Construction projects can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful, even for seasoned builders who are in business for a long time. From finalizing on workable designs, communicating with numerous suppliers and contractors, to taking rightful decisions about every step in execution, it becomes very difficult for construction professionals to be able to deliver outcome as expected.
Early investments in planning, strategizing, programming and execution pay off by avoiding a lot of commonly made mistakes and blunders that happen during the course. Although this seems easy from the far side, it needs a level of involvement and expertise to be able to execute.
That’s why construction projects today, unlike before, are approached in a different way and every step taken during the project is strategy managed with a plan.
So, what is Construction Project Management?
As defined by Wikipedia, Construction Management is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.
The purpose of CM is to control a project’s time/delivery, cost, and quality—sometimes referred to as a project management triangle or triple constraints.
Great construction project management refers to keeping the tripe constraints in check, delivering on time, keeping the budgets in control and tracking the progress while doing the quality control.
Why is there a need for construction project management in India?
- Construction Industry is the second largest employer and contributor to the country’s economy.
- One amongst the most diverse and unorganized sector is construction.
- Raising demand for skilled professionals in the industry.
- One of the most infrastructure invested country inviting 2 Trillion Rupees in smart and AMRUT cities.
Importance Of Construction Project Managers In Companies
Construction management brings in leadership and direction to projects. The same way every project needs a manager to oversee the functions of a business, construction projects need a manager to carry the vision, motivation, tackle roadblocks, coach and inspire the team. Project managers serve the team, communicate with the management and take accountability of the complete process.
2. Project Planning
Project planning is an important role in construction. A good plan and strategy can help in overcoming overheads, reducing required budgets, achieving timely deliveries and maintaining quality standards. Project managers negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines/milestones across all the stakeholders – team, vendors, management, etc.
3. Quality Control
One of the most important aspects of successful project completion is maintaining quality standards. Usually, the stakeholders working on a project are driven with enormous pressure to complete and these conditions tend to rush them. A construction manager will turn the gates in achieving the ROI while inspecting and controlling the safety and quality measures that are to be met as per the standards.
4. Risk Management
Risk management is critical in a construction project. Responsible managers oversee all the processes, analyze all the potential risks, quantify them, develop a mitigation plan and also be prepared with a contingency plan in case needed. A construction manager is expected to take all the risks on his plate and respond to overcome the challenges while keeping the management and team informed.
5. Subject Matter Expertise
Project managers are trained and their expertise revolves around construction and all the factors affecting them. Project managers bring in their expertise into every project to take over all the nitty-gritty operations and tasks management. They also invite intelligent and informed conversations with all the stakeholders – right from management to vendors involved in the project.
Project management has become a key factor in how construction projects are carried today. The general management of a business and industrial corporations assumes a broader outlook with greater continuity of operations in construction.
Since the management of construction needs expertise level and focus on the factors that affect and contribute to a construction project, it becomes important that construction managers are employed for the process.
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