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Why you should join a Training Program: Narek’s testimonial

11 Jan 2023

Attitude is key, skills can be trained

Narek Martirosyan talks about his motivation to participate in the Training Program: “I have been interested in 3D-modelling and 3D-printing for quite a while now. I wanted to take this hobby and turn it into my profession, so I completed training as a BIM drafter. In this way, I was able to enter a modern industry with a lot of possibilities for the future. But in my first job as a professional, I was a bit disappointed. It felt very repetitive, and it was not looking like there were many challenging projects coming my way.” “When I joined Pauwels Consulting, my eyes were opened. I was immediately offered a range of training options through the Training Program. They gave me real opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills while working in the industry. This allowed me to create faster progress in my new career while I started working for a leading company.”

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  A personal approach
Training Program Manager Koen De Borle recognized Narek as a suitable candidate: “I noticed from the very first conversations with Narek that he is brimming with motivation to take on a challenge. That drive is necessary to successfully balance learning and working. Although he did not yet have much experience in the sector, he had already taken the initiative to learn about BIM techniques on his own. The knowledge and insights he brought with him from previous jobs and training were the deciding factor. With that, he could already start working on an assignment while continuing to further develop his skills. From that perspective, I saw several options with our clients.”
“We are really looking for people who have the right attitude. That means that they must be eager to seize this opportunity,” adds Hà Logier, Training Program Officer and Talent Acquisition Specialist. “That’s why we ensure a personal approach when we speak to applicants.”
“This opportunity to get personal guidance in your career and get training by field experts is quite uncommon. Normally, you would have to pay a generous amount for such advantages. In the Training Program, you get paid to do it.”
Who can participate?
We are looking for people rather than job titles. More specifically, we are looking for people with plenty of motivation, eagerness to learn, perseverance and enthusiasm.
Koen De Borle: “We recruit candidates for the Training Program in a different manner than we do for standard positions. Most of the positions in the Training Program require an A2, bachelor’s or master’s degree, but after that, we look at what you have to offer. That could be transferable skills, or experience in a similar industry or social skills and business fluency that would make you a good consultant.”
A changing job market opens new doors
Our clients seek consultants with specific skills and strong insight. However, the job market is subject to change, much like the economy. Today, certain profiles are harder to find due to a rising demand for technical positions and the so-called “war for talent”. Sometimes the search for a consultant takes too long and a viable candidate seems almost impossible to find.
The Training Program bridges the gap between strong candidates who are talented enough to learn and our clients’ specific projects. In this way, we ensure less wasted time and more growth for both parties.
There are countless ambitious people who want to keep their technical skills up to date, learn about new sectors or look forward to a completely new challenge. We want to give them the opportunity to use their transferable skills and train themselves to become specialized consultants. That way, no talent or time is wasted.
How do we do it? We train people full of motivation and talent to become the white raven who can take our client’s project forward. Training sessions, coaching, advice from experienced consultants and direct application to practice: this is the recipe for rapid growth.
What is a Training Program?
In the Training Program you will give a breath of fresh air to your career, whether you want to gain more knowledge as a consultant, expand your already accumulated experience to new fields or gain as much experience as possible after your studies. You will complete a custom educational program with individual coaching, training and learning experiences. This takes place during your first assignment as a consultant with one of our clients so that you can immediately apply your new knowledge to practice.
Hà Logier explains why it is a unique opportunity to discover a new industry: “We value your potential. We take what you bring to the table to develop a personal track in which you learn all the technical or social skills to become the best match for the customer. This opportunity to get personal guidance in your career and get training by field experts is quite uncommon. Normally, you would have to pay a generous amount for such advantages. In the Training Program, you get paid to do it.”
What is consultancy?
You get the opportunity to work on various projects and at different companies, all while you keep working for the same employer. Pauwels Consulting will make the match between you and a client, who has a position for you in mind at one of their projects. You go to work at the client’s site, but we employ you. This means you get to enjoy a stable job, get opportunities to keep learning and obtain certificates and you always have a stimulating environment. Our clients include leading companies in life sciences, IT and engineering. Does your project end at the client? Then we will look for a new match for you so you can start somewhere else.

Lifelong learning

At Pauwels Consulting, we believe in lifelong learning. We want to offer our consultants everything they need to keep growing, develop their interests and keep in control of their professional life. Besides the Training Program, we offer many other learning options. 

There is also the Pauwels Academy, which is the set of all the training sessions, information sessions and webinars that we put into a calendar every six months. Anyone can register for these. There are also specialized training programs such as the Pauwels Acceleration Program or your Talent Manager can select a range of sessions for you.

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Tips Lean IPD

10 Jan 2023
Lean IPD allows you to complete large construction and infrastructure projects faster and cheaper. These Lean IPD tips increase your chances of success:
  1. Select the right partners.
  2. Start on time.
  3. Involve all parties.
  4. Illustrate the benefits.
  5. Change and people management are crucial.
  6. Consult external experts.

Essential tips for optimal success with Lean IPD

Lean IPD is a relatively new but highly efficient method for delivering large construction and infrastructure projects within time and budget. Lean IPD combines principles from Lean Management with intelligent contracts between different builders.

Lean IPD contracts ensure that all builders benefit from a quick and cost-effective project. The more risk the partners take and the faster and more economical they deliver, the more profit they can make.

Sounds good, of course, and the following Lean IPD tips will give increase the chances of a successful project even further. 

6 tips for successfully applying Lean IPD

1. Select the right partners

Lean IPD depends on good cooperation between all partners in the construction or infrastructure project. All partners must be reliable, willing and able to cooperate optimally. Otherwise, a Lean IPD project becomes loss-making for all parties involved. Everybody wins or everybody loses.

Therefore, think carefully in advance about the criteria that will be used to choose potential partners.

2. Start on time

Lean IPD expects you to make clear agreements with all partners early in the project. Each party must think carefully and disclose their costs, the lead time of the works and the risks they can take.

Only when everyone has put their cards on the table, the Lean IPD contract is drawn up and the project can begin. The sooner there is clarity, the better.

3. Involve all parties from the beginning

Lean IPD assumes that you come to good agreements with all builders early in the process. After all, all partners sign the same common contract. The information and choices of one builder can influence the choices of another.

Therefore, involve all parties from the start in determining timelines and risk appetite. Adding parties to the contract at a later date is usually less easy.

4. Make sure everyone understands the benefits of Lean IPD

Lean IPD is only successful when all parties are committed to the project in the best possible way. To achieve this, all parties must understand the benefits of Lean IPD, both for the project (fast and budget-friendly delivery) and for their own company (increased profits).

The added value of Lean IPD is determined by the risk all stakeholders are willing to take. If they are sure of their delivery capabilities and cooperation, then they can put more money at risk for the chance to make more profit from the project.

5. Provide good change management and people management skills

Since a lot is decided beforehand and the interests of all parties are fixed in one common contract, changes during the project are often extra sensitive.

Provide a project manager with good change management and people management skills who uses open communication to get all partners to accept and comply with necessary changes during the project.

6. Make use of external experts

When different parties need to be aligned, it can be useful to call on an external party who can stand back and objectively view and reconcile different points of view.

External experts can also play different roles in the different phases of Lean IPD projects:

  • during the preparation phase, an external expert can help with risk simulations and contract negotiations.
  • during the project, an external expert can help align (the external interests of) the various parties.
  • after the project is completed, an external party can objectively look back on the project and collect lessons learned. Towards future projects, this can be particularly useful.

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The potential problems with Lean IPD

05 Dec 2022

Problems with Lean IPD

Lean IPD allows construction and infrastructure projects to avoid classic problems such as unclear pricing and unsure delivery deadlines. As a result, projects are delivered more efficiently and at a lower cost. But Lean IPD has its own problems, such as wrongly chosen partners, an unclear budget or early costs. Fortunately, you can avoid these pitfalls.

The potential problems with Lean IPD

With Lean IPD, the owner and building team sign 1 global contract. This includes a risk/reward plan. The potential bonuses from that plan motivate all parties to work together to the best of their ability, often finishing complex projects faster and cheaper than planned.

While this sounds good, Lean IPD also has its own problems. But what do you need to watch out for? You’ll find out in this article.

Lean IPD problem 1: Choosing the wrong partners

In a complex project, it is crucial to choose the right partners. Because if one of the partners does not go full Lean IPD, it can undermine the entire project.

Companies that don’t trust their partners may refuse to work together closely, or set the cost estimate way too high. In this way, they sabotage cooperation between all parties, and the client will have to pay more than necessary.

The solution

So how do you choose a good partner? Perform a thorough Best Value Options Analysis (BVOA) beforehand. During that analysis process, look for the best partners for you and your project.

As the client, you will first discuss the process internally. Which criteria are requirements? And which criteria are simply pluses? Once your requirements and wishes are clear, you can start talking to candidate parties.

While doing so, don’t just choose the cheapest partner, but make a cost-benefit analysis. Which company will go full Lean IPD? Has anyone worked with Lean IPD before? A more expensive company that has more expertise and experience with Lean IPD may contribute to a more efficient and therefore generally more cost-effective project. It is important to make this consideration and calculation for yourself.

Lean IPD problem 2: No insight into budget

Do you know how much your project would cost if you were working with standard contracts? If you don’t know, then you also can’t compare the cost estimates offered with their traditional counterparts. This allows construction partners to set their costs and profit margins much higher than necessary, which will unnecessarily increase the cost of the project. Gone are all the benefits of Lean IPD!

The solution

Prepare in advance a rough estimate of what your project would normally cost. You can then compare this estimate to the cost of the Lean IPD project. Does a candidate partner try to charge you unreasonably high costs? Then you will notice it immediately.

Lean IPD problem 3: Not wanting to pay study and design fees

The last problem in Lean IPD is the most difficult. As the owner, you prefer to pay only once your project is actually being built. Study and design costs are traditionally included in the total price, so you don’t pay them until a shovel hits the ground. As an owner, you may want to extend this practice to a Lean IPD project.

And that’s a problem, because you can’t do that. Lean IPD is all about transparency and fair compensation. So you will have to pay fees from day 1.

The solution

There is no real solution to this Lean IPD ‘problem’. The project starts running from the moment you first meet with your chosen building partners. From that meeting on, you pay for their studies. Like all other costs, these are reimbursed at net prices.

Our advice? Be aware of this and change your mindset. By reimbursing your construction team’s expenses on a monthly basis, you are building a bond of trust. That bond will lead to a more efficient project that often costs less than initially estimated.


You now know the 3 main pitfalls in Lean IPD: choosing the wrong partners, no idea about the traditional budget, and having the wrong mindset. Be aware of these and avoid them as much as possible.

We wish you good luck with your project!

Want to read more about Lean IPD?

Not quite on board with Lean IPD yet? You can read everything you need to know here. In this article we dive deeper into the contract and the risk/reward plan. Besides pitfalls, there are of course also advantages of Lean IPD. You will discover those here.

In our next article, we give tips on how to successfully apply Lean IPD. Follow us on social media and never miss an update from our blog again!

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Is Lean IPD interesting for your construction or infrastructure projects? Would you like to make your projects more efficient? Contact us without obligation. Our Lean IPD experts will gladly help you. 

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The benefits of Lean IPD

28 Nov 2022

What are the benefits of Lean IPD?

Thanks to Lean IPD, large construction and infrastructure projects run much more efficiently. This can lead to more profit for the builders and designers, and savings and a faster delivery for the client. A win-win situation for all parties!

What are the benefits of Lean IPD?

Lean IPD offers many advantages for clients, builders and designers of large construction and infrastructure projects. The reason is simple: every party sits at the table from day 1. When all parties communicate openly about their project costs and the desired profit they want to make, 1 contract can be drawn up that unites the interests of the whole project team.

In this article, we discuss the specific benefits of Lean IPD for owners, builders and designers during large construction and infrastructure projects. 

Why should you choose Lean IPD?

General benefits of Lean IPD

In the United States, Lean IPD has already proven that it can make large construction and infrastructure projects run more efficiently. By uniting the interests of owners, builders and designers into 1 contract, everyone works towards the same goal.

If the project goes well, everyone makes a profit. If something goes wrong, all parties share in the extra costs. The exact amounts are laid down in the risk/reward plan, which is an integral part of the contract that all parties sign.

Wondering if Lean IPD would benefit your projects too? Let’s find out!

Advanages of Lean IPD for the construction team

Lean IPD offers several benefits to construction partners.

First, more thought is given to each step of the process, as all parties constantly consult with each other. As a result, everyone works together more efficiently, saving time and resources. That gives builders the opportunity to deliver the project earlier and/or under budget. We’ve said it before: this allows the partners to make additional profits.

Moreover, the builders will never make a loss. How is that possible? The client always continues to pay the necessary costs, even if they were not initially included in the budget. So as a builder, you will always at least break even. Lean IPD therefore offers you unprecedented certainty.

As an owner, that cost guarantee probably seems like an unpleasant prospect. But don’t forget that you only have to start using your own funds as a last resort. For the first unforeseen costs, you can call on the contingency, and later on the profit at risk. You will only have to pay extra yourself when these funds are exhausted, which is extremely rare in practice.

Advantages of Lean IPD for the owner

There are many disadvantages to traditional working methods for owners. Uncertainty about the final cost and effective completion date, possible penalty clauses in contracts….

These disadvantages are resolved by Lean IPD, where most projects are realized faster and for a lower budget. The builders communicate transparently about costs and profits, and work together more closely. As a result, there are fewer unexpected costs, and you have a better idea in advance about the final price of your project.

By the way, did you know that Lean IPD projects are delivered 19% faster on average? As a result, your factory can go into production sooner, for example, and therefore start generating profit sooner.


The benefits of Lean IPD are clear for each party. By motivating the team, a Lean IPD project runs smoother and more efficiently, allowing everyone to make more profit.

Want to learn more about Lean IPD ? Find out here if Lean IPD would benefit your projects. Want to delve into the risk/reward plan? You can do so in this blog post. In our next article, we will take a look at the pitfalls of Lean IPD, and present possible solutions. Stay tuned!

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Lean IPD contract

21 Nov 2022

What is special about a Lean IPD? 

In a Lean IPD contract, the builders, designers and the client sign the same contract. In this, everyone communicates openly about their estimated costs and profit demand. They put that profit “at risk,” allowing them to increase their profit, but also lose it. That motivates everyone to work together more efficiently and economically. 

How do you create a Lean IPD contract?

To implement Lean IPD, your construction or infrastructure project and working methods must meet a number of conditions. Here’s how to draw up a conclusive Lean IPD contract, and what you need to do so.

The basics of Lean IPD

Lean IPD aims to make construction and infrastructure projects more efficient. The methodology can be boiled down to 3 basic pillars: an aligned contract, lean construction and a project culture that focuses on collaboration.

If each party follows this philosophy, everyone can reap the benefits. Otherwise, every party involved experiences disadvantage. With Lean IPD, you win together, or you lose together.

The ground rules of Lean IPD are established in a Lean IPD multiparty contract between all parties involved.

Lean IPD multiparty contract

A Lean IPD multiparty contract, as the name suggests, is a contract with multiple parties. In traditional construction projects, the client signs a contract with the designers, and another contract with the builders. Those parties then often subcontract with other companies, which again have separate contracts.

With Lean IPD, the client, the designers and the builders all sign the same contract: an ‘integrated form of agreement’. Other parties involved join the project as subcontractors or co-sign the original contract.

When the builders or designers hire other parties, they get to choose whether they sign a traditional contract, or have the subcontractors join the Lean IPD contract.

Risk and reward

In a unified Lean IPD contract, a maximum price is set for the entire project. That maximum price consists of all costs and overhead, the profit all the partners want to make, and a contingency for unforeseen costs.

In Lean IPD contracts, the construction team puts their profit ‘at risk’. If everything goes according to plan, then the construction partners can increase their profit. If the project misses the deadline or costs more, the construction partners break even. Unforeseen (overhead) costs are always guaranteed to be paid by the owner, even if they were not planned in advance.

Risk/reward plan

Those risks and rewards are moulded into a risk/reward plan. This is a crucial part of a Lean IPD contract. 

Profit at risk

As mentioned above, construction partners put their intended profit at risk at the start of the project. All partners report their profit amount, and those amounts are added up to 1 large lump sum amount. The entire team agrees to put (part of) that amount ‘at risk’.

Ideally, each party should put their target profit 100% at risk. Why? Because then they can also get the biggest bonus. If they put only 75% at risk, the parties also get only a maximum of 75% of the bonus to which they would otherwise be entitled.

What if things go well?

If all goes well, then all parties receive their requested profit in full at the end of a project.

If things go even better and a project is delivered too early and/or (way) under budget? Is the contingency not fully utilized? Were smart cost savings made during the project? Then the amount saved is distributed as additional profit to all contractors and the owner.

A nice bonus, and a very good incentive to work together even better and more efficiently.

What if things go wrong?

When unexpected costs come up, the owner initially uses the contingency to pay for those extra costs. Has that amount been used up as well? Then he draws on the combined profit lump sum – made up from the ‘profit at risk’ of all parties – to pay the costs.

It does not matter which party spends more than expected: all parties lose part of their profit if the owner has to use the lump sum to pay for unexpected costs.

This encourages all parties to work well together to avoid problems. This is completely different from traditional projects, where blame is often placed on each other to avoid penalties.


So how do you determine the contingency amount? 

Current uncertainties

At the beginning of a project, your view of the total cost is not yet clear. At that point, you will set the contingency higher than when you are further advanced in the design phase of the project.  

You also need to look at the budgets and cost proposals of all parties. Is one partner setting their costs too high so they can ‘save’ later and get more profit? Then you can set the contingency lower to keep the cost from spiralling out of control 

Future uncertainties

Do you know in advance that certain things will need to be figured out on the spot? Or do you anticipate a problem with your building application? Then you can set your contingency higher to absorb those costs 

However, try to avoid this. Find out in advance what the problem is and foresee a solution. Otherwise, you will probably provide too much or too little money. In that case, you as the client will have to pay more anyway.  

Can you really not solve the problem or uncertainties at the beginning of the project? Then provide a larger amount for the contingency, but be specific in the contract. What do you (not) expect from the solution, and what do you (not) want to pay for? This way, you already prepare the change order (modification of the contract), and you will have fewer big surprises and/or time-consuming discussions later. 


What if the parties are entitled to additional profit? In a Lean IPD contract, you specify how any extra profit will be divided between the owner and the construction parties.  

For example, you can take into account the contingency amount. The smaller the contingency, the more risk the project team has of losing their profit. In that case, they earn a larger share of the extra profit. Is the contingency relatively large? Then the owner can claim a larger piece of the extra profit for themselves.  

You can also choose to work with tranches. The first 2% savings go to the owner, the next 3% extra profit is shared among everyone else, and so on….  

Finally, you can also opt that profits from savings are shared among all parties up to a certain limit. Often owners choose to pay everyone until they have made 50% or 100% more profit than they first intended. After that, the remaining amount goes to the owner anyway. 

Change orders

Of course, things can still change when the contract is already signed. That is why we have change orders. These are changes to a project that will lead to changed results, delivery terms or costs. Change orders are only later included in the contract.

There are 3 changes that can lead to a change order:

  • Problems with the government: An institution is being difficult regarding a permit, legislation is changing….
  • Unexpected obstacles: Sometimes the team does enough preliminary research and still run into unexpected problems. This leads to a change order only if they really could not discover or research the problem beforehand. Otherwise, the responsibility is borne by all parties in the project, and the owner can pay for those unexpected costs with the contingency or the profit lump sum amount.
  • Assignment changes: The owner can change the assignment when the project is already underway.

Errors, coordination problems, wrong resources and methods, equipment replacement… do not trigger a change order. These problems are all solved in Lean IPD with money from the contingency and profit at risk. 


A Lean IPD contract is very different from traditional construction and infrastructure contracts. The owner, designers and builders sign the same contract, communicating openly about their (expected) net costs and desired profits. That information is put into a risk/reward plan.

In a limited number of cases, that contract can be modified with change orders, but usually the costs for unforeseen challenges in the project are paid for with the contingency and profit at risk lump sum amount.

Is the contingency amount not (fully) used? Then the project team and the project owner are paid additional profit. This encourages everyone to make the project as economical as possible, thus increasing the profit for everyone.

Are the contingency and the profit at risk used up, and will additional costs be required to complete the project? Then the owner will continue paying the costs of the construction team, so the project partners will always break even.

Want to know more?  

In our next article, we will elaborate on the benefits of Lean IPD in construction projects. Then we will discuss possible problems and their solutions, and give tips on how to apply Lean IPD successfully. 

Do you want to know more about Lean IPD or utilize Lean IPD in your next construction or infrastructure project? Contact us. Our Lean IPD project team is happy to think along with you.  

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Word design consultant op je nieuwe job

16 Nov 2022

Word design consultant op je nieuwe job 

Heb jij zin in een nieuwe uitdaging en motivatie om bij te leren over een nieuwe sector? Via het Training Program ga je aan de slag als consultant en stap je tegelijkertijd in een aansluitend leerprogramma. Het leertraject is gemaakt om jouw vaardigheden en kennis aan te vullen, zodat jij de beste match voor de klant wordt. Ondertussen word jij betaald voor je werk, natuurlijk.

Lees verder en ontdek onze unieke kansen voor technisch tekenaars, junior of met meer ervaring.

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Maar ook zakelijke, sociale vaardigheden komen aan bod om van jou een top professional te maken. Denk hier maar aan Problem Solving, Workflow Management, Stakeholder Management, Project Management, etc.
Dit leer je allemaal in combinatie met persoonlijke begeleiding en gecertificeerde coaching om jou zoveel mogelijk nieuwe inzichten en leermomenten te geven.
Tegelijkertijd leer je de knepen van het vak in de praktijk kennen. Je gaat meteen aan de slag in een bedrijf waar je nieuwe kennis onmiddellijk kunt toepassen.
Heb jij zin in een nieuwe uitdaging en motivatie om bij te leren over een nieuwe sector?
Dan zoeken wij jou! Wie ben jij? Jij…
  • Hebt grondige kennis van de bouwsector: HVAC, elektriciteit, sanitair
  • Weet wat P&ID is
  • Hebt minstens een A2, bachelor is een plus
  • Hebt een eerste ervaring gehad met technisch tekenen met AutoCAD 2D, Revit of Eplan
  • Hebt zin om nieuwe skills te leren en wilt jezelf steeds verbeteren
  • Ziet de uitdaging van de combinatie betaald werken en leren hélemaal zitten
Met onze Training Programs start je onmiddellijk op een project en krijg je tegelijkertijd gepersonaliseerde opleidingen.
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Klik op de functietitel om onze vacature te lezen. Herken je jezelf maar deels in de omschrijving? Heb je een andere motivatie om te solliciteren? Aarzel niet en neem contact op. We nemen elke sollicitant serieus.

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What is Lean IPD?

14 Nov 2022

What is Lean IPD? 

Lean IPD makes construction and infrastructure projects more efficient. With Lean IPD, all (main) parties sign 1 multiparty contract. Thanks to a risk/reward plan, all parties can potentially lose or double their profit. This encourages everyone to work together efficiently and deliver the project on time and within budget.

What is Lean IPD?

Most industries are becoming more productive. Except for the construction industry, where productivity has actually been declining in recent years. This shows a clear need for a new way of working to make construction projects more efficient. Enter Lean IPD.

Lean IPD stands for Lean Integrated Project Delivery. This way of working is based on 3 components:

  • Aligned contract: The client, the design team and the builders of a (construction) project sign a single contract together. Within this contract, they can increase their profit margin when they cooperate efficiently, but also lose their profit when the construction project is delayed. In this way, all parties are encouraged to finish the project on time and within budget. Everyone wins, or everyone loses. 
  • Lean Construction: All parties work with streamlined processes and strive to continually improve these processes. The workflow should be as efficient as possible.
  • Collaborative culture: It is crucial that all parties work together as effectively as possible and keep one goal in mind: the project.

So all parties work together to achieve the same goal. This efficiency generally improves project results and makes projects more cost-effective, as there are fewer delays or budget overruns.

Is Lean IPD useful for you? 

Do you need Lean IPD for every project? No. Lean IPD is especially useful for projects: 

  • that will cost more than €750,000 due to their complexity,
  • that involve multiple parties,
  • that operate with multiple delivery schedules.

In short, Lean IPD is especially useful for large, complex projects.

Where is Lean IPD being used? 

In the United States, Lean IPD has been well established for a decade, as most large construction projects (for example hospitals) there use Lean IPD by default. Meanwhile in Europe, Lean IPD is already well established in Great Britain and Poland. The rest of Europe is soon to follow.

An increasing number of large projects are also carried out in Belgium using the Lean IPD methodology. And when large companies start implementing it, smaller companies that are working on the same project have to follow. This way, the methodology becomes more and more widespread. A well-known example of a Belgian Lean IPD project is the Oosterweel Link.

However, there is still much room for improvement. In 2022, Lean IPD is still not the standard way of working in Europe. This is unfortunate, because it offers advantages for all parties involved directly and indirectly. For example, the faster an infrastructure project is completed, the sooner road detour and traffic jams are over and traffic can flow optimally again.

What are the benefits of Lean IPD? 

Lean IPD ensures that the various parties are better aligned. This leads to more reliable projects that are completed faster and where all parties are better rewarded. 

This allows construction partners to potentially make some extra profit. Additionally, the risk/reward plan gives them extra security as they will never lose money when the project doesn’t go according to plan. 

End clients will see their project finalized faster, and probably with less costs.

What are the pitfalls of Lean IPD? 

Of course, the benefits are there only when Lean IPD is done right. But things can also go wrong.

  1. Wrong partners: A project completely depends on the quality and reliability of the partners. A bad BVOA (Best Value Option Analysis) may throw a spanner in the works in this regard.
  2. No overview: As an owner, you need to map out in advance what your project would cost if you went for the traditional way of working. That way, you can better assess whether your Lean IPD partners are asking a correct price.
  3. Immediate cost: As the owner, you pay for design costs from day 1, long before the construction phase can begin. This has a positive effect on the group dynamic between the different construction partners, but a negative effect on your cash flow.

Tips & tricks

Are you interested in implementing Lean IPD? The following tips will help you get started:

  1. Start on time. It takes time to find the right partners and to draw up a good Lean IPD contract.
  2. Involve all parties in this new philosophy from the beginning and make sure everyone understands the benefits of Lean IPD.
  3. Change management and people skills are crucial in this process. After all, every decision affects a lot of parties. Everyone must feel comfortable with the decisions in order to continue to work well together.
  4. Consider hiring an outside party to manage the Lean IPD process. This person can look at different points of view objectively and unite them more easily compared to someone who is or appears biased.


Are you interested in Lean IPD and do you want to run your next project more efficiently? Contact us! We are happy to guide you through the entire process.

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Case: ISO 9001 training and audits for the Binding Site

26 Sep 2022

The essentials

  • The course: Practical training ISO 9001 and audit techniques
  • The participants: Internal employees of the Binding Site
  • The instructor: Luc Marivoet, QHSE Manager at Pauwels Consulting
  • The client: Amélia Bouzar, responsible for quality and regulatory affairs
  • The account manager: Koen De Borle, Training Program Manager at Pauwels Consulting
  • Format: Two-day workshop with theory and practice
  • Added value: Practical tips from the field
  • Added value: Coaching for the participants, even after the training
  • The result: The Binding Site can now evaluate its QMS itself.

What is the Binding Site?

The Binding Site researches, develops, manufactures and distributes specialist immunodiagnostic assays and instrumentation for clinicians and laboratory professionals around the world. The company has a strong focus on education, collaboration and innovation to improve the lives of patients.

Demand for ISO 9001 expertise

The Binding Site wants to be able to continuously evaluate whether their quality management system meets ISO 9001 requirements. Therefore, the company sought an experienced training partner to train internal staff on ISO 9001 and auditing quality management systems.

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ISO 9001 training and audits

Amélia, you are responsible for quality management at the Binding Site. How did you find Pauwels Consulting?

Amélia Bouzar: A few years ago, we were looking for an expert in ISO standards to train our people. Because we immediately felt that Luc truly understood our needs and wishes, we chose Pauwels Consulting as our external training partner.

Luc, you recently provided another ISO 9001 training course at the Binding Site. What exactly was that about and who was this course intended for?

Luc Marivoet: That’s right. I conducted a two-day workshop for the internal staff of the Binding Site. The purpose of the course was to educate the participants on the basics of ISO 9001:2015, the standard for quality management systems, and how to audit this standard according to ISO 19011:2018, the standard for auditing management systems.

Amélia: For us, it is very important that quality assurance is not the specialty of just a few people. We want to create multidisciplinary teams that can all talk about quality management. That’s why we opted for in-house training sessions with several participants.

What was the training like?

Luc: The training lasted 2 days. The first day we saw the most important theory behind the ISO 9001:2015 standard and solved practical exercises. Here the focus was mainly on the process approach and risk-based thinking.

On the second day, we introduced auditing. We shared tips on what to look for when planning audits and explained how to develop an audit program. We used case studies to teach how ISO 9001 audits should be conducted, what skills you need to do so, and the best way to report and follow up on audit results in an understandable way.

After the course, we will also guide and support the participants in conducting their internal audits.

What are participants capable of after this ISO 9001 training?
Luc: Participants will now be able to test whether their own (or an external) quality management system meets the ISO 9001:2015 standard. They now have the correct basic knowledge and skills to prepare, conduct, report and follow up on an internal audit.
Thank you for this explanation, Amélia and Luc! Koen, you brought the Binding Site in contact with Luc. What is the added value of this training?
Koen De Borle: This training is a good solution for companies and organisations that want to familiarise internal auditors quickly and properly with the theory and practice of ISO 9001 and audit techniques, or who want to refresh the expertise of their existing auditors.
The fact that the Binding Site can now evaluate their own quality management system strengthens their quality management. With the Pauwels Consulting certificate after the training, the participants can also demonstrate their suitability as internal auditors.
Luc is the ideal trainer for this, as he has obtained the additional certificate of QMS ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor. Just like all our other QMS consultants, he is therefore engaged daily in implementing and auditing quality management systems. We share these years of experience in the form of tips, cases and interactive exercises. We also guide and support the auditors during a ‘real’ internal audit. Thanks to this practice-oriented approach, the theory becomes much easier to remember.
Finally, an in-company or in-house training at the client’s is also cheaper and more practical than several people participating in courses with open registration. We can also tailor our in-company training more closely to our clients.
Can companies also count on Pauwels Consulting for other training courses? 
We offer various in-house training courses that are guided by experienced experts from various fields within Life Sciences, Engineering and IT. We respond to current trends and needs, such as Lean IPD, (Site) Safety or MES. So don’t worry, there’s something for everyone!
That’s clear! Amélia, Luc and Koen, thank you for your answers, and good luck with your courses.   

ISO 9001 course

Would you like to give your quality management a boost, and follow an ISO 9001 course? Or would you like to organise an interactive training for a larger team in your company? Contact us below. We are happy to help!

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Pauwels Consulting takes over Science@Work

23 Sep 2022

Pauwels Consulting’s fourth acquisition on the Dutch market is yet another example of its ambitious growth. And yet there is more to it than just an eagerness to acquire another company. Science@Work is a unique player that matches the DNA of Pauwels Consulting Group perfectly. We asked Pauwels Consulting Managing Director Bert Pauwels and Science@Work Director Dirk Burgmans about their plans.  


Science@Work’s position in the market is goal-oriented and efficient. What makes you unique? 

Dirk: We specialise in laboratory and science staff. The big difference with other generic players is that we all come from the industry ourselves. Our roots lie in the lab, so we are in a perfect position to accurately assess what a jobseeker is looking for in a job and what a client wants to see in a new employee. 

Bert, that personal approach and Science@Work expertise, are they what sparked your collaboration?

Bert: Yes, very clearly. I am always amazed when outsiders point out to me that rapid, aggressive acquisitions also constitute growth. However, the problem is not so much the number of acquisitions. It is the quality that counts. My focus is on culture, quality and the way people approach things. 

It goes far beyond the financial transaction and contracts. Long-term collaboration is the essence, and a cultural fit and the pursuit of quality are absolutely crucial. When I spoke to the people at Science@Work, I really felt we are all on the same wavelength.  

Dirk, Science@Work is a solid story of organic growth. How does a sales process fit into all this? 

Dirk: When we started talking, we weren’t specifically looking for an acquisition, but the Pauwels Consulting organisation really appealed to us very quickly. We really like the specialisations and the different industries it serves, for example. That really suited us, but it was the company vision and philosophy that convinced us most. 

Also important is the quality Pauwels strives for in its long-term relationships with its own employees and clients. That is so much better than pure and simple profit and profit optimisation. After all, we are together serving an industry that is largely about quality.

Bert: Science@Work brings additional specialisation to the group. Last year, it gave over 450 people a new job. That is exactly why together we offer unique hybrid expertise. Whereas we provide quality in consultancy and the secondment of specialised staff, Science@Work offers more of a mix to the market. 

After all, it is the clients who lead the way, and that is precisely where our future collaboration adds huge value. The war for talent is a given, but the jobs to be done are the same. We can respond much more quickly than the competition and make proactive contributions to the client with solutions for the market.

Specialisation and full-service solutions – do they sum up your model? 

Dirk: Professional knowledge and the assurance of this knowledge remains very important in the scientific sector. However, there are certain specialisations that consultancy is very suitable for. Preclinical research, for example, takes a long time, so clients usually attract permanent employees for that. However, there is a huge need for additional professional knowledge in this wider area, which the labour market currently is unable to meet. We can’t allow these companies’ growth to stagnate. I see potential for traditional consultancy here.

Pauwels Consulting and supporting that growth of the Dutch market seem like a match made in heaven?

Bert: Absolutely, our ambition was to build a company in the Netherlands of the same reputation and scale as in Belgium. And that always leads us back to that unique DNA of ours, which enables us to offer our clients solutions in the life sciences, engineering and IT industries. 

We have been active in the latter two fields for some time in the Netherlands, but Science@Work has made the portfolio complete. We already had a strong regional presence throughout the Netherlands across several fields, with three offices in the market and now Amsterdam as a hub. 

And is it right to say that Science@Work has been making inroads in Belgium for some time now?

Dirk: We adopt the same approach and philosophy in Belgium, in that we combine a targeted methodology with in-depth expertise and quality. Our highly experienced recruitment team in Belgium – not least our longstanding experts Ilse, Els and Goedele – have worked to bring about very rapid growth in the Belgian market. In this highly differentiated and specialised market, their years of experience and skill sets dovetail perfectly with the desires and preferences of both jobseekers and our Belgian customers. In this sense, we are the ideal partners for Pauwels Consulting, and we expect that both will complement each other to maximum effect in Belgium.

Companies are only as strong as their employees, so what do they have to gain from this acquisition?

Dirk: With more than 25 years on the clock, I have seen several companies grow from within. Science@Work started at my kitchen table, but we always had high ambitions. That was very clear right from the beginning. However, besides the business as such, I derive most energy from seeing our employees grow around me. 

That is exactly where the strength of this acquisition lies: it is a magnificent development, primarily for the people of Science@Work themselves. It is therefore the clear wish of the management team to stay on board and continue to guide growth.

Bert: I look at it in the same way. My motto is to challenge the status quo, which automatically leads us to growth. For the sake of clarity, this is a growth story for both our staff and our clients. If we all start pushing forward the things that can be improved together, we will automatically achieve a better professional situation for all parties. 

The result of this is obviously growth, but in an organic way with respect for all employees. That has been the Pauwels Consulting’s recipe for the past 23 years, and it will continue to be for a long time to come. People development is not a buzzword for us. We have an army of resources ready within the group to add substance to talent development at the most individual level. 

To me, that is what will make the difference in the future. It is my firm belief that Science@Work employees really make a difference to their clients. Just as our Pauwels Consulting employees challenge our clients on a daily basis with the aim of improving things for them.

Dirk: Our employees are a perfect fit for this structure. We provide our clients with laboratory research, quality assurance and regulatory and commercial positions in and around the lab. That is after all the essential purpose of merging our companies: to focus on the client’s interests. 

Finally, I understood that besides the organic added value for the two companies, there is also some healthy competition?

Bert: If you are referring to my invitation to Dirk and his team to take part in the Ghent marathon, then you are absolutely right. It is no secret that Pauwels Consulting has a big heart for sport. Cycling, workouts in the office, padel with the staff, running competitions … We do it all.

Dirk: Challenge accepted, but be warned, because at Science@Work we also like going the extra mile. So, Bert, why not go straight for a half triathlon?

Bert: (laughs) Perhaps we can also take a pragmatic best of both worlds approach here and start with a quarter triathlon? 

Thank you for this interview, congratulations again on the acquisition and I wish you every success with your plans.

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Pauwels Consulting celebrates graduates Acceleration Program

14 Jun 2022

On May 31, 2022, Pauwels Consulting celebrated the graduates of the second edition of the Acceleration Program. The Acceleration Program is a high-paced training program for ambitious Pauwels Consultants who want to further hone their professional skills. We organise this yearly program in collaboration with Ormit Talent, our sister company specialized in talent development.

Big shout out to all graduates and the superb trainers of this program. It was a pleasure working with you, feeling your energy, watching you grow and hearing your wonderful feedback on this program. We’re confident you’ll put your newly acquired insights and skills to good use, and we look forward to watching you thrive in your future projects.

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Are you an ambitious Pauwels Consultant and do you want to step out of your comfort zone to take on the bumpy road to growth? Invitations for the third edition will go out at the end of the summer, so keep a close eye on your email, or go ahead and send us a message below. We’ll get in touch with you shortly to discuss your candidacy.

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