Construction project managers play a vital role in the overall success of any given project and as a result, a talented PM is a valuable asset to the project. Fortunately, a PM’s effectiveness is not all down to innate skill – there are clearly defined truths that when learned and understood, become the foundation of a high performing PM’s success. Today, we will look at a three of those truths. These are things you already know, but let's chat about these key items.
SaaS is the platform that takes collaboration to the next level and its impact on document management has been profound. Dispersed and/or multi-stakeholder project teams are now able to scan, store and recall electronic copies of documents at the click of a mouse. Centralizing project related documents in a secure, web accessible repository allows project team members – irrespective of their geographical location – to access, modify and track documents.
Today quality assurance testing data is collected, calculated and reported manually or through spreadsheets.
Problems areise if the tests are
Most building sites have zones where internet connectivity is lost. This can be the result of underground constructed items or due to projects located in rural areas with limited access.
Inspector daily activities vary throughout the year. Often the inspector needs a refresher course on best practices for the numerous construction items.
Construction crews always need lab test and inspection results in order to plan their activities for the following day. The cog in the wheel is the notification from the inspection/ laboratory.
In the capital construction process, the challenge of implementing software systems typically falls on contractors and not on the project owner. As best practices evolve towards a more integrated approach, owners are being called on to take a more active leadership role throughout the entire project life cycle. Simlarly, technology is becoming an increasingly important tool for project owners who need to collaborate and make intelligent business decisions, driven by real-time project data. Project management software tools in particular, are playing a key role in today’s owner led collaboration paradigm.
Every Project is inundated with drawing changes through the manufacturing and construction process. The NDCC notification of design change, is a cumbersome and inefficient manual and/or semi-manual process. The drawing changes create an updated version of the original. Problems arise about if the crew is building to the correct drawing or, which portion of the ODD (Original Design Drawing) will be unaffected by the new version, thereby allowing progression on unaffected areas. Building on wrong drawings are costly errors.
The construction crew often stop work as a result of a NDC. The drawing representing a scope of work may under go unknown design changes. These unknowns changes may result in stopping work as a result of working on an area that may be revised!