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Two challenging situations which tend to occur during construction projects include; slippages of project schedules and overruns of project costs. However, it requires project control services to solve these two issues far before they take place. The severity of these situations can be mitigated if due attention is paid to the pre-construction stages and proper … Continue reading “How Project Controls Can Improve Project Delivery”

It can be a complicated process to keep a construction project on schedule and meet required deadlines. Costly rework, change in plans, scarcity of resources, adverse weather, and subcontractor default are some of the factors that can make it extremely difficult to deliver a project on time. Failing to meet the deadlines can have a … Continue reading “Tips To Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule”

The work breakdown structure is a technique to break down a project into its smallest components. It is considered the single most critical project controls tool. Typically, we can decompose a large construction project into a WBS framework by following two methods: the graphics format or the intended format. A detailed and fully developed WBS … Continue reading “Explaining Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)”

Every large construction project has a life cycle which can be compared to a biological life cycle where activities begin gradually and build rapidly as the project commences to final deliverables. When a project reaches its final days, activities taper off and slow down. So far as life cycle models are concerned, there is no … Continue reading “Construction Project Life Cycle: An Overview”

The success of a construction project largely depends on the way requirements are defined or interpreted. Describing the requirements and needs is the first step towards studying schedule and cost control. It becomes crucial for project managers to incorporate these requirements into a project plan and implement an effective project control system so that a … Continue reading “4 Aspects Of Schedule And Cost Control”

A well-thought-out schedule and thorough planning are critical to project success. Scheduling is a process used to determine timing, sequence, and assembly of operations in a project to predict the overall completion time. The plan is to accomplish the deliverables set against time. Scheduling is just one component of planning efforts. Large construction projects which … Continue reading “The significance of Construction Planning And Scheduling”

Despite the technological, environmental, and managerial changes that have taken place over the last three decades, existing conventional cost management techniques are based largely on principles that have been used since the mid-Twenties. Considering the benefits and scope of modern day techniques, traditional cost account information has become irrelevant and even disadvantageous for managerial tasks. … Continue reading “Cost Management In Complex Construction Projects”

The construction industry has witnessed unprecedented technological developments over the last couple of decades. Considering the growing complexities of construction projects, and the scarcity of resources, there is a need for more advanced construction planning tools and techniques. Visual communication and sophisticated coordination methods can dramatically improve the way large construction projects are planned, scheduled, … Continue reading “Visualizing Construction Projects With 4D Modeling Application”

Introduction Quantity surveying largely deals with managing and controlling various aspects of construction. It gives an understanding of the technical elements of construction over the life cycle of a facility or building, a necessary project controls tool to achieve the value and best quality within the client’s specifications. Egyptian Civilization was one of the first … Continue reading “The Role Of Quantity Surveying In Construction”

The construction industry plays a vital role in stimulating the growth of a nation’s economy. However, the industry is often criticized for low productivity and quality systems. In order to drive productivity, many companies implement integrated project controls to ensure better performance and consistency of construction projects. Client satisfaction is an important criterion for measuring … Continue reading “The Importance of Effective Field Progress Measurement”

The uncertainty in undertaking a construction project comes from many resources and often involves many participants. Since each stakeholder tries to minimize its own risk, the conflict among various parties can jeopardize a project. The inability of the project owner to identify and manage the unexpected often leads to undesirable outcomes. Risk management has become … Continue reading “Understanding Uncertainty in Construction Projects”

Large construction projects can be unpredictable. Risk management in construction projects has been widely considered as a key process that plays a critical role in achieving project goals in terms of cost, time, safety, quality and environmental sustainability. It is an iterative process that needs to be implemented in a systematic way throughout the life … Continue reading “Risk Management In Construction Projects”

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