To most outsiders, a construction manager has the easiest job in the world who just has to order people around to get work done. A construction manager is an experienced person whose main task is to ensure that all activities at the work site get completed in time and there is no shortfall of materials during the construction. Construction management requires skill and experience which is learnt on the job as both material management and people management skills have to be adopted to get work done. Construction projects require a large investment of money, materials and manpower. And to ensure that the end results meet expectations set during the planning and envisioning stage, they have to follow certain essential guidelines.
Project planning and approval
Before beginning work a project framework has to be determined that will determine time based schedules for each activity and resources for them. All necessary permits and approvals from local authorities have to be in place before beginning any form of construction activity to avoid litigation and undue delay. Any delay in project completion timeline can lead to cost overruns so each phase has to be duly planned and completed as per the schedule.
Every phase of a construction project should be planned to the smallest details like materials and manpower followed by contingencies that are likely to arise during this phase. All commercial and industrial construction activities must have details of cost outlay in every phase to limit wastage and ensure proper utilization of resources. Cost management involves paying close attention to budgets and project guidelines and measuring progress through every stage to ensure adherence to original plan.
Construction management involves a high degree of risk as the manager has to manage several vendors, people and materials together and coordinate them. He has to protect the workers against risks related to construction activity and also ensure that all safety regulations are followed while mentally preparing themselves for all kinds of disasters that may happen. Experienced construction managers know how to manage resource to keep operating costs at a low level.
Maintaining quality and project guidelines
Every construction activity is fraught with risks and a manager has to deal with multiple situations and challenges every day to ensure that work gets completed in time. As there are regulatory guidelines for each activity he has to oversee that workers comply with them and also maintain safety principles to protect themselves. A construction supervisor’s alertness and cordial relationship with vendors and workers at the site will help to maintain quality and meet project deadlines.
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