Modern Project Management in the Construction Industry

Modern Project Management in the Construction Industry

15th October 2014

An effective building project management strategy is essential for designing and completing a construction project on schedule and on budget.  One of the most vital factors for success is a high level of synchronisation throughout the team working on the project – the team’s ability to collaborate smoothly is crucial for construction to be successful and to the client’s specifications.  

A construction team that does not work together well or communicate effectively inevitably encounter snags and crises along the way which can result in delays and added expense.  Unfiled documents, incorrerct paperwork and miscommunication between work teams can even lead to the cancellation of a project.

We’re living in the Digital Age and innovative new technology is helping the construction industry to become safer and more efficient for the 21st Century.  Take a look at how Cloud Computing is helping keep projects on track and under control.

Stages of a Building Project

  • The first stage of any construction project is the preparation and design stage with an architect or building project manager assessing the feasibility of the client’s expectations. 
  • Then comes the definition of the project’s organisational structure.  The various elements of the project, including structural and architectural components, cost estimation, financial planning, planning approval and legal compliance will all need to be completed and integrated into the project.
  • The pre-construction stage is when the roles within the project are defined, work schedules are drawn up and deadlines specified. 
  • Once the actual construction work begins, all of the above elements of preparation, design and pre-construction will merge as the teams begin the on-site work. 
  • Documentation and monitoring of the operation will now begin, both on and off site.

Cloud Construction

Cloud computing is making a big difference in the construction industry, enabling architectural companies and building firms to increase their ability to compete by optimising the use of resources and reducing costs when tendering for contracts.  This space-age technology even makes testing and developing a project much easier. 

A project manager is able to set the overall budget, manpower, physical assets and schedule in order to analyse whether or not the project is viable.  This data is also a useful basis on which to evaluate a project as it progresses.

Cloud computing also provides a flexible and convenient method of maintaining records – design and blueprint materials, legal and financial documents and technical information. 

Cloud computing allows everybody involved in the project access to the same information ensuring effective collaboration in real time.

Cloud computing provides a secure and easy to access platform to make sure that information is protected and retrievable with all data backed up quickly and accurately with frequent updates.

Although managing a building project from start to finish is a tall order, modern tools and technology is making it easier for project managers to collaborate creatively and efficiently, cuttings costs and brining in projects within deadline.