Site Preparation & Mobilisation – The key to successful construction projects
Being awarded the next big job can be a time for celebration or can keep you up at night worrying about what you have missed and why you were the low bidder. As exciting as it is, winning a bid is just the start of the process. Before putting any shovel into the ground and turning any dirt, contractors have an opportunity to put in place a framework for success for the entire job. They face many potential pitfalls, whether managing resources, documenting progress or grappling with unforeseen challenges. Contractors need unprecedented insights into every aspect of the job. They need real-time data to inform decisions to ensure it is profitable and avoid costly overruns.
Whether you’re a contractor, working on a lump sum bid or managing unit price contracts, understanding the unit quantities for all volumes, lengths, areas and counts is the cornerstone of winning profitable work and avoiding the costly project from hell. But getting the unit quantities right is just the beginning. Now comes the hard part of allocating resources (financial and human capital) and creating a detailed plan before breaking ground.
Common points of project failure and overruns include:
- Design complexity.
- Unforeseen design changes and revisions.
- Complexity of the terrain and underlying strata.
- Availability of resources (men and machines).
- Data and equipment management.
- Documentation of progress.
- Training and skills development of the workforce.
What is Advanced Digital Construction Management (ADCM)?
ADCM can be referred to as a set of technologies that are used to help minimise project risks and provide transparency of project progress throughout the construction life cycle. In other words, it’s about placing digital technologies in the hands of construction stakeholders to help:
- Boost productivity.
- Manage complexity.
- Reduce project delays and cost overruns.
- Enhance safety and quality.
While every project is unique and requires a different approach to Advanced Digital Construction Management, eight core elements of ADCM make up best practices and work from one jobsite to another.
Dodge Data & Analytics has consistently revealed that increasing the sophistication of data collection helps contractors improve productivity, safety and profitability.
More than half (56%) said it would improve bid estimation, while a similar number (52%) said it would improve productivity and (51%) improve budget performance. Nearly half (48%) said it would improve safety.
It is, however, not always an easy task to prepare people, technology and precious resources. A lack of skilled workers, increased labour costs, and decreasing margins add to the difficulties in completing jobs on time and within budget.
Let’s evaluate the ways each of the eight core elements apply to the modern jobsite.
Managing data throughout a project is a struggle for many contractors. Using inaccurate or outdated data can lead to poor decision-making and planning, which in-turn leads to resources not being available when needed, delays, and an increased need for contingency plans. This can lead to increased stress for management, raising client doubts, additional rework and delays due to miscommunication or RFI’s (requests for information), resulting in days and dollars lost.
Plus, there are other missed opportunities, such as discovering opportunities to create efficiencies, identifying risks or issues prior to the deployment of resources (when project delays are more expensive), and the ability to automate certain functions, so you can streamline processes.
The degree to which a project fails or succeeds strongly correlates with the degree the company performed at the above eight elements. Analyse your data management practices for all eight aspects of the construction process to determine how your data management can be improved, so you can complete projects faster, at less cost, and feeling more confident about projects going to plan.
Get Ready For Your Next Project
The simple truth is that efficiency is where money is made. To achieve that, you need to get the various project stakeholders on the same page. And as shown above, the eight variables can be potential profit makers or breakers on your upcoming project.
The big question is: Are you ready to find out what your project needs?
Join us at BAUMA 2022 and learn more about how Hexagon can help you effectively prepare your people, products and precious resources. Visit us at Hall A2, Booth #137 and explore the latest innovations and hands-on demos with the experts ready to answer any questions.
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