Any construction project can turn into a nightmare. All it takes is one or two missteps, and your entire timeline is thrown off course, causing you to rack up unforseen costs and go over budget.
This can happen with any type of construction project, but it tends to be even worse when it happens during an industrial construction project. If you’ve got high-paying clients to answer to, and a huge construction mess to clean up, things can feel a little out of control.
To help you out, we’ve put together a quick list of seven ways to make your industrial construction process run smoothly, so you can put your worries to bed.
1. Implement better planning
As you may already know, planning is everything when it comes to construction. You need to have blueprints for your building project approved before you’re even allowed to break ground, so planning should come naturally, right?
If you think you can guess and plan as you go, you’re only setting yourself up for headaches down the road. Every single aspect of the building process, from how much concrete you’ll need for your foundation, to how many 2×4’s you’ll need for wall studs needs to be laid out and planned for.
Some pre-engineered metal buildings require less planning upfront, as they’re made to be put together quickly and precisely. If you’d like to learn more about the efficiency of metal buildings, check out this article on FMP Construction.
2. Improve communication
There are tons of construction project managers who think that once their plan is finished, they can call it a day and leave the rest up to the supervisors, but this couldn’t be more detrimental to project efficiency.
Instead of checking out, make sure that your supervisors know they can come to you with any problems that may arise. Give them the space to make decisions in the heat of the moment if needed, but be their leader when the time comes too.
Make it a daily habit to meet with all of your supervisors to establish expectations, and make improvements for the next day’s work.
3. Listen to your staff
In a construction team, if you’re the officer, then your staff are the boots on the ground. They know the job from a hands-on perspective, which can be extremely valuable during the planning process. For this reason, you should include your experienced staff during the planning process.
You never know what small holes in your plan they may be able to catch and save you time down the road.
4. Use construction management software
The modernization of the world includes the modernization of management. There are countless tools at our disposal to help optimize time and planning, making construction projects more efficient than ever before.
You may not be computer-savvy, but you may find yourself falling behind if you don’t transition into using some sort of construction management software.
5. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
In today’s world there are plenty of ways to save yourself time and money, and Building Information Modeling software is one of them. Essentially, BIM allows you to view a 3D computerized model of your building plans long before you ever break ground in the construction process.
A building information model can help you catch flaws in your design plans, and give you the tools you need to make informed decisions on things like pipes, vents, and just about everything in between.
6. Invest in training
It’s always a good idea to keep an open-door policy with your staff. That way they can come to you whenever they need something for the job, but in order to improve your company’s efficiency, you should invest in leadership and management training for your more experienced staff.
This will allow them the confidence and experience to make tough decisions when they arise, saving time and money in the long run. Investing in training for your employees also sets them up for greater success in the future -whether they work for you or not.
7. Set clear goals and expectations
Every industrial construction project is completed by going through a long chain of overcoming one obstacle after another. Every day brings a new obstacle, so every day is just as important as the last.
By setting clear goals and expectations from the start of each day, you’ll be able to keep your construction project on track, and keep your workers motivated -especially if there’s a reward attached to accomplishing each goal!
Industrial construction projects can quickly turn into a nightmare, but if you follow these tips, we think you’ll be finishing your next project quicker and easier than ever!