You can’t simply start building and expect everything to go smoothly without detailed planning. A project schedule is vital to ensure everything happens in the right order to the right quality. Without it you could make errors that double the cost of construction. Below are some simple tips to help you create an efficient schedule.
Get The Most Out Of Time
Efficiency is a vital part of saving time and keeping to schedule. Even the smallest and most simple things can create huge issues with time on large building projects. By being efficient and keeping to set task rules you should be able to complete deadlines without problems. For example the mining industry uses technologies from innovative tech companies like iVolve to track exactly how much weight is placed into each truck. This prevents over or under burdening. Not only will it save costs by preventing damage caused by overburdening, it also allows you to keep exact records of how much is being shipped in each load. This has proven to be extremely efficient at keeping production to schedule and can be matched on large scale building sites.
Set up a project calendar early on in the pre-project stage. This calendar should include the working days and shifts of all contract teams with their contact information. Work days are dependent on the availability of resources. Make sure you do not have concreters ready to work if there isn’t any concrete coming that day. Resource unavailability can also prevent you from progressing in your schedule, so plan ahead and ensure everything you need is ready to be delivered on the day it is needed.
Nothing slows down construction faster than an unexpected, and unplanned for, workplace accident. Before construction starts, do a full risk assessment of the entire project, assessing every possible hazard that could arise. The last thing you need is a workplace accident caused by an incident not stipulated in a hazard report. This will cause your project to be put on hold and cost you a great deal of money. Ensure that all loose ends are covered by doing a reassessment of the risks each time a step in the project is completed.
Using the Right Equipment
Possibly the biggest factor in staying efficient is using the right tools for the job. No point hitting a screw with a hammer. When it comes to machinery in construction there is a lot to choose from, so ensure you get not only the right equipment for the job, but also the best operator. Even with the best equipment the wrong driver can do a poor job. You will also need to take into account possible breakdowns in machinery, keeping a backup ready to hire can be a quick fix to an otherwise huge problem that can take your schedule back a week.
It’s near impossible to have a building project run smooth and stay on schedule, but with some planning you can run efficiently and keep your costs down. What do you do to keep on schedule? Leave your comments below.