Construction projects come with many challenges at different steps of the building process. Recently, the demand for construction has skyrocketed, which, while much of industry benefits from, there certainly have been ripple effects and challenges that affected the actual completion of construction projects.
The responsibility of ensuring that the construction is completed on time and on budget falls on the project managers. The following list covers 3 of the most common challenges that are faced on construction projects and ways managers can avoid these issues.
1. Poor Direction from Management
If management on a construction project has no set plan to keep on schedule and on budget, it is not likely to be successful. Not only that, it will cause frustrations with the labour force and all the team members working on the project.
The project managers need to give clear directions with fair deadlines for completion for each stage of the creation. Keeping people accountable and responsible for doing their part and respecting the construction plans is vital, otherwise the productivity will be low, the budget will not be respected, building standards may be ignored, and the deadline will be surpassed.
Advice: If any of this impacts the client you are building for, it can affect your income and your reputation, so ensure that everyone is always on the same page.
2. Unskilled Talent
Every project manager wants to have the perfect team that is trusted to know what they are doing and are professional. In high pressure situations, hiring decisions can get made quickly, and then the reality of the quality and skill of their work may not be up to your standards.
Complex projects with new technologies can also cause workers to fall behind in their skillset and knowledge if they are not constantly educating themselves on recent industry innovations. This creates a disconnect in the work and will require investing in higher skilled, and higher priced workers.
Advice: Investing in a development plan that gives your team access to educational resources can help to alleviate skill gaps in the future.
3. Supply Chain Pressures
With the increase in demand for construction, it results in pressures on the supply chain for many sectors of the construction industry. Whether it is a lack of labourers, delays in the delivery of materials, or increases in costs of building materials such as the recent lumber shortage, all of this can create challenges with your construction project.
Not only that, the environmental pressures for resources are being felt as well. The shortage of raw materials such as copper, steel, aluminum, and resins has increased, causing prices to increase, which can impact the project’s budget and construction plan.
Advice: Choosing locally-sourced materials, innovative sustainable options, and recycled products can help reduce your impact on the global supply chain.
SFT-Bar was developed with the objective to help project managers handle these challenges. In terms of budget, while the cost of steel keeps increasing, the cost of FRP remains stable allowing you to save on overall project costs. Moreover, using SFT-Bar (FRP rebar) can also help reduce installation time, resources and transportation costs because of their lighter weight compared to steel and because of their long-lasting nature capable of withstanding a variety of impacts.
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