It has become more of a nightmare to manage construction projects in the contemporary world effectively. The complexity is mainly because the project managers need more effective plans; and somewhat because the existing techniques need to be determined critically in time. There is a need to have some planning coupled with the application of modern technologies, which in turn assist in streamlining workflows. Below are vital approaches to be put in place to promote the successful and timely completion of projects.
A solid foundation is a critical issue of consideration by all stakeholders. One needs to clearly understand and lay down details of the groundwork for a successful project. The project plan should identify the project scope distinctively.
Every successful project requires a good communicator. As a project owner or engineer, you need to be at par with what is happening at the construction site to ease adjustments should there be a need to. Constant and efficient communication is vital in helping you to get to the result quickly. The message you want to pass across should be clear and precise. Communication in this manner should be done face-to-face or via phone, but all in all, the context.
A construction company needs to establish or set up quality management systems to help keep track of all projects and improve project success rates. The advantage of this is that it enables you to save money in the long run since you will have to invest only in quality management systems from day one. It is unlikely to have issues like expensive re-dos or time-consuming repairs.
It is tested and proven by most industries, not just construction industries, that the efficiency of staff or workers is the determining factor for the success of any project. It is only wise for a construction planner to have the right team who are well equipped with knowledge and skills in all designs including BIM and MEP design and solutions as this will translate directly to effectiveness as far as the construction project is concerned. Have a skilled team that can handle any kind of design or offer solutions that last and increase productivity.
Whereas everyone wants their construction projects to follow their set-out plans, we must consider the possibility of the techniques suffering a derailment for various reasons. Therefore, it is imperative to monitor the progress closely by carefully trying to do daily progress reports analysis. You can do this by measuring productivity, managing risks and unforeseen events, and keeping an eye on the schedule and budget.
Monitoring progress doesn’t only apply to construction managers: Clients or building owners must also keep a close watch on their projects’ daily or timely progress. They need to be aware of issues at the job site and even offer advice or insight.
You should effectively review construction contracts before signing. You must also understand the main issues to consider if a warranty has been given to you. You may have a JCT Contract: (a JCT Contract is an agreement between a contractor and a subcontractor for purposes of construction work). It sets out guidelines on how you should carry out the work, the specific materials needed, the guidelines on how and when payment should happen, and who is responsible for any problems that might arise during construction.
Whether running a big construction operation, a small one, or just you, it is advisable to set up a small office for better planning results. The office must be significant, just smaller, a tiny room where all project progress can be identified and developed. The office should be centrally located where you typically work so you and your project management team can quickly get to job sites. The office should also be located where your clients can quickly get to if they want to come by your office to discuss a project or sign a contract.
You should, however, go for something other than a fancy office, especially when you are just starting to grow up. Minimize office expenditure so you don’t begin to incur losses even before you commence your construction project implementation. It would be best if you keep your overhead low.
From the project’s onset to specific levels and eventually to the conclusion, one needs to have documentation available to the stakeholders when required. Even when project management processes put in place are the best, the project is rarely completed on time and within the set-out budget. Documentation becomes necessary so that stakeholders can easily plan for any unforeseen events. Adjustments are therefore easily made should there be a need.
There is a need for consistent vigilance, i.e., monitoring real-time job progress and job costs. Monitoring progress helps projects to run more smoothly. You should be able to listen to what the team says, talk to them about new ideas and be open to taking in their advice.
Modern-day projects turn out to be more complex and demanding. Therefore everyone needs to be on the same page at all times to ensure success.
The world is currently undergoing several advances in technology. Software companies are continuously developing construction management and estimating various software packages that one should implement in their company. Examples of the software you need to advance in include;
a) estimating software
b) accounting software
c) customer relationship managers, and
d) construction management software; to manage contracts, RFIs, change orders, and payment requisitions.
All actors of construction projects are under obligation to play their roles effectively regardless of ranking status. Team work and responsibility ensures faster and efficient completion of tasks and projects in place. Furthermore, it encourages good communication and delegation of tasks to ensure that timelines are met but quality of work is not compromised. The following pointers discussed above should be your guideline if you are looking to make your construction business a success and guarantee customer satisfaction.