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Time and Cost Management – A 6 Point Checklist

A key to have projects run smoothly and addressing client’s expectations is good time and cost management. Here are six project time management steps for you to consider.

 

Define Activities - What actions need to be performed to deliver the project? By setting all of these steps out in a Work Breakdown Structure you’ll be able to identify all the different work packages and list the activities needed within each of these.  

 

Tender Submissions & Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

A good WBS encompasses requirements leading to hand over of a project and can be used as the basis for detailed costing and scheduling. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to creating a WBS site specific projects. However, there are eight general means of divisions that can be used, depending upon the needs of your project.

1. Trade or Sub-Contractor (Labour)- splitting the project up into the various trades required for the project, e.g. excavator, plumber, concreter, carpenter.

Programming Your Project - At A Glance

Scheduling tasks and resources for the smooth running of a project, can be an arduous job even on the smallest of sites. Having a program detailing basic timelines is an excellent tool to have at your disposal. One simple benefit is to flag milestones as a reminder for statutory inspections. Below are some points for consideration.

 

Preparing a Project Program

Meeting Management: 6 Questions for Consideration

At times meetings can be a significant waste of resources. However, if prepared for properly they can be a brilliant tool for sharing important information for the progress of the project. A great meeting is one that engaging for the participants and has an efficient process for the exchange of ideas 

Here are six questions to think about when you’re planning a meeting.

Should I Hold an Informal Meeting?

Environmental Management and Planning 12-Point Checklist

Keep abreast of environmental laws, serious penalties can be given, even if the damage or pollution caused was by complete accident. One can be prepared by being aware of potential risks and having processes in place so as to identify and alleviate potential problems to the public and the environment. 

Developing an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that both complies with legislation and details measures taken on your worksite to identify, prevent or minimise environmental damage is the first step in addressing regulatory requirements. 

Quality and Scope Management - a snapshot of quality management.

Maintaining a consistent standard of quality in the construction industry is no accident - this is where quality management comes in. 

It’s not only about making sure your product or service is consistent, but also how you go about achieving this.

There are four main elements to quality management: quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement.

Site Investigation and Soil Classification-factors to consider.

There is no place for guesswork when it comes to figuring out exactly what lies on or below a site. These features can have a big impact on a future development, potentially even bringing the project to a halt. 

A site classification will assess whether there are any geotechnical features that could have ramifications for development, or whether any contaminants are present on the site. 

Here are some questions to consider when investigating a site:

 

Understanding your Business - 10 Point Checklist

Whether you’ve been in business for decades, or just getting started, knowing where you stand now and where you want to be in the future can help set you on the path towards your goals. It’s a simple process but one so often overlooked, and the benefits are well worth the time. Coming up with a list of core business objectives will help you identify your speciality and target market. It’s all about recognising your personal and professional ambitions and making decisions that will steer you towards those goals. 

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