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Very interested to connect and learn from those in the construction PM industry
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Hello PMcom forum,

Hope this finds all well, my name is Ryan and I'm a civil engineering undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth.

I've just recently finished a year-in-industry where I was able to experience some construction project management and found it to be very rewarding and challenging work.

I'm now hoping to pursue a career in the field after uni. This year I'm writing a dissertation and using it as an opportunity to learn as much as I can about the industry from the valuable insight of those in the field. I'm looking into how software technologies might be shaping the skillsets required in the occupation - and am aiming to do this in a way where these perspectives from across the industry can be shared back, to help others in their own approach to skill development in the future.

I'm very interested to connect and learn from professionals in the construction field, of all levels of experience - and would love to engage in discussion and ask some questions about your experience for the research.

Please let me know if this would interest you - I'd be very happy to connect and start talks.

Thanks forum,
Best regards,
Ryan
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Welcome Ryan, please proceed.

May I ask you a question or two to start with?

- what can you tell us about BIM, and how could it be useful for projects outside construction?
- what is the typical authority of a construction project manager, which powers do they have, which role do they play in a corporate hierarchy?
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1 reply by Ryan Bannister
Mar 26, 2019 9:08 AM
Ryan Bannister
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Hello Thomas,

Thank you very much for your message - I'm happy to answer some questions - the ones you have asked are very interesting.

1) As I understand it (I've yet to get to firsthand grips with these technologies) - BIM, or Building Information Modelling is a set of technologies that seek to enable the improved coordination and building of projects across its life cycle through digital representation.

I believe they encourage an integrated delivery approach, as the virtual models allow visualisation of potential outcomes at an earlier stage - enabling communication between client, designers and contractors to identify, and hopefully solve problems, before it is otherwise too late to do so in the field without great cost to schedule/budget.

In my eyes, they also look to be a platform whereby construction industries are beginning to access and take advantage of the wealth of data that is available and also expanding as big data and the Internet of Things develop too.

I think that BIM could be extended across a great variety of industries - much like AutoCAD is not solely for the production of construction drawings. Again, I haven't had a firsthand experience with these technologies, yet, but I would be able to believe there is definitely scope for BIM for the 3D representation of a great variety of project types. One thing that came to mind was the design of spaceflight rockets, for some reason.

2) Broadly, construction propect managers are responsible for mapping the development of a project and ensuring that any change is navigated to best match project outcomes to schedule, cost, quality and safety requirements.

The authority of a construction manager depends on their position within a hierachy - and this hierarchy can vary according to their employment by client/consultant/contractor, organisation, project, and by project delivery method. For example, a group of project managers can work specifically towards coordinating different project areas, including estimators, schedulers and contract managers. This would happen under the oversight of a lead project manager in traditional DBB. Within integrated project delivery, ECI means that managers will work with the design teams to select methods/materials. Issues must be highlighted earlier here, leading to "CMAR" or construction manager at risk.

I would say they are often the liasion between construction workers in the field, subcontractors, the client, and their own managers and employers - They help to coordinate vision into actuality.

I hope thats sufficient - I enjoyed writing that!

Thanks Thomas. I've sent you a request to connect and hope to send you across some questions of my own.

Best regards,
Ryan
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Mar 26, 2019 8:07 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Welcome Ryan, please proceed.

May I ask you a question or two to start with?

- what can you tell us about BIM, and how could it be useful for projects outside construction?
- what is the typical authority of a construction project manager, which powers do they have, which role do they play in a corporate hierarchy?
Hello Thomas,

Thank you very much for your message - I'm happy to answer some questions - the ones you have asked are very interesting.

1) As I understand it (I've yet to get to firsthand grips with these technologies) - BIM, or Building Information Modelling is a set of technologies that seek to enable the improved coordination and building of projects across its life cycle through digital representation.

I believe they encourage an integrated delivery approach, as the virtual models allow visualisation of potential outcomes at an earlier stage - enabling communication between client, designers and contractors to identify, and hopefully solve problems, before it is otherwise too late to do so in the field without great cost to schedule/budget.

In my eyes, they also look to be a platform whereby construction industries are beginning to access and take advantage of the wealth of data that is available and also expanding as big data and the Internet of Things develop too.

I think that BIM could be extended across a great variety of industries - much like AutoCAD is not solely for the production of construction drawings. Again, I haven't had a firsthand experience with these technologies, yet, but I would be able to believe there is definitely scope for BIM for the 3D representation of a great variety of project types. One thing that came to mind was the design of spaceflight rockets, for some reason.

2) Broadly, construction propect managers are responsible for mapping the development of a project and ensuring that any change is navigated to best match project outcomes to schedule, cost, quality and safety requirements.

The authority of a construction manager depends on their position within a hierachy - and this hierarchy can vary according to their employment by client/consultant/contractor, organisation, project, and by project delivery method. For example, a group of project managers can work specifically towards coordinating different project areas, including estimators, schedulers and contract managers. This would happen under the oversight of a lead project manager in traditional DBB. Within integrated project delivery, ECI means that managers will work with the design teams to select methods/materials. Issues must be highlighted earlier here, leading to "CMAR" or construction manager at risk.

I would say they are often the liasion between construction workers in the field, subcontractors, the client, and their own managers and employers - They help to coordinate vision into actuality.

I hope thats sufficient - I enjoyed writing that!

Thanks Thomas. I've sent you a request to connect and hope to send you across some questions of my own.

Best regards,
Ryan
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Ryan your welcome to the community.

Many people here work in the construction industry.

Using the Topic "Construction", as you did in a discussion may bring more input for you. Feel free to start a discussion on any construction topics. Some may bring a lot of post/feedback others may not. People are generally curious and open news, it is up to you.

Have fun here
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1 reply by Ryan Bannister
Mar 27, 2019 3:17 AM
Ryan Bannister
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Hello Vincent,

Thank you for your advice and welcome. I will be sure to account for this in future discussions.

I've sent you an invitation to connect - Thanks again Vincent.

Best,
Ryan
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Hi Ryan, It's great that you've already done your research in the field and are drawing from your experiences as an intern to write out your dissertation.
We all know projects are fraught with uncertainties, and construction projects in particular face scope creep and modifications to existing blueprints to fit newer requirements in. It also happens to be a field that makes use of skilled and unskilled labor, making it a necessity to account for both people and technologies.
I find that besides BIMs usefulness in surveying sites, Fuzzy logic applications find widespread use as well, as it lets construction project managers work out how to ensure timely supply of material on-site. You'd also have to account for a pedometer like system that counts your worker's steps and then reduces the time taken for them to find their way around tools when working on the site. Hope this helps!
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1 reply by Ryan Bannister
Mar 27, 2019 3:40 AM
Ryan Bannister
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Hi Aakash,

Thank you for your thoughts!

I'm very interested in the problems that workers experience with using software - I'm trying to investigate and address this directly in my research and make some suggestions for how to navigate software uptake differently.

Fuzzy logic is a concept I've only heard mentioned - It sounds interesting, I'll look into this more.

I've sent you an invitation to connect - Thanks Aakash.

Best,
Ryan
Network:511



Mar 26, 2019 9:32 AM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Ryan your welcome to the community.

Many people here work in the construction industry.

Using the Topic "Construction", as you did in a discussion may bring more input for you. Feel free to start a discussion on any construction topics. Some may bring a lot of post/feedback others may not. People are generally curious and open news, it is up to you.

Have fun here
Hello Vincent,

Thank you for your advice and welcome. I will be sure to account for this in future discussions.

I've sent you an invitation to connect - Thanks again Vincent.

Best,
Ryan
Network:511



Mar 27, 2019 2:51 AM
Replying to Aakash Gupta
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Hi Ryan, It's great that you've already done your research in the field and are drawing from your experiences as an intern to write out your dissertation.
We all know projects are fraught with uncertainties, and construction projects in particular face scope creep and modifications to existing blueprints to fit newer requirements in. It also happens to be a field that makes use of skilled and unskilled labor, making it a necessity to account for both people and technologies.
I find that besides BIMs usefulness in surveying sites, Fuzzy logic applications find widespread use as well, as it lets construction project managers work out how to ensure timely supply of material on-site. You'd also have to account for a pedometer like system that counts your worker's steps and then reduces the time taken for them to find their way around tools when working on the site. Hope this helps!
Hi Aakash,

Thank you for your thoughts!

I'm very interested in the problems that workers experience with using software - I'm trying to investigate and address this directly in my research and make some suggestions for how to navigate software uptake differently.

Fuzzy logic is a concept I've only heard mentioned - It sounds interesting, I'll look into this more.

I've sent you an invitation to connect - Thanks Aakash.

Best,
Ryan
Network:43



I asked a question last time and did not get any answer. So, which construction project manager shall I contact in order for professional knowledge sharing is possible.

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