Important Considerations for Planning a Construction Job

 

As a construction project manager, you’re responsible for making sure that the job is delivered as per the blueprints and specifications. There is a reasonable expectation that barring any changes or unforeseen circumstances, the job will be completed within the schedule and time frame allotted. As with any project, a successful outcome is more likely with proper planning and considerations. Here are some things to remember.

Schedule

The project’s overall duration or schedule is an important aspect to measure and monitor. Your client expects construction to be completed within a certain length of time. You have to come up with a logical schedule that breaks down all the tasks and activities to be done and in their proper order. Many tasks will be dependent on the completion of other tasks, and the right software program can help you develop a schedule and monitor it as the project progresses.

Staffing

It’s up to you to determine the number of workers needed to deliver the project in the time frame specified. Two hands may make faster work of a particular task, but you have to be sure you have the budget for all the staff needed throughout the job. Some tasks may require the use of workers who are trained to operate special equipment. Staffing issues can create problems for the job’s progress. You may need to hire a subcontractor or skilled operators from a firm specializing in heavy truck recruitment.

Safety

Construction sites and work zones present various types of hazards to workers and non-workers alike. Not only do you need to make sure there’s a safety plan for the work, you also have to make sure all workers are trained in safety procedures. Additionally, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, hard toe boots, safety goggles etc are available and worn by everyone on the job site.

As a construction manager, you have to keep a lot of plates spinning. You need to develop the work schedule and plan. It is your responsibility to determine staffing needs and making sure everyone is aware of safety procedures and wearing proper PPE.