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Levels of Regulations on Construction Projects
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Being a Project Management Professional for more than a decade, i am overwhelmed with the recent surge in the level of Regulations and Standardization being applied to Construction Projects.

No doubt that it has transformed, the ways the Projects have been carried-out historically, for good. But still I feel it is too much. What is your opinion?
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I don't work in construction, but I'm in an industry that has also seen an explosion of regulation (at least, that's how it feels to me). In my industry, it's necessary. But it's a huge burden on the business to comply both in terms of cost, and resource. We have fewer hours available for project work because the overhead of maintaining compliance with regulation is more than it has ever been - at least that's how it seems to me.

The impact for me is that I have to plan more resources and be prepared for things to take longer. My team's day jobs are busier and more demanding than before, and there are more hoops to jump through for projects before going live.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Jun 02, 2019 3:48 AM
Asif Gul
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Exactly that's how it has affected work here. In fact i sometimes feel that it has diverted most of my team energies to ensure compliance ,extra data and record keeping, bundles of forms, checklists e.t.c than rather to focus on key Project objectives, control and progress.

Thanks for elaborating Elizabeth.
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Jun 02, 2019 3:15 AM
Replying to Elizabeth Harrin
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I don't work in construction, but I'm in an industry that has also seen an explosion of regulation (at least, that's how it feels to me). In my industry, it's necessary. But it's a huge burden on the business to comply both in terms of cost, and resource. We have fewer hours available for project work because the overhead of maintaining compliance with regulation is more than it has ever been - at least that's how it seems to me.

The impact for me is that I have to plan more resources and be prepared for things to take longer. My team's day jobs are busier and more demanding than before, and there are more hoops to jump through for projects before going live.
Exactly that's how it has affected work here. In fact i sometimes feel that it has diverted most of my team energies to ensure compliance ,extra data and record keeping, bundles of forms, checklists e.t.c than rather to focus on key Project objectives, control and progress.

Thanks for elaborating Elizabeth.
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I work in the construction industry and noticed this but not to an overwhelming degree. This has to happen at some point as things evolve.
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Agree with Rami. Most of them are really necessary.
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Asif,

There are many, too many regulations in the construction industry. Eventually regulation and standard should converge.

I have seen cases, where two imposes norms by the cleint, would contradict one another.

The key is to have prioritization of them in the contract.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Jun 09, 2019 12:43 AM
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Thanks Vincent, I agree with you prioritization is need of time.
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I don't work in construction either but a highly regulated industry. Unfortunately regulations are often a response to some negative occurrence. They're not always a good solution, but still an effort to legislate problems away.

It's a parallel situation to when an executive gets caught doing something they shouldn't, and now everyone else gets mandatory training
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Jun 09, 2019 12:47 AM
Asif Gul
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Thanks Keith, I think there should be some kind of research or investigation as to acertain the effects of level of regulations on actual project performance and a balance must be derived.
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Jun 03, 2019 3:02 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Asif,

There are many, too many regulations in the construction industry. Eventually regulation and standard should converge.

I have seen cases, where two imposes norms by the cleint, would contradict one another.

The key is to have prioritization of them in the contract.
Thanks Vincent, I agree with you prioritization is need of time.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Jun 09, 2019 5:58 PM
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Asif,

Prioritization in the industry would need time, In the contract, it needs to be now.

Get your client to put them in order that he expects you to respect them.
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Jun 03, 2019 3:58 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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I don't work in construction either but a highly regulated industry. Unfortunately regulations are often a response to some negative occurrence. They're not always a good solution, but still an effort to legislate problems away.

It's a parallel situation to when an executive gets caught doing something they shouldn't, and now everyone else gets mandatory training
Thanks Keith, I think there should be some kind of research or investigation as to acertain the effects of level of regulations on actual project performance and a balance must be derived.
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1 reply by Keith Novak
Jun 10, 2019 1:56 PM
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I certainly wouldn't argue that all regulations are effective. In many cases they can be imposed by non-experts who insist that something must be done, even if it is a huge burden and not something that addresses the original problem

Fortunately in my industry, the regulatory agencies understand that if the regulations become such a burden that nobody could afford to stay in business, the agency itself would no longer have a purpose so the business impact must be considered when making new rules.
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Jun 09, 2019 12:43 AM
Replying to Asif Gul
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Thanks Vincent, I agree with you prioritization is need of time.
Asif,

Prioritization in the industry would need time, In the contract, it needs to be now.

Get your client to put them in order that he expects you to respect them.
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Jun 09, 2019 12:47 AM
Replying to Asif Gul
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Thanks Keith, I think there should be some kind of research or investigation as to acertain the effects of level of regulations on actual project performance and a balance must be derived.
I certainly wouldn't argue that all regulations are effective. In many cases they can be imposed by non-experts who insist that something must be done, even if it is a huge burden and not something that addresses the original problem

Fortunately in my industry, the regulatory agencies understand that if the regulations become such a burden that nobody could afford to stay in business, the agency itself would no longer have a purpose so the business impact must be considered when making new rules.

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