The Department of Energy Hanford Mission Support Contract is a $3.1 billion contract to provide cost-effective infrastructure and site services integral and necessary to accomplish the Hanford Site’s environmental cleanup mission. The scope of the MSC contract includes five primary functions: Safety, Security, and Environment; Site Infrastructure and Utilities; Site Business Management; Information Resources/Content Management; and Portfolio Management.
Synergistics was the lead for the development of the cost volume for AECOM’s proposal for the Mission Support Contract. Synergistics certified cost developed the majority of the cost estimate utilized for the proposal and directed and reviewed estimates produced by other team members. The estimates were either parametric or bottoms up in nature and utilized activity-based costing. The estimates covered varying aspects of the work scope to be performed from reliability systems upgrade projects, to usage based services, as well as operations of crane and rigging operations.
During the development of the cost estimates, Synergistics also provided scheduling support for the proposal. Due to the Primavera schedule being a key component to the proposal itself, Synergistics staff supported its development. They developed the WBS structure, created and altered activity relationships, and ensured that activities were properly codified. The end result was a resource loaded and defensible P6 schedule that was consistent with the cost estimate data contained in MII as well as traceable to all data elements to include any inconsistencies stemming from differentiation in rounding methodologies in the various software utilized.
In order to ensure an accurate and complete cost volume section of the proposal, Synergistics implemented our successful cost estimating system. This system was customized to the proposal team and utilized a combination of Microsoft Excel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Micro Computer Aided Cost Estimating System 2nd Generation (MCACES II or MII), Primavera Project Management Version 6 (P6), Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL server, and custom developed Visual Basic software.
Estimates were developed utilizing Cost Estimating Input Sheets (CEIS) in Microsoft Excel, these inputs were then evaluated utilizing the customized software, which would then either produce an error report for data inconsistencies or populate data tables in Microsoft SQL Server, which functioned as the database for the P6 schedule. This loaded the costs and resources into the schedule and could create new activities in the schedule as well. The data was then migrated from P6 to MII cost estimating software, so as to time phase the estimates.