Construction projects are complex and are difficult to handle. They are difficult not only for the project manager or the contractor but also the project owner in terms of litigation as well as expenditure. When the projects are not well-planned, it gets difficult to deliver them on time and fulfill the contractual terms and conditions.
This article aims to provide you with the key points of consideration, which will help you with an improved pre-planning for the construction project.
Points of consideration in construction project planning
Construction project phases can be broadly divided into three: planning, construction work, and closing out. While every phase has its own significance, planning is the most important part of any construction project. The fate of the next phases of your project depends a great deal on how you plan it.
When you are in the planning phase of your construction project, you need to make the following considerations to plan your project well and effectively.
1. Well defined technical requirements
Every project is unique in its size and technical requirements. When your project is yet to begin, you need to carry a thorough analysis out of your project specifications. Consider the users of the building. What will be the technologies used in the meanwhile? Will there be any changes in the user’s or the technology’s requirements during the project process?
2. Analyze the complexity of the project
While it is a known fact that construction projects are complex in nature, some are relatively more complex than others. You need to carry out this assessment based on various factors to be vigilant of the complexity the project manager may face.
What are the requirements of engineering and architectural design? Are there any elements of uniqueness that will pose additional risks to the schedule of the project?
3. Site analysis
The fate of Construction projects often depends on the site conditions. Make sure you take your expert consultants to the site for a detailed analysis of the existing conditions. What lies underground? How about the water table in the area? What kind of soil does the land have?
What is the level of disturbance that the project process will have to face owing to the site conditions and location? All of these questions require answers in order for you to carry out comprehensive planning for the project.
4. Project team capabilities
At the time of planning, you are gathering people from various fields of expertise. While to hire people to be sure of their capabilities. Especially when it comes to engineering consultants and Quantum and delay expert, you must ensure their level of expertise is high enough to carry out effective project preplanning.
5. Anticipated Delivery issues
Construction material and labor pricings change very frequently. These are often unpredictable as they depend on a lot of varying factors. These need the attention of the project manager and cost analysts for designing and crafting the project’s budget. When prices change, the supply of contractors, sub-contractors as well as the laborer staff also increases in the market.
Thus, analyze the market trends and make informed projections before setting out the actual work of the project.
How to create a project plan?
Make an initial draft. Set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Take a CLEAR strategy which makes the plan Collaborative, limited, emotional, appreciable, and refine-able. Then take into consideration the problems any party will face while execution of each step and activity as decided in the original terms of the contract. Put in place the key performance indicators, so that the project performance can be gauged at any stage of the work till the closing stage.
Planning makes all the difference in construction!
If you are going on a road trip, what is the most important part of it? Planning. Because if you do not plan your trip and all its specifics, you are certainly going to waste your time and return without enjoying the trip and exploring new places. Well, the same is the case of a construction project. Only the road is more tortuous.
The construction process needs effective and comprehensive planning for risk-free execution and timely completion. You have to order equipment and materials, hire project managers, construction consultants. You also need to seek the services of a delay expert and other expert witnesses. Well, all of this is going on simultaneously.
When you take into consideration the performance indicators, productivity analysis systems, the capabilities of the project team, and the anticipated changes in the scope of the project, it gets a lot easier to devise an effective plan for your project. With an effective plan, you can ensure the timely deployments and execution on every step as per the contractual requirement as well as the interests of the parties involved in the project.