Construction management is highly regarded in the construction industry. Construction Management (CM) takes many forms and applies to both small and large projects. Without proper CM many jobs are not able to be completed on time or within budget and in the worse case scenarios projects are completed with defects. Construction managers might take place of general contractor, sub-contractor or work with other people during building.
A construction manager has the work to oversee various crucial aspects in the construction process. A few responsibilities and concerns of the CM include:
Construction works are an expensive project. It is therefore a requirement to account for all the money used in a project. Additionally, it is also important to make a budget and establish when certain amount of money is required for progress payments and works progress milestones. This is very common with constructions funded by organizations. Keeping a job on track with the works and on track with the costings is a responsibility of a construction manager assisted by other people involved in the project especially main clients and architect.
Construction Management includes overseeing human resource input in a project. Although there are a high number of persons involved, a construction manager will mostly be involved with main contractors, specialists and other professionals. For example on a site that involves demolition and construction works it is the role of the CM to schedule the work flow and ensure trades are finished on time so that as one completes their tasks another contractor or workers can start. The manager advises on essential resources, roles of involved in the construction and assists in negotiating their pay.
Selection of contractors is an important undertaking for a project manager and is usually done through tendering process.
This category includes materials and plant. The role of project managers here is advisory mostly in consultation with the construction architect and engineers. The correct choice of machinery and plant is crucial to avoid unnecessary costs or delays.
Other responsibilities of a construction manager are:
There are many aspects that need to be monitored by the CM when trying to complete projects on time. Chances of compromising quality of a finished product is quite high when there are trade or financial constraints. A Construction Manager through assistance of necessary technical engineers ensures that quality is observed during construction and that at hand over the development is completed as per the plans and specs.
When borrowed funds are used to construct or a tenant is going to lease the finished building time is of the essence. If construction time is lost, it means revenue from the finished product is lost or worse case scenario more funds have to be borrowed to complete.
There are some firms which do the work of construction management. Such firms also offer engineering and architectural services on top of managing the construction.
Construction managers are essential on large scale jobs and all government works