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Mobile Devices in Construction Projects

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

Construction project managers have to overcome a number of challenges when the jobsite is a significant distance from the office. This webinar will cover some of the most common challenges faced by the PM, and provide suggestions for using mobile devices to face these challenges. We will look at how a project manager can:- oversee multiple construction jobs that are physically separated- assist site supervisors overcome limited technical experience- maintain a daily understanding of each job- keep onsite employees accountable- evaluate the quality of work at a job

Building Information Modeling Roundtable

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

We are pleased to invite you to join this webinar, as a continuation of the webinar offered on Building Information Modeling (BIM) in last August. We will count again with the participation of by Mr. Dana K. Smith and Mr. Michael Tardif (book authors), who will open the webinar reviewing the main concepts of BIM. Then, Mr. Jason Chang and Ana Rodriguez (Construction Industry CoP Members) will have an open discussion with Mr. Smith and Mr. Tardiff on implementing BIM, and how to align the book concepts to the best practices proposed by the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide).

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Learn From Others

Teachable Moments: Occupied Dwellings

by Paul Meredith B.Sc. (Hons), MRICS, PMP

Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, we share a case study of how a client upgraded its existing fire protection systems in several homes occupied by senior citizens across Canada.

Generating a Useful Construction Activities Work Schedule

by Edwin Rivera Sierra

Construction project planning requires creating detailed construction activities work schedules. Being organized with all your construction documents can minimize missing key information. Learn how to develop a clear and complete schedule, and how it can make a complex project seem a bit easier to handle.

Method in the Mayhem: Managing Megaprojects (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

What is it that makes a megaproject more than just an ordinary one on steroids? Certainly the challenges that megaprojects create make exceptional demands on project management expertise. But what are those challenges? And in what ways does expertise respond to those exceptional demands? A close look at a couple of examples--one ancient and one modern--might help us understand how megaprojects have responded to those questions.

Cost and Schedule Benefits of Offsite Manufactured Plant Rooms on ICI Construction Projects

by Roy Baxter

The process of finding quicker, simpler, and safer ways of achieving completion and handover is a continuous endeavor for both manufacturers and contractors alike. Offsite prefabrication of boiler plant rooms in the ICI (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) construction sector is not introduced to projects as often as it could be. The author examines the project benefits of using this engineering application.

Topic Teasers Vol. 26: Agile Construction

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: I work in the construction industry and am under some pressure from management to make my projects “more agile”. It makes no sense to me that IT processes would be of any use when building actual residences, industrial sites and office buildings. What am I missing?
A. You are correct is thinking that building a tangible construction is very different than creating a software application that is only electronic bits. The methodologies for each are at odds with each other.
B. If you change the wording, such as “customer demos” to “site inspections” and “constant quality testing” to “meeting technical requirements”, you will find that SCRUM, TDD and other IT methodologies can be used in construction and have extensive training available to you.
C. It is a mistake to believe that agile IT practices are the entirety of what the methodology has to offer. If you investigate the true methodology, you will find there is much to blend with your current processes to add to construction project success.
D. You can use part of the agile philosophy in your construction projects, but plan for extra time and cost to accommodate the changes the customer is now entitled to add as you go.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

EPCM Projects: Construction Quality Management (CQM)

by Valentin Kouprine, Hayden Du Pont

Quality management, a well-established practice during the engineering and procurement phases of EPCM projects, has increasingly been adopted by construction companies as an initiative to solve quality problems and better meet the needs of final customers. The author explains the factors that affect the quality process, responsibilities of the chief participants and benefits to be realized.

Use of Productivity Analysis in Construction Projects

by Dipak N. Digwal

Productivity analysis of critical activities can provide a better tracking mechanism than a traditional bar chart and enable the user to devise a plan with respect to labor and cost. The author explains the stages of productivity analysis and illustrates with a case study involving the construction of a new building.

Change Order Cost in a Hospital Construction Project: A Lessons Learned Study

by Gayraj Acharya

Change orders are unavoidable in construction projects but they can be controlled and reduced by applying appropriate project planning tools and processes. In this study, the author focuses on the change order cost in a recently completed construction management at risk (CMR) project in order to examine the types of change orders, the magnitude and numbers of change orders, and conclude the lessons learned.

The Dimensional Approach to Scope Creep Management in Construction Projects

by Abiodun Adewale Sorinolu

The efficient delivery of construction projects will be greatly enhanced if project managers focus their efforts on developing measures for identifying, monitoring, and managing scope creep in projects of any size. This article seeks to provide answers to the following questions: What is scope creep? When does it happen (identifying? Why does it happen (monitoring)? And, how can it be prevented from happening (managing)?


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