Management by Intent
Reclaimit’s environmental consultants know that there are a wide variety of factors that will ultimately determine the end worth of delivered products and services. True project sustainability is evaluated through environmental, social, and economic lenses and these values are interdependent. Reclaimit intentionally and reliably fosters project sustainability, developing reclamation solutions that provide more value than the simple replacement of soil and vegetation.
All Reclaimit forestland projects, small or big, near or remote, are developed for execution using the company’s proven equation for success: HSER > Q > T > C. Health, safety, environment and reputation are more important than quality, which is more important than time, which is more important than cost. This fundamental value system is employed from project design through to final reporting. Read on to understand why the prioritization is set in this manner and how Reclaimit consultants plan, execute and report the results of their work in alignment with this value equation.
Health, Safety, Environment & Reputation (HSER)
HSER is the first priority for Reclaimit consultants. Why? When poorly managed, these factors will stop a project dead in its tracks. When properly managed, however, these elements lay the foundation for a truly successful project
H: Health – Project work is done by people, so worker health is foundational to project success. Human factors impact project performance but also run the risk of being overlooked; these factors, such as physical fitness, fatigue, mental health and emotional stresses, to name a few, must be identified, accommodated for and managed through to the finish of project work. Experience has taught us that not getting this right will directly and negatively impact project safety as well as quality, and financial results.
S: Safety – The design, implementation, and follow through of safe work processes will directly impact the output of environmental projects. Seasoned environmental consultants within the Reclaimit team know that, in addition to jeopardizing human well being, substandard safety practices result in project down time and associated costs that are exponentially higher than taking the time to do a task, first time, right time, every time. The Reclaimit team, like its preferred customers, want to avoid human injury at all cost and would rather keep people working than spend time filling out reports, conducting incident investigations, repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure or sidelining workers from doing what they were hired to do in the first place, fix the environmental problem.
E: Environment – Reclaimit environmental consultants are engaged to provide solutions to environmental problems, not add to them. And that is what Reclaimit does best; optimization of environmental results while accounting for ongoing impacts and any environmental risks associated with the projects.
Reclaimit consultants incorporate cutting edge and reduced-disturbance methodologies into planning. Our leaders look over the fence, beyond Alberta and Canada, to find new and better systems and processes to obtain better environmental results for our customers. And to make certain that the cost of developing those new ideas is withdrawn from the right bank account, Reclaimit consultants engage qualified research teams in our own backyard to assist in concept vetting, before they reach a client’s in-basket.
Reference the Reclaimit blog to see some of what our forestland environmental consultants are up to in their search for the best solutions.
R: Reputation – For Reclaimit, a solid environmental performance and respected reputation go hand in hand, but both are tough to establish and easily lost. Clearly, no one wants the spotlight taken off excellent environmental outcomes and redirected onto a damaging or distracting event. Our clients’ reputations are highly regarded by Reclaimit consultants and all environmental management recommendations submitted for consideration are designed to enhance the stewardship reputations of our customers.
All of our environmental consultants are registered members in good standing with an appropriate professional association and are qualified to work within their realm of expertise. Consultation with outside experts is sought when necessary to ensure that all recommendations align with current best practices for the project context.
Quality, Time & Cost (QTC)
The Reclaimit approach to quality work is first time, right time, every time. From project kick off until the submission of the final report Reclaimit’s environmentally regulated professionals work to ensure proper planning and support reliable implementation strategies. Reclaimit’s environmental consultants are paced and decisive in the execution of their tasks. This is not a slow nor indecisive type of leadership, rather, it is a strategic strength, one that ensures 100% of a project’s quality specifications are attained because a of clear understanding of the project scope.
Equipped with project plans that make sense, Reclaimit field teams are fit-for-duty, properly trained and oriented to the project scope and have proven work systems to seamlessly complete tasks (as seamlessly as is possible in a remote forestland location). Our consultants match good planning and preparation with comprehensive QA/QC systems to ensure that the work tasks are completed as prescribed and production targets are achieved.
And the result for Reclaimit customers? The receipt of desired quality targets, a sustainable trajectory for forestland restoration and free advertising. Yes, free advertising. Reclaimit environmental team members love to share the good news about their accomplishments and boast about the quality of Reclaimit’s customers.
Forests do not mature overnight, nor do they rapidly recover after an intense natural event like a wildfire. Now introduce an anthropogenic disturbance like the construction, operation, decommissioning and clean up of an industrial site. Not a quick fix.
Reclaimit’s environmental consultants ensure that clients understand and agree to forecasted timelines prior to project execution. It is critically important to us that a project scope aligns with customer expectations and that all vested parties understand and are committed to the timeframes needed for product and service delivery. Reclaimit consultants help customers understand how to view project timelines from the design phase, through project implementation and onward to final performance evaluation.
Finally, Reclaimit leaders are trusted to stop if time is too short to do the work in a manner that attains HSER & Q standards. At that point they will reassess and determine a plan of action to ensure that the work only proceeds when the HSER & Q standards can be reached.
There can be significant financial costs associated with good environmental stewardship. Reclaimit environmental consultants use a transparent cost structure, one that is based on the delivery of the desired outcomes and paints a trustworthy picture of all reasonable expenditures to complete the project.
Although Reclaimit consultants do not sell price to win work, it’s our earned trust to design and execute projects with two fundamental Reclaimit project design advantages that directly impact project cost:
- Sustainable Production. The maximum work production that an environmental project can maintain without a negative HSER & Q occurrence defines the real monetary cost of a project. Our production model clearly reflects the cost of doing the work correctly.
- First Time, Right Time, Every Time. The cost of rework is always more expensive than doing the job correctly the first time around. When things go wrong there is always a cost, real or hidden. A correctly designed and executed project avoids the costs of rework and effectively passes these savings onto the client.