Have you ever managed a construction project before? Do you have the skills and experience in handling men, machines, materials and construction designs? How long has been your project planning? How effectively have you organized supplies and distribution? These are some of the questions you may face while handling the tasks of construction project planning. Don’t worry, you will not be alone in doing all the things. You will have a team of engineers, designers, architects, junior managers, and an entire team of construction workers to support you. Let me tell you how you can organize and execute the projects in a professional manner.
Scope Analysis — Fundamentals of Project Management
The technical scope of the project will be according to the construction designs and drawings. The financial scope of the project will be according to the budget of your client. You have the task of completing the construction according to the design within the allocated budget. Have you done it before?
After putting the scope into the project document, it is time to move for the planning. You have to create a plan for materials, machines, and manpower based on the fund allocation for every aspect. In some cases, the scope of the budget may fall short of the project design. Then your client will have the option of expanding the budget or cutting short the project design. You may have to work accordingly.
Project Plan — Fund Allocation and Procurement
Material planning is perhaps the first step in the project planning process. You may have to allocate materials from the foundation to the superstructure. An experienced engineer will tell you the quantity and numbers of materials required for every sub-construction in the project. You can create a worksheet in which you enter details of material name, category, quantity/numbers, procurement sources, and material cost, transport cost, etc. Once you have prepared the sheet, you can get an approximation of material planning.
Similarly, you can create separate plans for the machinery and equipment, skilled and unskilled manpower, and the other requirements like power, water, transport, etc. Your worksheet should also include the What-If analysis for all the individual plans.
Alternate Plan — Troubleshooting in Crisis
It is a good practice to have an alternate plan (though not fully) for procuring and managing the procurement of the resources if the initial plan faces any problems. For example, you may have planned for procuring ready mix concrete (RMC) from a specific source. Sometimes the supply may not be available. Then you have to find the next source immediately that may not be always possible. The best practice is to plan for the second source in the beginning. All it takes is a phone-call to procure the material from the second source if the first source is unavailable.
Progress Control — Just in Time Management
The construction project management is like handling a monkey on your shoulders. As long as you keep feeding it with the right quantity of construction management procurement, it will be in your control.
The construction project planning can be the root cause of success or failure of the project. Hence, you have to make sure it is accurate and flexible.