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Almost all conservations in construction industry revolve around ‘productivity’ and ‘efficiency’ or a lack thereof in the processes. And who would forget the famous 2017 report by McKinsey Global Institute, where it clearly mentioned with stats the huge lack of efficiency and productivity in this industry for the past two decades.
With labor shortage plaguing the industry for so long, construction contractors are struggling hard to explore new ways to get productivity and efficiency out of the project teams while ensuring a secure work environment and happy clients. Well, there isn’t an iota of doubt in the fact that past few years have been detrimental to the construction productivity; the future looks bright with new technologies. Also, there are certain things contractors do from their end to improve the levels of efficiency and productivity. Wondering how this can be achieved? Then, let’s go through some of the time-tested methods.
- Improve the complete construction project planning: Not many contractors know this fact but majority of errors leading to reduced performance and efficiency are made in the first stage of the project which is project planning. For instance, lack of proper homework can mess up things in halfway. Supposedly as a contractor, you don’t know the amount of concrete required for a project and you quote a price to the client without any figures. What if, in the middle, you realize that the amount of concrete will double up? Before the construction project actually begins, it is vital to dedicate sufficient time to figure out details such as materials, equipment, processes, people, and information to avoid any errors.
- Go for a BIM or Building Information Modeling: BIM or building information modeling can be defined as a process to create enhanced digital representations of infrastructure that you are planning to build. With the help of these digital models, you can visualize the complete building before committing any finishing date or budget. For example, a BIM software helps contractors determine the number of people that might go in and out on a daily basis, thus allowing them to calculate accurate water heater sizes, pump sizes, etc.
- Listen to what the staff is saying: Believe it or not, your workers and staff are your ears and eyes on the site. In case anything is going wrong or any process is becoming better, these are the people who will know it way before you. Experienced staff and veteran workers can assist you locate the major loopholes and loose spots in the project plan way before it is started. Don’t forget to include them even in the early phases of process planning to spot any such problem.
- Invest in good training: Just like in any other sector, training is of utmost importance when it comes to improving productivity and efficiency. In any construction project, the proper training of construction supervisors can make a big difference. These are the people who require in-detailed techniques and management principles to ensure the smooth and seamless working of construction processes. By providing your staff the necessary training to hone their skills, you can instantly see good benefits in terms of productivity and efficiency. For instance, a supervisor, equipped with new skills, can guide and direct his workers to perform a specific task in more productive and efficient manner.
- Better communication: Lack of communication with the team and within the team is a sure-shot recipe for a big disaster and even greater losses in term of overhead expenses and efficiency. As a contractor, you should be available for your crew so that they can come to you immediately in case of any issues. Moreover, they should also know what is being expected out from them, the deadlines, and what milestone you want to achieve next month or in the next 6 months. It is advised to make a routine to meet the project supervisors where you can go over the complete plan with them, discuss the challenges, while chalking out the plan for the day.
- Hold the crew accountable and lay down KPIs: Performance measurements or key performance indicators are a huge motivation for workers and staff, especially when there are certain rewards involved with them. Set clear KPIs and think of attaching some incentive or award with every single one. Such KPIs can improve your communication with the teams and can also improve efficiency to a certain level. Some of the basic performance metrics that contractors can set include completing a milestone within deadline, being punctual during the complete project, taking extra initiatives to address issues, and the overall work quality.
- Implement modular and prefabrication trend in your construction projects: Recently the trend of modular and prefabrication construction has taken up the entire industry in a storm. Construction technology has traversed a long way and have reached a point where distinguishing between such buildings and traditional one is tough task. Costs can be cut down on these buildings as they can be erected much faster as compared to the traditional one.
- Find good construction application/software: We are living in the era of digital technologies where there are so many applications, software, and tools to help you address critical challenges. With the assistance of a good construction management software or tool, you can enhance the productivity and efficiency immensely. Construction management tools such as xynLOG can be integrated with the machines that are a part of the construction process. This tool closely monitors the working of machines and immediately alarms the staff or supervisor if any issue or error comes up.
To sum everything up, it is quite clear that improving efficiency of a construction project is a very challenging task. But with an accurate plan and constant efforts, any contractor can oomph up their construction management game to another level. Digital software and tools can offer amazing help to achieve this feat and by implementing the insights received, one can ensure that the set deadlines are met in the most productive manner.