Good construction management is vital to carry out and complete large scale projects. With so many facets involved, not having a highly effective and functioning team can be detrimental to a project’s progress as well as to the company’s reputation.
Construction Management – Planning
Planning is the most important aspect of any construction management project. Planning is key to the success of the project and time considerations should allow ample time for appropriate planning. This is not a step in the process that can be breezed over in order to “hurry up and get started.” Improper planning can cause unforeseen issues which equate to time and money lost. While it may be tempting to appease a client and to rush planning steps, it is crucial that you advise your clients that proper planning is critical in order to avoid future delays and to stay on track with the budget and schedule constraints. Careful and precise planning also requires superior organizational skills. Software programs are available to help organize information into easy and readable steps. For companies that deal with large scale construction projects having effective software is a must.
Construction Management – Upgrade Technology
From the latest budget software to creating virtual plans, using technology will not only speed up many processes but it will help keep you on the cutting edge of your industry. You will be able to hold virtual meetings and provide up to the minute schedule and budget data to your clients. You can also define your budget and use planning software to see where you have room to save money. In addition, technology will allow you to be available for clients and vendors anytime and anyplace with new mobile applications. With large scale project’s there are many sub-projects going on at the same time which can make progress difficult to track. Since the general contractor can’t be in multiple places at the same time, having the technology to track people, processes, progress, and budgets is invaluable. Technology can also save you the hassle of trying to track down a specific person for an answer. All of the project team can enter data into the software platform so that data is available to everyone on the team.
Construction Management – Transparency
During long, large scale project’s it is likely that there will be some hiccups along the way. Depending on the size of the issue and the cost and time needed to correct it, it will influence whether or not your client needs to be involved in the solution. But it is important that any issue (s) or potential issue (s) that are posed are brought to your client’s attention. Transparency is key to foster an environment of trust for everyone involved in the project and if something isn’t going as planned, step forward and advise your client right away of the problem and potential solutions. The potential pitfall of keeping client’s and/or the project team in the dark is that you lose their trust and potential future collaborations.
Construction Management – Collaboration
With so many involved in projects from the site planners to designers to the community, it is important to collaborate with everyone in order for the project to flow seamlessly from inception to completion. While there are often many personalities and opinions involved, it is important to solicit feedback from everyone. This creates an emphasis on the team and helps to keep everyone committed to the success of the project. When you work collaboratively as a team, you also foster the environment of trust, as well as find creative ideas to solve problems. The more buy-in you have from everyone involved, the less likely you are to have delays. Collaborative teams will work together to help each other solve problems and some may even go above and beyond the call of duty to help. Collaboration helps contribute to higher worker satisfaction which ultimately leads to higher client satisfaction.