Sunday, 5 February 2012

Time in Construction Projects

Time Management in Construction Projects

Providing Project Time Management

Projects are rarely completed as quickly as clients expect. For a large building, five years from first thought to occupation is common and even small projects can take two years or more.

The Early Decisions

The greatest opportunities for added value come at the start of a project when the end still seems a long way off and perhaps very unreal. If a construction project is the way ahead, opportunities, alternatives, risks, methods and design options should be thoroughly examined. Reaching a clear understanding of the project’s potential, seeing what exists in the way of successful projects for benchmarking and familiarizing with the construction industry take time, especially if the architectural client is new to such projects. Many of the early decisions will affect the entire project, so they need to be the right ones. The client has a lot to do and must make time available.
The most effective decisions are based on thorough knowledge. If the client wants to know what he could achieve, he needs to understand what others have been able to achieve. Although each project has unique features, best practice examples can act as an inspiration and as benchmarks to check how well he is doing.

Time for Design

The architecture client needs to be particularly careful to make sure that he allows appropriate resources for design. When the process does not allow sufficient time and opportunity for design consultation and feedback the quality of the final project can be seriously compromised, with unfortunate results. If initial design has already been carried out the client needs to make special efforts to communicate with the architect.

Time for Building Hand-Over

Allowing for time towards the end of a project to absorb the impact of any unexpected twists in the process is also a wise precaution. The client should avoid planning a rapid move immediately after the programmed end of construction, as this will cause problems if there are unexpected delays. After hand-over, the building systems are likely to need fine tuning and time must also be allowed for that.

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