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TL;DR

  • Construction sites are their own system and are contained within a larger system that eventually arrives at the common goal of project completion. To have efficient and effective construction site management, you must have a centralized understanding of the overall system and of each independent system.
  • While a construction site is a system in itself, it is also dependent on other systems to maintain its flow. This is where the role of a project manager and the associated staff is essential to ensure that each separate system supplies the required connections and output on time and within budget.
  • The construction site management team must coordinate with the project team to maintain effective communication regarding the project progress and any roadblocks or delays, thus establishing a hierarchy of complementary systems.

To an outsider, construction sites can be viewed as highly organized systems, while, to its workers, it can feel like orchestrated chaos. Effective construction site management is crucial to the success and timely completion of any construction project.

Understanding The System

All projects are different. They have different requirements, schedules, pressures, concerns and more. Still, each project functions as a part of a system. Construction sites are their own system and are contained within a larger system that eventually arrives at the common goal of project completion. To have efficient and effective construction site management, you must have a centralized understanding of the overall system and of each independent system.

Controlling The Systems

While a construction site is a system in itself, it is also dependent on other systems to maintain its flow. This is where the role of a project manager and the associated staff is essential to ensure that each separate system supplies the required connections and output on time and within budget. For example, a subcontractor is required to supply the correct materials on time to the construction site so the project can begin construction. Any delay in one system supplying materials to another system can slow down the project as a whole. Having an effective project manager can help to reduce the chance of one system’s problems affecting another system and the project as a whole.

Individual System Control

Site management must be centralized in the same manner as your larger project system. The construction site management team must coordinate with the project team to maintain effective communication regarding the project progress and any roadblocks or delays, thus establishing a hierarchy of complementary systems.

Maintaining Flexibility With System Control

With the discussion of systems and control, it is easy to conceptualize a rigid system, when in fact, the opposite is the case. Effective construction site management can alter the individual parameters on a site to either increase or decrease the time available to complete the project or continue one aspect of the construction while delaying another. This allows the project manager to have the flexibility to deal with any issues or concerns that arise from interaction with other external systems without having to delay the overall project.

Many companies are learning that there is an increasing demand for larger, more expansive projects and this trend is going to continue. Your company’s ability to effectively manage all aspects of the project from design and engineering to construction and all the way through to the resolution phase will directly impact your ability to apply for and complete these large projects. Having an effective construction site management system coupled with an efficient project management system will not only increase your chances of success but will help improve your bottom line.

Working with our highly-trained professional staff, Proforma Safety International offers a variety of services to assist with site management, as well as safety assessment and evaluation. For more information on our services, contact us here.