What are the different construction management strategies to be applied in the projects successfully?
There are a lot of uncertainties throughout the construction process which requires the project managers to take prompt decisions so that goals can be achieved effectively. These uncertainties can be caused by a variety of factors like lack of communication, inadequate planning, avoidance of safety protocol, etc. With the advent of Drafting Services and subsequently Building Design Solutions the number of onsite errors has drastically reduced. It can be attributed to effective and precise planning in the preconstruction stage. With clash detection, accurate construction documentation, etc. it is possible to resolve a lot of errors offsite so that onsite construction can go smoothly. However, there are still some uncontrolled variables that could cause potential problems onsite.
Utilize the below construction management strategies to optimize productivity and performance.
1. Proper Planning:
Continuous and precise planning is key to successful onsite construction. The planning should begin well before onsite construction commences. Moreover, the project manager should be well aware of all the changes that are taking place onsite and should update the plans and designs as required. It is also important to remember that a slight change in plan will affect both cost and timeline. If BIM is utilized in the preconstruction stage for planning and designing then it can also provide advantages during the onsite construction. With 4D BIM Services the project managers can keep track of schedules and ensure that the project timeline is being followed. With 5D BIM any changes made in the design or material quantities are automatically reflected in the 3D model.
2. Effective Communication:
There are so many people involved in the construction projects like civil engineers, architects, designers, suppliers, fabricators, etc. All these people need to be on the same page for the construction to go smoothly. The project manager can create a flow of communication that involves every stakeholder and supplier. This ensures greater transparency. All the comments, documents, calendars, etc. should be synced together so that everyone can monitor the changes in schedule, budget, shift, etc. in real-time. This way if there are conflicts they can be spotted and the errors arising out of miscommunication are reduced.
3. Risk Management
A construction site is dangerous and there are a variety of ways in which accidents can take place there. The project manager should start by doing a thorough analysis of the construction site and then educate the ground workers on safety protocols and procedures. They can also use AI and machine learning to provide training on heavy equipment. The project manager should also ensure proper supervision. With the real-time assessment, the manager can make adjustments to keep the project schedule on a budget so that worker safety is not compromised. Finally, they should have proper contingency plans in place in case of any accidents onsite.
4. Do not control the small things:
The project manager should never look to micromanage every aspect of the project. It could be extremely unproductive and lead to a waste of time. Irrespective of the size and complexity of the project the manager should have an idea of the skills and expertise of the other involved parties. Constantly looking over their heads could be counterproductive as it not just wastes their own time but could also be quite demotivating and reduce the speed of work. The focus must be shifted from handling small tasks to the larger goal completion of the project.
The construction project manager faces new challenges each day during the timeline of the project. These strategies can be helpful in the construction project to streamline the processes and optimize workflow.