Construction Management Strategies – Planning
Careful planning is at the forefront of all successful construction projects. Planning will assist in the formation of the project’s budget and schedule. Accurate planning ensures that resources, including equipment, materials and labor are used efficiently and effectively. Planning not only defines the scope of the project, but it also provides information on each incremental step in the project with budget information and timelines for completing each step in the process.
Construction Management Strategies – Communication
Since construction projects are large in scope, there are many stakeholders involved. These stakeholders include, but are not limited to: designers, architects, contractors and subcontractors, vendors, site planners, building owners, and those in the community. Because so many are involved in various stages of the construction project, effective communication is important.
Effective and timely communication with the project team is important to advise of budget and schedule constraints, design changes and progress. The client’s also require regular updates on the project’s progress. Because of that it is important that the construction team meets at scheduled intervals during the project to keep everyone in the know regarding any current or foreseen changes in any area of the project.
The construction of a building not only involves those directly associated with its construction, but can also impact those in the community. As stewards of the community, it is also important to communicate to those effected. This can be done by posting signs, holding press conferences, and keeping the area properly fenced off to keep pedestrians from entering the site.
Effective communication is a critical strategy when completing a construction project and should not be taken for granted. In fact, ineffective communication during construction projects can have serious effects on the progress of the construction project, such as:
- Material and equipment delays
- Shortage of labor
- Inability to stay on budget
- Delay in the project completion
- Need for rework
Construction Management Strategies – Assessment
The construction manager is able to assess various aspects of the construction process by being onsite supervising the work. The real time assessment allows for the construction manager to make any needed adjustments to keep the project on schedule, as well as on budget. The construction manager is also able to assess demands that can cause delays or budget increases and either communicate needs or make adjustments to counteract the demands. A thorough assessment of the work is also needed to ensure quality. Each of these areas can be done onsite by the construction manager to help keep the project going smoothly.
Construction Management Strategies – Monitoring
During the entirety of the construction project monitoring is important to keep in line with the project’s budget and timeline. These two aspects of the project are what is most important to the client who may have obligations to uphold that are tied to the timely completion of the project. While the construction manager can be onsite to supervise the construction, it is often necessary to use tools, such as construction management software to keep accurate records of the costs and scheduling demands. The use of a software system can help to provide the client a comprehensive and complete picture up to the minute. In addition, it can alert the construction manager of any demands that may cause the project to be delayed or to go over budget. Because construction projects have hundreds of moving parts, a system that can help consolidate those parts is invaluable to freeing up the construction managers time and allowing him or her to make effective decisions while the project is in motion.