Construction and management two words that have made it possible to make the biggest and greatest buildings around the world. The importance of management is taught everywhere. You can read thousands of books on management, do online research and still not be able to figure it out. Some people may learn it from experience, and some may learn it by being smart and thinking it out. While construction itself is a well-managed process of creating, but when the two terms come together they become the element that defines the industry of construction.
“The simpler the plan. The more effective it is.”
The saying refers to the core of planning in any situation. Making complex plans can make the execution of the plans arduous. The construction companies may lure the clients with commitments that they might not be able to fulfill. The client may take a note of the commitment, and plan the further schedule. In such a situation, the damage can disrupt the company’s image, and thereby loss of business and potential future clients.
Hence, one may not make promises that are out of their capability like preparing the project before the date of delivery or quoting extremely low prices to grab the project. You might be doing less business, but it will surely be up to mark.
The plan is a four letter word, but it is an essential part of the management. A well-planned project is often well managed. The plan forms the crux of the management strategies that shape construction models. Once the plans have been drafted you get the outlines of the process that you need to follow. After that, one can give their hundred percent of each and every component of the planning. Applying focussed effort on the planning elements can juice out the best results for construction as each department would know their particular role in the procedure. Taking the example of building a simple wall requires brick and cement as the raw material. If any single brick is not laid in the manner that it should have been laid, it can compromise the strength of the structure.
Procure Raw Material
A raw material or the machines required is the foremost requirement for construction. You may start with taking estimates for the price of the machines, raw material, labour availability and time required to procure these from the market to the construction site. You may also schedule the dates that are declared as national holidays in the calendar year. It can help you in managing the labour shortage if a situation arises. Consider getting insurance in advance for the fire or destruction due to natural disasters to safeguard your interests. Prepare yourself for the worst case scenario can be a brilliant strategy when dealing in the construction industry.
An efficient manager is the one who can plan for the unforeseen circumstances. In hard times, when the original plan backfires or there are issues like client escalations, it becomes difficult to complete a project. Construction management calls for preparing plan B at the same time as you develop plan A. You may consider making Plan B as good as plan A by selecting the second best alternatives to every component of construction. The second best price for the raw material, second quality of machines, additional manual labour.