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Construction Project Management: How it Works

Construction Tech Review | Monday, January 03, 2022

Technology has made life easier and more efficient in so many ways, and the construction business is no exception.

FREMONT, CA: Every building project, whether a tiny bathroom makeover or a skyscraper, follows a similar pattern. Each endeavor necessitates preparation and design. Additionally, project managers must consider inventory, resources, and supply management; the project's actual construction must be controlled, and there will be post-construction problems to iron out.

No matter the size of the construction project, it benefits from a well-thought-out plan and an experienced project manager. It is critical to understand the construction process to create the best construction plan possible.

The construction process encompasses all of the steps required to complete a building project. This five-phase process includes planning/design, pre-construction, procurement, construction, and post-construction. Each phase provides its own set of challenges, depending on the project's size and scope.

While construction projects vary in size, stakeholder count, budget, and completion date, one thing is sure: they are always a lengthy and challenging process involving several moving parts. That is why having the appropriate project management tool on hand is crucial.

The good news is that managing the various phases of a project has gotten more accessible and more efficient using construction-specific project management software. Consider the early stages of a construction project and the function of project management tools at each stage.

The Initial Phase

The commencement phase of every building project is vital to its success. It encompasses all the steps required before approving a project and commencing any planning.

Program development and feasibility analysis: The planning team creates a feasibility study or business case outlining the aims and goals of the project. This first design stage typically comprises three separate steps: during this point, judgments about the building's size, how much space will be used, and how many rooms will be required are made. After these decisions have been made, a project initiation document (PID) is created.

Schematic design: Next, the team builds a schematic drawing of the area, complete with materials, colors, and textures. This data will be used to study the equipment and materials used during the design phase.

Contractual documentation: These are the project's final designs and specs. These documents are used by contractors when they submit bids for jobs.

What Role Does Software Play in Planning/Design?

As a result of technical improvements, construction planning has experienced a sea change. Construction scheduling software automates the process of entering data agreed upon throughout the planning phase and increases data sharing's accuracy and timeliness. Before the project begins, the integrated construction management software helps project managers and stakeholders to identify potential blockages and design solutions.

When data from several stakeholders is centralized, the risk of human error is reduced, and the entire team is on the same page.

While generating the schematic is time-consuming, it becomes simpler when all pertinent documentation is centralized. When data is updated in real-time, the planning team has an accurate view of the job's progress.

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