Project management is crucial to customized planning, efficient and skillful execution and successful completion of a construction project. It needs to be exercised during all stages of a construction project, where project managers need to leverage the use of effective strategies and powerful tools to shape up comprehensive management practices.
We have already discussed the involvement of project management practices and tools in the planning (hyperlink to blog titled: How Work Management Software Can Help Project Managers in the Planning Phase of Site Development Projects?) and execution (hyperlink to blog titled: How Work Management Software Can Help in Budget-Fit Completion of a Construction Project?) phase of a construction project. Today, we will be looking at the final stage, the close out phase of a construction assignment, in the context of utilizing work management software for its successful execution.
It Helps to Ensure that Project Deliverables Meet the Pre-Agreed Specifications
A construction project involves myriad of activities and sub stages that need to be successfully executed for the final deliverable to meet the defined specifications, established construction standards and the required safety considerations.
Right after completion of the planning phase, once the construction work starts, project managers need to oversee a range of tasks from paper processing and site preparation to structural and development work and the deployment of utilities.
These activities and tasks, especially the minor ones, like laying electrical wiring as per the local building codes or closing the permit, can sometimes miss through a project manager’s monitoring lens. The progress may continue towards completion, only for the involved parties to realize later that the final deliverable does not comply with the set standards or specifications.
This is where work management software can help. Project managers can review the status bar of each activity defined at the start of the construction project and address the ones that have not been completed, come the final review.
It Helps in the Release of Project Resources
During the execution of a construction project, resources—both human and non-human—are extensively utilized that sometimes it could be difficult to assess the accurate status of each, once the project is completed.
An inaccurate assessment of the actual leftover status of the resources can translate into the inaccurate release of project resources, which in turn can influence the profit margins.
For instance, an 1800 CFT of gravel was initially procured for a construction project. But, in the process only 1300 CFT of gravel was utilized. If these resources are not tracked throughout the project, it can strip a client from a potential profit earning opportunity.
By making sure that project managers use work management software, a construction company can ensure that the utilized and leftover resources are conveniently monitored, eliminating any errors that may characterize the release and disbursement of project resources.
It Helps in Post Project Evaluation Review
Using work management software can help a construction company to review their works and leverage any scope of improvement in future projects.
With the complete data available and accessible in a comprehensive format through a single platform, construction companies can use the information to answer important questions and assess its efficiency and productivity as an organization. They can then form case studies and utilize the findings as a reference for future planning and works.
The close out phase of a construction project demands the same level of detailed attention as other stages. With work management software you can handle these details conveniently, making sure that you deliver a quality project for it to be handed over to your client.