Planning for construction project managers and supervisors
On construction projects days are often rushed and many construction project managers, supervisors and foremen barely have time to think, being pulled in different directions and facing demands from their managers, their crew and the client. Yet, it’s vital to find some quiet time to think through and plan the day’s activities – what must be done today, what must happen tomorrow and what must happen today so that tomorrow’s tasks can be accomplished. What must happen next week and what must be done today so that next week’s tasks can happen.
This day to day planning includes ensuring that materials are ordered, that there are sufficient workers with the right skills, and that construction equipment will be available. It comprises looking at the construction schedule (programme) so that you understand what must be done and in what sequence. It covers studying the drawings to check that all the information is complete and clear so the structure can be built. It means checking that there’ll be access to the work areas and ensuring that preceding tasks are completed. Of course, it also means communicating with your crew so that everyone knows what has to be done and how it will be accomplished.
Regrettably many in construction neglect to plan projects properly, leading to emergencies and problems when things haven’t been ordered, when items aren’t available, or access isn’t ready. It’s far easier and takes less time to plan things properly, than to resolve problems created by inadequate planning. I always say, “it’s much easier to be a fire prevention officer than a firefighter”. Project managers and supervisors often spend an inordinate amount of time ordering items which have been forgotten – this often takes several phone calls, begging and cajoling suppliers for a favour to get the item immediately, additional calls to arrange special transport, then more time following up why the item hasn’t arrived yet. Often crews have to be switched around to work elsewhere when materials, equipment, information or access isn’t available. Not only does the project manager or supervisor waste time making the changes, but invariably the crew is disrupted and everyone has wasted a couple of hours and got frustrated in the process.
Learn to plan projects properly. Time spent planning your construction project is time that you will more than make up by avoiding project delays and dealing with issues resulting from poor or inadequate planning.
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