Last edited 30 Jun 2021

Avoiding construction delays


[edit] Introduction

One of the reasons why construction projects are costly is due to the inability to finish on time. If you have a tight budget and want to save money, you must learn how to manage the time properly.

Here are some useful tips for you to think about before taking your next construction project. Whether you’re a manager planning out everything, an architect who creates the blueprints, or a real estate developer, these hints may be useful.

[edit] Identify delays

When planning for a project, keep in mind that delays will be inevitable. Try to realise the delays and blockers that could be the result of an overtime project.

The difference between delays and blockers:

  • Delays happen when things don’t go according to plan. It can be an unexpected event such as the rain. The working days will be delayed because the weather is inevitable and engineers can’t work in a wet area.
  • Blockers are something that must be executed before any other work can be continued. It can be a permit that was not signed by a certain government official, a required inspection that was not yet done or the fact that a certain material is not on hand.

It is important to know what delays are and what your blockers are so that you find a solution every step of the way without wasting time.

[edit] Develop managerial skills

Insufficient management is another reason for project failures. Managers are the skeleton of a project because they are required to create a plan that includes all the different elements and dynamics of the project.

A construction manager’s task is to make sure that everyone has their roles and responsibilities completed in an orderly manner. An amazing manager can juggle different aspects of a detailed plan and can make sure to avoid delays and blockers at the same time.

[edit] Have a detailed plan

If you want everything to be on time, being detailed about every aspect of the way is an important factor. You can’t just state a concept or task without all of its descriptions and guidelines. It is a necessity for a project to be executed successfully.

A successful plan always has contingency plans for unseen forecasts and circumstances along the way. This would create a clear guideline for how you should respond to delays and blockers.

[edit] Assign tasks appropriately

A construction project involves different fields, and there are many employees, contractors, subcontractors, managers and other personnel directly involved. It means that the construction manager has a lot of responsibilities to take care of and higher chances of something going wrong. One wrong move and it could create a significant delay for the project.

You must learn to give the right roles as well as the right responsibilities to the right people. Let them learn that in every action they take, they must be accountable for it. Remember to focus not just on what needs to be done, but who will be responsible for doing it (and remember to include a deadline for completion as well).

[edit] Appoint contractors

You need to schedule all of your contractors far advance in case of disasters. Your mind must see everything like a bird’s eye view.

Make sure that all the supplies that will be needed for the project will be available when the time starts. You will need about a month to order the supplies you need, and perhaps a couple more months for you to bid and plan. You will need about three months or more to start organising all your constractors.

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