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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”

The programming of large construction projects is driven by the strategic plan which is influenced by financial constraints and market demands. The programming process, which deals with project planning and feasibility studies, helps set the priorities and determine the timing for initiating various important activities so that overall objectives can be met. Once a project … Continue reading “Strategic Planning And The Value Of Project Controls”

Scheduling is an iterative process that begins in the planning stage of a project and carries on throughout the monitoring and controlling project phases. Schedules are project specific, built from scratch, derived from the scope baseline and project information, and thoroughly managed over the course of the project. Scheduling process can be summarized as follows: … Continue reading “Construction Project Scheduling and Control”

Proper project management requires a project to measure progress along the way. In order to benefit from all the effort expended during planning, a project must be properly controlled to meet its objectives. Project progress is used to help control schedule and costs and to assess if a project is on track. To support this … Continue reading “How Project Controls Keep Your Project on Track”

An accurate construction schedule will help keep a project on-time and on-budget. The scheduling process forces the team to envision in detail how they will complete the project. In doing this a scheduler must fully understand the proposed scope of work, the sequence of the work and the details affecting each work element. When completed … Continue reading “Is your schedule a tool to tell a lie…”

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