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Volume 6, Issue 4
Published: May 7, 2012
The role of the project consultant

Those involved with building plants do not see their project from the same viewpoints as their lenders or investors, and neither has the same perspective as other project participants. Lawyers, for example, do not see a project in the same way that accountants, engineers or insurance personnel see it. Grant writers, appraisers, safety and environmental experts all have a perspective from the work they perform within the industry.

 

The role of a project consultant is somewhat unique since it requires an understanding of everyone’s duties and limitations, and an ability to blend the various perspectives into an integrated project.

 

An alternative fuels project is always a compilation of many smaller projects. While many of these might well be considered as separate projects of their own, they are really interdependent since each affects the entire project. Entire projects have stalled or even failed in the past as a result of problems in just one area, even when all else is progressing nicely. So what is the role of the project consultant in all this?

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