Construction project management can be one of the most detailed and complex jobs in the world. It’s also one of the most interesting and challenging career choices.
What is Construction Project Management (CPM)?
The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines project management as “the art of directing and coordinating human and material resources throughout the life of a project by using modern management techniques to achieve predetermined objectives of scope, cost, time, quality, and participating objectives.”
The range of skills and experience required makes construction project management foreboding to the faint of heart.
It takes a well-established ability to achieve goals and maintain timeliness and costs. In addition, there is a need to possess leadership skills.
Construction managers armed with these qualifications produce outstanding projects completed to customer satisfaction and in record time.
Let The Construction Project Management Begin.
The first line of interface professional construction project manager face is with the construction design group, comprised of structural design engineers.
This is the point where all of the manager’s basic project information originates. From this point, the designs are reviewed by the manager in charge of the construction project and any questions or deviations from design plans that are apparent are resolved with designers.
The construction manager is charged with the duty of presenting a proposal for the work involved in the project to be performed by management.
Once the proposal is accepted, the process of determining equipment needed is the next step.
Equipment and equipment rental is procured through purchasing and is either paid for by the construction management group if applicable or by the client requesting the work.
In the interim, the construction manager creates a flowchart for the project from start to completion, including projected man-hours involved.
Subsequently, construction management begins to formulate supervisory and field crews need to perform the actual work of the project.
He may assume the role of general contractor and then sub-contract certain aspects of the project like electrical, plumbing, roofing and masonry to outsourced contracting teams.
Construction Project Management In Action:
- Construction project manager must ensure that all equipment rentals like cranes, lifts, material handling trucks and hoists are rented within budget constraints and arrive at the appointed site on an “as needed” basis and that all rental contracts are thoroughly reviewed.
- Timeliness is also essential in monitoring the project’s daily activities and work completion.
- In addition, safety in construction management and adherence to worker safety and compliance regulations are also part of construction project management responsibilities.
When construction is underway, each phase of a construction project must be completed to the customer’s satisfaction.
This requires constant contact between subcontractors, management, vendors and the customer.
Today, much of the inconvenience of contact between construction management and those involved in the project is alleviated by the use of hi-tech mobile phones and social media that makes communication fast and consistent.
Using social media for projects avoids delays in equipment rental arrivals and increases punctual communication between management and laborers.
Social media also helps maintain contact with records departments tracking costs and man-hours.
The main effort in construction management projects is ultimately customer satisfaction.
This is not just a quality issue. It’s also a legal issue that’s part of most construction contracts.