaluated together with the technical reconfiguration of the energy infrastructure. Also questions & answers lists were drawn up for each negotiation step. The client at the end of the project received an overall appraisal with recommendations.
- BKW: Development of an Asset Management Concept
BKW: Development of an Asset Management ConceptThe project aim was to develop an asset management concept. The services FMC provided were the bringing about a new understanding of roles, adapting the staff-line and procedures organization, drafting a new monitoring and control concept, and assessing and selecting asset strategies. As a result, FMC devised a new specialist and IT concept on this basis.
- Axpo Group: Preparation of an "Asset Service" business development plan
Axpo Group: Preparation of an "Asset Service" business development planThe project aim was to develop an “asset service” business development plan focusing on strategic and organizational consulting. The services FMC provided were the development of a strategic concept by defining and reviewing products and services to highlight strengths and weaknesses including the idea of alternative organizational. As a result, FMC drafted a cooperation concept and then a business plan was created. In addition, alternative courses of action were presented and recommendations on the business plan were provided.
- LNG Bahia Foundation: Feasibility study for a LNG terminal
LNG Bahia Foundation: Feasibility study for a LNG terminalTo keep pace with Pakistan’s rising natural gas demand, a local Foundation wished to participate in this emerging market by constructing an offshore LNG import terminal in Sonmiani Bay, near Karachi. Taking a previous prefeasibility study as the basis, FMC conducted a complete feasibility study for this terminal.
- Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plants
Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plantsWhen making a strategic appraisal of its plant configurations, a waste management company was confronted with the task of forecasting the long-term development of its costs and revenues. To tackle this, FMC and the client company jointly devised a comprehensive costing and simulation model and applied it for strategy formulation and identifying optimization potentials. This model contains a range of plants for thermal and/or mechanical waste treatment. The input variables are the factors that determine variable and fixed costs, specifically replacement investments, manning requirements and consumption of operating supplies as well as revenues for energy and products. This tool can be applied further by our client for tariff simulation, long-term CAPEX forecasting and taking decisions on technology selection.
- Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligence
Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligenceThe client was planning to acquire shares of the Hungarian project company EMFESZ Power Plant Kft., for the construction of a gas power plant in Nyírtass in Hungary. The project had two phases. In the first phase an 820 MW gas power plant was planned and in the second phase the further expansion of the power plant. FMC developed for the client, a market analysis, market entry strategy, a risk assessment, the pre due diligence of the project and advised on the transaction.