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Construction Tech Review | Friday, November 26, 2021

Every building project, whether a tiny bathroom makeover or a skyscraper, follows a similar pattern. Each endeavor necessitates preparation and design.

FREMONT, CA: Every construction project, regardless of size, benefits from a well-thought-out plan and an experienced project manager. It is vital to understand the construction process to create the best plan for your construction project. The construction process entails all of the procedures necessary to execute a building project. This process is divided into five phases: planning/design, pre-construction, procurement, construction, and post-construction. Each phase presents unique obstacles, depending on the size and scope of the project. While construction projects vary in scale, stakeholder count, budget, and completion date, one thing is sure: they are always a lengthy and rigorous process with numerous moving pieces. That is why it is critical to have the appropriate project management tool on hand. The good news is that managing the various project phases has become easier and more efficient using construction-specific project management software. Consider how project management technologies help in the initial phases of a building project.

The Initiation Phase: The start phase is critical to the success of any construction project. It comprises all of the stages that must be completed before approving a project and initiating any planning.

Typically, this first design stage consists of three distinct steps:

•   Programming and feasibility: The planning team develops a feasibility study or business case that details the project's objectives and goals. At this stage, decisions are made on the size of the building, how much space will be used, and how many rooms will be required. Following the completion of these decisions, a project initiation document (PID) is prepared.

•  Schematic design: The team then creates a drawing of the area, including the materials, colors, and textures. This information will be utilized to research the equipment and materials used throughout the design phase.

•  Contract documents: These are the final designs and specifications for the project, and these documents are used by contractors bidding on the job.

How Can Software Aid in Planning/Design?

Construction planning has undergone a sea change as a result of technological advancements. The integrated construction management software enables project managers and stakeholders to detect potential roadblocks and devise solutions even before the project begins. Construction scheduling software streamlines the process of recording data agreed upon during the planning phase and improves the accuracy and timeliness of data sharing.

When all data from many stakeholders is centralized, the danger of human mistakes is minimized, and the entire team remains on the same page.

While creating the schematic is typically a complicated procedure, it gets easier when all relevant documentation is centralized. When information is updated in real-time, the planning team can develop an accurate picture of the job's progress.

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