Increasing Construction Efficiency Part 1
As any Jacksonville construction lawyer will tell you, on the jobsite, time is money. Projects run on timelines that are rooted in the desire of investors to see a return on investment. It’s critical that projects are completed on time or else money is lost. Also, project delays often lead to more money being spent on materials, machine maintenance, and site management. Unfortunately, because construction projects involve so many people, performing so many tasks, some delays are inevitable.
However, there are ways to alleviate delays. In this two-part series, we will examine a number of best practices for making construction projects more efficient.
Construction Management Software
One of the biggest enemies of efficiency is paperwork. Historically, construction has been a paperwork-heavy industry. This is all changing with a variety of software tools that are helping contractors build project plans, collaborate with stakeholders, create daily reports, and perform billing, among many other tasks. These tools are so powerful that they not only make tasks easier, but they make them better. Items such as schedules, reports, and budgets are more accurate than ever. This software can also help you gather information that can be passed to a Jacksonville construction litigation attorney, should you need to file a claim.
Oftentimes, open communication is the difference between a quick resolution to a problem and an issue that lingers for weeks and leads to hard feelings and delays. Communication needs to seamless and thorough in all directions coming from the general contractor. He or she needs to include workers in project planning. Their experience can prove invaluable in avoiding mistakes. They also need to understand your expectations of them and goals for the project. Additionally, communication needs to be clear when working with owners and architects. Project plans and goals need to be collaborated on and agreed upon. Issues need to be clearly stated as well.
Building Information Modeling
BIM models are taking blueprints to the next level. Data and site conditions can be captured and used to determine the design of a 3D digital model that can be passed among stakeholders for collaboration. Project plans can be produced or adjusted faster because they can be changed as data is entered. Since the model is digital, collaboration is seamless.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.