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Tool summary

Name of the tool
AMP 3 Process map

Description of the tool

The AMP3 Process Map is a decision making framework, designed to guide and ensure consistency in the use of selected tools to improve sustainability throughout a projects lifetime from outline approval to contract review.

Developed and used by Morrison Construction, a construction firm working on utilities, social housing, urban regeneration, education, health and transport infrastructure, and water infrastructure as part of an alliance team (Capital Alliance) for AMP3 - the third asset management and investment programme by water companies.

The AMP 3 Process Map reflects an overall approach to working in an integrated environment by setting out different phases within a development and the outputs, activities and staff who should be involved at the different stages. This is a key tool for Morrison Construction in order to ensure that issues relating to sustainability are considered at the earliest opportunity and integrated throughout the process.

The AMP3 Process chart separates the project process into four decision making parts, with each of the four parts covering:
• Process Inputs - such as manhole survey, environmental appraisal and land referencing,
• Delivery Process – team activity includes formal and informal reviews of progress,
• Process Outputs – relating to Budget release and Risk meetings,
• Morrison Activity – specifies role for various staff within the organisation,
• Morrison Process Responsibility - who is ultimately responsible for each phase,
• Morrison Quality Assurance records – this lists the outputs that have to be released from the process such as minutes from a particular meeting that has to have taken place, Design validation report etc..

Of the four parts, the first two parts: the Modelling/Feasibility and Scheme definition are the responsibility of the Design Manager. Target cost and Detail design/construction delivery sections are the responsibility of the Catchment Manager.

Each of these parts of the decision making process are broken down into sections and sub sections that are monitored by different members of the project team including Cost Consultant, Estimator, Environmental Ecologist, Specialist contractor, land agent, designer, sewage operator, client, planning supervisor, contract administrator, environment agency, Third party designer. It is impossible to specify the project team for each individual project as this will vary depending on the scale and nature of the project.

The crucial part of the process is the first part as it is easier to design out sustainability problems rather than mitigation at the construction stage.

The decision making process evolved from experience and best practice. It was decided that the best way to avoid costly design mistakes was to include all interested parties/stakeholders to become involved at the earliest stages. This also ensures that stakeholders & customer / end user requirements are firmly established at the outset.

The tool has been designed to be adapted to local circumstances and individual projects. Parts of the process can be excluded if they are not appropriate and other sections can be revisited if necessary, for example, revisions to design may require replication of an earlier step in the process to identify the impacts of the change.

Specific topic
Process map for improving the sustainability of water related projects

Sector/s of use






Building & Land use







M - main sector, 1 - sub sector and 0 - n/a

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