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Last edited 30 Jun 2021
Avoiding construction delays
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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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