Construction Project Management Software
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The construction project manager

Before construction project management became a discipline in its own right, architects would take on this role as part of their scope of work. The increased complexity of commercial construction projects resulted in a greater need for project leaders specialized in construction project management. Not only should construction project managers have a strong specialized background in the specific field of the construction project. The construction project manager should be trained in general project management skills.

The construction manager, implied by the title, is at the helm of a construction project. He or she is ultimately responsible for the successful mission completion and this entails a multitude of tasks. Before even the first nail is hammered, it is the construction project managers responsibility to carefully analyze a proposed project. The analysis includes a cost analysis, risk assessment and time frame estimate. Based on the analysis results, the construction project manager generates a detailed project plan that includes project milestones. Closely related to the initial project plan are a number of construction project management objectives that need to be clearly defined at the onset of the construction project. These are:

  • State the project scope, budget, and schedule
  • Implementing, monitoring, and coordinating project tasks
  • Make optimal use of available materials, labor, and equipment
  • Create an effective communication system to keep all stakeholders in the loop

Even though these construcion project management objectives need to be defined during the planning stage of the project, the construction project manager might have to adjust them throughout the construction process to accommodate for unexpected conflicts and resource bottlenecks.

Strategic planning with construction project management software

Successful construction project management begins with a detailed project plan. It lies in the very nature of commercial construction management projects to have an extended project time frame and have various levels of dependencies. For any project manager, no matter how well-versed in project management, it is difficult to maintain an overview of all the different tasks, deadlines and resources. Even more so when changes to one element of the construction project plan effects other elements due to logic dependencies. In order to stay ahead of the game at any point in the process, it is useful to work with a construction project management software. Ideally, the tool features a Gantt planner that visualizes the construction project plan to help track tasks, deadlines and resource capacities. 

One of the most important things in successful construction project management is anticipating potential problems before they occur. A construction project management software can serve as an early warning system, allowing the construction project manager to detect potential risks early on and leaving enough time to intervene before serious damage to the project is done. On a different note, even when carefully analysing a project, some potential risks only become clear once the project plan is created. With the entire construction project plan visible at a glance, the construction project manager can detect high-risk project phases already during the project planning phase. This gives the construction project manager enough time to work out a viable solution and action plan that helps mitigate project challanges. A good way to identify high-risk phases is the critical path method. 

Simplifying complexity

Construction projects are very complex undertakings and deviding the overall project into smaller scope sub-projects helps to achieve successful delivery. Every sub-project is then again devided into work packages that are assigned to as many construction workers needed to effectively achieve an intermediate project goal. Not only does a construction project management software help the project manager coordinate and track the various tasks, it also clarifies responsibilities for the construction workers. Everyone involved knows exactly what to do at what stage in the project helping everyone involved to work even more efficiently. It is useful to include a feedback loop on the work package level that allows the construction crew to directly communicate back to the construction project management. Research shows that this way of involving the individual construction work in the overall project increases their work motivation and ultimately results in the delivery of higher project quality.

Keeping everyone in the loop

Apart from managing and monitoring the construction progress, construction project managers are in charge of channeling project communication and the information flow. They need to ensure that everyone involved has access to all the information necessary for delivery of quality results. Most construction projects have to deal with additional complexity that results from dispersed project teams. In this case, having one platform that centralizes all project communication and related information can be a decisive factor for successful mission completion. A construction project management software should also include a document management module that allows everyone involved to access project-relevant documents and easily identify which is the latest status of the document in question. 

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