Dear Fellow Islanders:

We are Island Engineers devoted to Improving Island Life and hope
this is a useful reference guide.

Should you require a customized proposal for your projects, please
do not hesitate to contact us.

  Unique Culture  
  The Pacific Ocean does not divide us, it connects us, one island to another. Yet each of our islands has developed its own unique culture and environment. Understanding and integrating the unique traits of each island helps us to find the balance point between ART (creating something new, like a new project), SCIENCE (engineering tools to solve problems) and CULTURE (our island life).  
  Engineering Standards  
  Home to 1 million island residents and host to over 4 million tourists annually, the island of Oahu features one of the most densely concentrated and self-contained infrastructure systems on our planet. Consequently, the highly developed and robustly tested engineering standards used to guide development on this island are used as a basis for developing infrastructure standards across the Pacific.  
  Qualified construction contractors on each island are uniquely talented, experienced and equipped to take on upcoming projects. Encouraging contractors to compete for projects on neighbor islands improves overall quality, competition, and price, and brings new approaches to each island from which to learn.  
  Wastewater Collection American Samoa ADB Pohnpei Inflow &
Infiltration Study, FSM
Pohnpei Wastewater Study, FSM Kolonia School, FSM  
  Island Engineering Approach  
Each project starts with a clearly defined Basis of Design or Scope of Work.
  • Basis of Design
  • Conceptual
  • Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Construction
Pavement Rehabilitation
and Safety Project, Guam
Kosrae Aircraft Rescue and
Fire Fighting Building, FSM
FSM Airport Pohnpei Wastewater
Municipal System
Pohnpei Technnology
Park, FSM
Island Engineering Basis of Design
A successful construction project follows this order of importance.
Specifications describe the project and is the most important interpretation of a project. Quantities for construction is created to obtain pricing from Contractors. Plans represent our "vision" of work to be built as a summary of integrated improvements
RMI Seaport Karachi Port
Micronesia Airport Micronesia Airport
Specifications are developed over the years.
  • Slope protection(low tide)
    YAP Dock & Harbor Design
  • 5 Months
    50 Years
    100 Years
    10,000 years
  • Project Specification:
    Customized for each project
    Island Specification:
    Evolved over time
    Engineering Curriculum
    Mankind's trial and error
    of Engineering Knowledge
Construction plans are unique to each project and must provide clarity for
the contractor.
Plans are created to show what the end project is to be. Enough details are shown to aid the Contractor and the
Construction Manager in building the structure.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • A
    • The construction cost estimate is prepared based on
      the scope of work and quantities are taken off the
      construction plans.
    • This document will determine that the project can be
      constructed within the cost budgeted by the owner.
    • After a project is awarded, a construction cost is set
      based on the quantities and the unit bid prices as
      provided in the contract.
    1. Quantifying construction activity helps in managing
      progress and project management.
    2. The method of measurement is in the specifications
      and the plans are used to describe the quantity.
    3. Prior to Construction, reviewing all construction
      documents with the contractor will help assure
  • B
Route 7A, Guam Weno Road, FSM Weno Road, FSM
Cost Estimates
  Successful project management requires teamwork and presents the owner with detailed specifications, plans and quantity.The Island Engineer has intimate knowledge of the plans and overall design intent, therefore it is crucial that he/she be involved during the construction process.  

Construction Change Orders define the cost of any change to the plans during construction. Changes can be due to Client change in scope, unforeseen conditions, dynamic changes in actual condition from the time of site investigation during predesign or when errors or omissions are discovered in the plans and specifications.

That is why it is very important that the Island Engineer is involved during the construction process. The designer is intimately knowledgeable with the plans and overall design intent.

Construction Management involved 3 parties:
1. Owner
2. Construction Manager
3. Island Engineer

LYON has been doing this for 51 years and we always strive to not have any change orders.  
    Island Engineer
Weno Road, FSM  
  Contractor Island Engineer evaluates a proposed change order or contract modification according to the
project scope and specifications and requires a Contractor to submit a justification if he
proposes a request for time extension. He will determine whether the change is an additive or
deductive and makes a recommendation so the Owner is confident he is making an informed
  Construction We make every effort to provide the tools (specs, quantities, plans) to ensure that:

1. The scope and intent of the project is fully defined and understood.
2. The work being constructed can be easily monitored for compliance to the highest standard.
3. The work can be clearly budgeted and paid for.
  Project Management
The hurricane intensity and sea level rise occurs
the most in the Pacific where we work and it is why
we partner with the University of Hawaii, Disaster
Management and Humanitarian Assistance
Program, National Disaster Preparedness Training
Center ( to provide the
best planning possible for our clients.
Hurricanes, Sea Level Rise, & LYON Presence
Airport Accessibility vs Sea Level Rise
Airport Aerial View, FSM
Island Life Cycle vs. Water Supply
Yap Roadway Analysis
  • Route I, American Samoa
  • Yap Road Survey, FSM
  • Yap Road, FSM
Sea Level Rise vs Transportation
we are here to help
45 North King Street, Suite 501
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-5649 USA
Ph. 808-536-6621 Fax. 808-523-1738