Improving Project Management on Your Site

  • Mark Edwards ·
  • February 8, 2022

One of the most important skills you can learn and use as the head of a construction or renovation team is the ability to manage your time and resources well. This is what project management is all about. However, many sites run without more than the most basic of project management, so here are a few tips to see how you can improve it.

Ongoing and Continuous Planning Is Key

Planning should be done well before construction begins, that much is true. However, this planning shouldn’t finish when the project start. You should be redeveloping the pre-construction, procurement and construction stages based on any changes in design. Every change that happens in each step should then result in an evaluation of the plans that you have ahead of time. Otherwise, you can end up getting into a project with plans that are out of date, not factoring in changes that were made earlier in the process. Construction project planning software can make it easier to organise and adjust on the fly.

Monitor and Re-Evaluate

It’s not just the planning stages that should affect and change how you manage your project. Naturally, the reality of how the project goes should see you adapt, as well. This shouldn’t only happen when you hit a barrier or roadblock that requires you to work around it. With tools like a construction time lapse camera, you can overlook the project’s progress every day. This can allow you to monitor progress and working practices, and this information can help you go back and make changes to the project, mitigating potential risks rather than simply waiting for them and reacting to them.

Always Consider Points of Failure

Just as continuous planning and observation need to be crucial parts of your project management, so too should you be constantly preparing against the eventuality of problems in the project and what you can do to mitigate them. This can include steps such as figuring out which insurance you might need to invest in based on the new factors introduced to a project along the way, or new safety precautions you should take if additional tasks or equipment are added to the project’s brief.

Make Reporting Easier

You may not have the time to pay attention to the details of every conversation being had about the project, especially if you have sub-contractors heading different teams. To that end, you should make sure that you’re able to get the most important information delivered to you on a regular basis and, to that end, automated reporting systems can help you do just that. With more information, you can make more detailed insights and changes without having to spend all day communicating directly with the others on the project.

Site management is one of the most important skills on any worksite, even if it isn’t always recognised as such. Hopefully, the tips above can help you give your site that extra bit of management that can help you keep the job safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective.

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