Featured Project: Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Phase II

Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Phase II

Description
Construction and development of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The project will include the construction of a 2.3 million cubic metre dam, Polihali Dam, in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. It will also include a 19km tunnel / pumping main from the Mashai reservoir upstream of Katse Dam; Second 45km long transfer tunnel from Katse reservoir to the Muela reservoir; Upgrading of the Muela hydropower plant; Second 37km long delivery tunnel from the Muela reservoir to the Vaal River basin. Project value: R17.5 billion.

 

Status Region
Underway Lesotho
Category Value
Infrastructure R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Water 2019 onwards.
Sector Class
Public Open Tender

 

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Featured Project: The Palms – Building

The Palms – Building

The Palms

Description
Construction of a residential complex in the heart of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The development will be known as The Palms.

 

Status Region
Underway Northern Cape
Category Value
Building
R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Residential 2013 onwards
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Invited / Negotiated

 

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Women in Mining

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Women in Mining

Men continue to outnumber women in many industries and sectors. However, just because you’re outnumbered doesn’t mean you can’t be a huge success. Woman entering the mining industry is a fast growing phenomenon. Mining is seen mostly as a male dominated environment but this is changing.

Not so long ago, in the 1990’s when I was born, woman weren’t permitted to work. And now look at us! Dominating and working in all kinds of industries, showing that we can do anything and do it just as well.

Many steps have been taken to allow woman equal opportunity in this industry and South Africa is leading this movement.

Working in the mining industry can be a difficult journey and is often misunderstood. Initiatives in the form of bursaries have been introduced in an attempt to attract young women to compete in these male dominated sectors.

Barriers:

  • It’s a mine, what did you expect? It’s going to be dark, dusty and hot. Greasy workshops, muddy sites and hot furnaces. Mines were not designed with Woman in mind. Some mines lack proper toilets and hygiene facilities but this is changing as we adapt to having Woman in the industry.
“You may have to get your hands dirty

 

  • Super Woman. You have to be considered tough and be willing to work hard and long hours. Most mines require overtime and this could mean waking up at 2am or trying to organize a baby sitter for the night shifts.
  • Woman are seen as primary caregivers and you will need to balance life, childcare and work.

  • Look, you will be working with Men and might experience verbal harassment in the workplace. Treat people well and do not entertain confrontation or get defensive. Show you’re a strong independent woman. Take the proper steps to report the incident.
  • Some men won’t want to be led by a woman. “I’ve been doing this for years and don’t need to be told by a woman what to do or when to do it.”
  • Gender Equality. You will not receive special treatment just because you’re a woman.

Benefits:

  • Most Wanted. That’s right! Opportunities will come flying at you as you are one of the few woman qualified and able to work in the mining industry.
  • It is a huge achievement to work within the mining industry and takes hard work and years of studying. Bragging rights.
  • Role Model. Other young females studying mining engineering will have you as their poster on their wall.
  • The Money. Always go where the money is.

Money

I know you were all thinking it. Is it worth it? Well, just like any other job, the money depends on your experience and what position you hold in the workplace.

I read about a 37 year old woman named Bukelwa Dwenya, who works at Sibanye Mine in Rustenburg, North West. She said she earned about R20 000 a month excluding her bonus and other benefits and worked 8 hours a day like you and I do. She is responsible for lowering and lifting workers in a cage down to a depth of about 11 000m throughout the day.

The average mine worker earns about R109 to R120 per day. There are also other positions such as in management or drilling operations, drivers or safety officers.

I read that Impala Platinum Mines’ salary for a driver was sitting at R7000 per month and about R52 000 per month for a safety officer.

Tenders

More money 😉 Get tender opportunities for your mining business through an extensive resource of online tender notices at Leads 2 Business. Successfully applying for the correct tender can help you to win large orders and grow your business. By partnering with Leads 2 Business, we offer you a large database of mining opportunities in Africa and Southern Africa.

Fashion

Mining clothing has changed and is now tailored to woman and their needs. Many clothing companies have managed to create comfort through intelligent and innovative designs. There are many things to consider when creating clothing for mine workers.

  • Ensure maximum safety
  • Visibility
  • High standards and quality
  • Performance
  • Durable
  • Movability

As a woman, wearing a full overall is not ideal, especially when you need the loo and you have to fully undress in a little stall.

Covergalls is one of the sites I have been looking at and they have come up with some pretty nifty ideas. They made woman’s mining clothing with a roomier chest area, the right length and adjustable waistband (lord knows how we need this). They also have a hidden zipper leading to a trap door solving the whole bathroom dilemma mentioned previously! Immediately I went to look at the colours you can choose from – Navy Blue, Safety Orange, Royal Blue and red. Hamm I didn’t see hot pink anywhere? Hopefully this is in the pipeline 😉

 

Types of Mining

  • Coal mining
  • Gold mining
  • Surface mining
  • Underground mining
  • Subsurface mining

 

Should I do it?

Listen, from what I have read, it’s no picnic. It seems like one of the toughest industries and I’m not going to sugar coat it. You will need to work hard and be one tough cookie! Take nothing to heart and know your worth. Work until they no longer see you as “Just a Woman” but as a leader. If you feel you can do it and are passionate about mining, I’m sure it would be absolutely worth it. There are many perks and I think it would be an amazing opportunity. I would say – “Go for it.”

 

SA Schools of Mines

Proud moment as this young lady graduates as a Mining Engineer

 

Change your mind set, adapt to the ever changing world and grow with the future. Know more – do more.

 

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Mining Review

 

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Featured Project: Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone

Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone

Kathu Solar Park

Description
Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape. The cement grinding facility will be located along Neptune Road within Zone 5 of the Coega Industrial Zone which is 6km east of the town Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. Estimated value: R350 million

 

Status Region
Underway Eastern Cape
Category Value
Building R350 Million
Industry Timing
Industrial August 2017 to August 2018
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 

cement grinding plant

 

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Featured Project: Construction of Park Square

Construction of Park Square

The Palms - Building

Description:

Construction of Park Square, a 4-Star Green Star mixed use office and retail development which will be located next to Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. The office block has a GLA of 36 000m², comprising 32 000m² of A grade and P grade sectional title office space and 4 000m² of prime ground floor retail space. There will be 2 basement levels. The retail part of the development will be used for restaurants, bars and shops and there will be a 16-metre wide public walkway that will connect the square to the nearby CJ Saunders Park. The walkway will also provide access to the public road on the eastern side of the development.

Park Square

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Office & Commercial

Sector:

Private

Region:

KwaZulu-Natal

Value:

R 600 Million

Timing:

January 2017 to September 2018

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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Featured Project: Autumn Leaf Mall – Shopping Mall

Autumn Leaf Mall – Shopping Mall

Autumn Leaf Mall - Shopping Mall

Description:

Construction of the 29 500m² Autumn Leaf Mall with 1 770 parking bays on Portion 24 (a Portion of Portion 5) of the farm Hazia 240 JP, near Zeerust town situated in the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality, North West Province. The Project will include a filling station and convenience store.

Autumn Leaf Mall - Shopping Mall

 

Status:

Design

Category:

Building

Industry:

Retail

Sector:

Private

Region:

North West

Value:

R 100 million+

Timing:

2018 Onwards

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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L2B Blog: The ins and outs of Town Planning

My definition: “A creative artist with the city as their canvas.”

A town planner is professional who deals closely with architects, designers, landscape architects and engineers in order to create, manage, define and renew our cities. They work to plan human settlements and come up with long term plans for cities and regional areas, to try and reduce congestion and alleviate transport congestion and one of the ways of doing this is planning for public transport.

A town planner needs to have an understanding of population trends and the demands of the community. They are able to handle the influx of people and their needs. They encourage growth and change and enrich the lives of everyone. To be a good town planner you would need to have a vision of how you would like the city to look and feel. You need to be a good listener and understand how the community feel about their city, sometimes they may have ideas that are more valid or even better. You also need to have patience and understand that some of the plans you are working on may take 10 sometimes 20 years to eventuate. Other skills needed would be problem solving, negotiation, communication, management, team work and flexibility.

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They plan to make full use of space in such a way not to be wasteful and to be mindful of the environment and old historic buildings that are of architetrual importance. There are also rules and regulations that need to followed as well as a municipal budget.

Not only do they plan new exciting buildings, bridges and roads, but they also plan extensions and alterations of the existing areas.
Town planning seems to be very stressful, but also very rewarding.

If you want to make a real difference and have a keen interest in geography and the city, then this might be for you. You could make an impact on the world and the city you live in.

To me, the fun part would be using the tools and technology to do the designing, planning and layout of the city. I mean I love drawing. Town planning isn’t just drawing images of buildings all day. There is a lot of hard work before putting pen to paper.

 

According to GK Hiraskar the 3 main planning principals with regards to town planning are health, convenience and beauty.

  • Health – Creating and promoting a healthy living environment for the poor and the rich to work, relax or live in. Land can be subdivided and zoned for various uses. Live – work – play seems to be the trend for 2018 and the future. Another big thing in health is walkability.
  • Convenience – Meeting the needs of the community. Social, cultural, economic and public utilities would be needed to fulfill these needs. Again live work play.
  • Beauty – The attractiveness of the city. Making the city look appealing, meeting demands and keeping up with trends. Going green.

 

Steps in the Town Planning process

1. Identifying the issues that need to be addressed

2. Stating the goals and how to achieve them.

3. Data collection. Market research could be done by gathering data from the environment and economic studies as well as surveys and interest groups.

4. Plan preparation. Look at and review the possible site plans that have been submitted. Look at the feasibility of these proposals and see if there are any changes needed to be made. A recommendation would then need to be submitted on whether this should be denied or approved.

5. Community. Liaise with and present the plan to public officials, professionals and the community for review and comment (only once approved). This is done in newspapers, online, websites, social media and newsletters.

6. Evaluation alternatives. What impact does the proposal have on the city, town and community? Assessments and investigations are needed to be done. Impacting factors could be living conditions, traffic, the built environment and nature itself. The comment received by the community would need to be processed and addressed. Decisions on the way forward would need to be made with possible alternatives discussed.

7. Adopt and implement the plan.

Basically a town planner must be able to foresee, predict, address and interpret the changes and transformation that took place and successfully accommodate changes in order to carry out the plan

 

Duties of a Town Planner
Drafts and plans the departmental budget
Represents the town
Attends, staffs and plans board meetings
Prepares notices and documents
Takes minutes
Provides technical assistance
Establishes guidelines and plans
Zoning
Liaising with public officials, professionals and the public
Formulate and plan the city layout, street design and green spaces

 

I myself am not a Town Planner but I do follow the progress of building and construction related projects. I deal closely with the client, EIA consultant and Town Planner on early conceptual projects when it’s just an idea. It’s always do amazing to be able to watch the development unfold and the plan comes to life and molds our city.

 

I am currently researching and following the 30 new planned Mega Cities for Gauteng. Curenntly the Montrose Mega City is available on Leads 2 Business. This is a huge mixed use Mega city which includes residential, offices, public transport facility, a private and regional hospital, schools, a government complex and industrial and warehousing facilites. I can only imagine the hard work and planning that went into these mega cities and am lucky enough to be tracking the progress of these.

 

Source:

https://opentextbc.ca/projectmanagement/chapter/chapter-3-the-project-life-cycle-phases-project-management/
https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/theconstructor.org/construction/construction-project-life-cycle-phases/14283/amp/
https://study.com/articles/Become_a_Town_Planner_Step-by-Step_Career_Guide.html
http://www.dummies.com/home-garden/green-living/urban-planning-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/
https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Urban+Planning+For+Dummies-p-9781118100233
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https://blog.feedspot.com/urban_planning_blogs/
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http://www.espoo.fi/en-US/Housing_and_environment/City_planning/Town_planning/Town_Planning_Process
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-projects/project-procedures/processes/design-management/town-planning/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_planning
http://townplanninglectures.blogspot.co.za/2009/03/phases-of-planning-principles-of.html?m=1
https://www.langeberg.gov.za/directory/engineering-services/town-planning
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_planning
https://www.wits.ac.za/course-finder/undergraduate/ebe/urban-and-regional-planning/
http://www.rtpi.org.uk/education-and-careers/become-a-planner/what-does-a-planner-do/
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https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/279463-town-and-country-planner-job-description
http://www.careerplanet.co.za/careers/construction-engineering-and-mining/environmental-engineering-and-town-planning/urban-and-regional-planner
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https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/10/-sp-cities-town-planning-cool-architects
http://mediciproject.org/in-the-city-pt-1-what-is-urban-planning-and-why-do-we-need-it/
https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/www.devex.com/news/urban-planning-an-answer-to-today-s-city-demands-61827/amp
https://www.memun.org/SchoolsProject/Resources/zoning/planner_jobdescr.htm
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https://www.truity.com/career-profile/urban-or-regional-planner

 

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Featured Project: Illovo 96 – Building

Description: Construction of the new 5 100m² office development to be located on 15 Chaplin Road, Illovo, Sandton, Gauteng. Scope of works includes the construction of a 6 level office building with 2 floors of basement parking. 

Status: Tender

Industry: Office & Commercial

Region: Sandton

Sector: Private

Value: Unknown At This Stage 

Timing: 2018 Onwards

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L2B Blog: 10 (or 11) tips for recruiting great Project Managers

10 (or 11) tips for recruiting great Project Managers

There are many steps that need to be taken when a new position at your firm has opened.

  1. Detailed job description needs to be indicated
  2. Advertising of the position
  3. Finally Interviewing the candidates….. this is what my blog is going to focus on.

Interviewing many individuals for a new position can be hectic and some may find this stressful. It’s not only the questions you have to put together for the interview, but also other aspects you would need to consider before hiring any particular person.

There are questions you would need to ask the interviewee and questions you would need to ask (and answer) yourself!

Interviewing people is not something that I do personally. I myself am an employee of Leads 2 Business, hiring or firing is not part of what I do and I can’t imagine that this is easy. This is the responsibility of our HR manager, Director and ultimately the CEO’s decision – scary I know… but they know what they are looking for in a person.

 

Possible questions you as an interviewer would need to ask (and answer) yourself could be:

  1. Do I like this person? Well that’s rather rude! First impressions do however count though and judging is something we as humans do and rightfully so.
  2. Would they “fit in” and get along with the other staff or team? Can they delegate? Work as a team? And more importantly, do they love dogs?? – how else are we meant to have conversations about things we have in common?
  3. Are they good at decision making – would they make the right choice for your company and for the success of the project?
  4. Can you trust them? (who knows? we have only just met them. Susan could be a wonderful candidate or a horrible one).

Source

 

Your answers are all based on how you perceive the person, the ‘feel’ you get from them and it’s very difficult as you can only discover so much about a person during this short interview. It’s like judging, using those short 30 minutes you have with them, this is quite daunting as the person being interviewed might know this.

There are many questions you can ask in an interview, but the “right ones” can help shed the light on the persons behaviour and beliefs and answer some of the questions above that we set out for ourselves.

There are tons of books with standard or possible interview questions and answers. People buy these, or read them online and the whole interview then feels rehearsed as they have memorised the answers.

This is quite annoying and not to mention “cheating” in a way LOL.. because they are telling you what you want to hear and acing the interview and who knows what they are really like behind those false statements that they have spent hours in front of the mirror rehearsing? Is that what Susan really believes or is she just saying what the book suggested? Maybe she hates dogs.. Gasp…shock and horror!! We will never know. But there is a glimmer of hope because below are a few questions directed at Project Manager interviews that are more personal and a bit more direct so that we can find out if this is the correct person for the job, based on their own experiences.

 

10 Questions when interviewing for a Project Manager position:

 

1. Time Management – As a project manager, what do you spend most of your time doing each day?

Acceptable answers would depend on the work environment and the position. If they see themselves spending time with clients and out on the road then this is wonderful if you are looking for someone who does that. A project manager visits clients most days of the week.

If they see themselves as stuck in front of a computer all day – great! If this is the type of PM you are looking for.

Any answer could be suitable and it’s a good idea to ask what they do with their time?

But there are several wrong answers – “Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and LinkedIn” I believe would not be the best answer and not a good idea to mention. Nobody wants to hear that you are on social media all day uploading selfies at your new desk with an #AwesomeCupOfCoffee (which I might add that we are lucky enough to enjoy at our offices) The coffee – not the selfies:)

 

Source

 

2. Flexibility – What type of Projects do you not like?

Project managers work on a lot of projects and most of these projects are allocated to them, not chosen by them, so they could be stuck with a project that they are not really into.

A bad answer here would be if they state outright that they “do not work on Road Projects”, that’s a bold and specific statement. How about trying, “I prefer retail and residential projects and not so much the road and civil projects. But I won’t say no to these. “Well done!! – 10 points – That my friend, was a wonderful answer, you’ve shown what you like and don’t like and your flexibility. Gold Star!!

Source

 

3. Rating – Rate yourself as a project manager and your job / career from 1- 10?

Oooh now this could be interesting. This should be able to show you how the person perceives themselves and their career. How valuable they feel and if this is their career choice or if they might be using it as a stepping stone until they find “something better.” Do they enjoy being a project manager and is this their career that they have worked towards and are happy with?

Source

Once they have chosen a rating, ask them why? Why did Susan choose 2 out of 10? Go ahead.. Ask her…
“Because I’m currently studying to be an art teacher and I’ve decided that being a project manager is not what I want to do”. And then you might think to yourself (and not say out loud) with a straight face while looking at her, “Well then what are you doing here Susan? Honestly…”. Next question…

 

4. Role – What is the most important role you have as a Project Manager?

They should be able to list the duties of a project manager and tell you what they see as a priority. This will give you an indication of what they prioritise and if they will fit in with the team / staff.

Susan – “Well I’ll be like the boss, so it’s just sitting around telling the team what to do really!” Is it Susan? Really? I don’t think so. Yes, you delegate as a project manager and assist the team and work as a team, but you don’t yell at John to go get the equipment and then kick your feet up on a stool and browse Facebook while you wait. No. Next…

Source

5. Delegating – Have there been any incidences where you did not delegate? What was the result / what happened?

This gives the person a chance to be honest and tell you about an incident where things did not go according to plan. How they were able to rectify the problem or solve the issue at hand.

Was this a once off occurrence or did happen again? Did they learn from their mistake and learn how to prevent this from happening in future projects? Delegation is a key duty as I mentioned in my last “Did You Know – Project manager duties” that was published a few days ago and yes, I agree, it does seem like I write a lot 😉

You want to hire a project manager that can handle work overload and knows how to delegate!

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This is why I do everything myself and never delegate” – This would be another incorrect answer and clearly not someone we are looking for.

 

6. Job Criteria – What is this person looking for in a job? (is it the money, work experience or lifetime career, travelling abroad which is much needed time away from the kids??) – kidding.

We ask this to see what a person is looking for in a job, their reasoning for applying for particular jobs. Are they applying for this position to further their project management career? Is it the big brand or name of the company that attracted them? Is it the money?

Hopefully, the person would say that they have always wanted to work for the company (with stars in their eyes) and that they could learn a lot from the company as well as teach or give a lot back

If they say “I’m in it for the money”– this could be seen as bad and maybe even good. Some people are money hungry and that may not be bad because they may be willing to work harder for more money – but this isn’t always true. They might also jump from job to job depending what the salary is.

I just think it would be better to have someone that is absolutely super keen to work for your company and knows a lot about it.

Source

 

7. Problem solving techniques – do they have any? What are they?

Here they get a chance to brag about their awesome skills as a project manager or lack thereof.. Or maybe they carry on and on about how awesome they are, and how big their ego is and how they can do anything by themselves because they are Superman and say “Don’t worry I got this” – a lot.That’s awesome but we are not looking for the son of Krypton Susan!!

Source

 

8. Authority and Respect – How do you work with others more senior than you such as managers?

“I don’t bother them because I know what I’m doing and don’t need advice.”Wrong again Susan. You need to keep them up to date with the project and how its progressing. If the time line is being met and everything is running smoothly and still on track to be a successful project.

You need to be able to work well with managers and people more senior than you. You need to be able to have build and maintain relationships – it’s one of the job requirements.

Source

 

9. Ethics – Have you ever had to make an ethical decision on one of your projects?

Are they aware of the legalities, codes and ethics as a project manager?

“I awarded a contract to my mate once and we split the profit” is not something you want to hear and definitely NOT legal. And NO… You cannot now become buddies with Susan hoping that you can award projects and split the money 3 ways. Just don’t.

Source

 

10. Impact / improvement – have you improved the project management processes at your current job and if so – how? Ask them to elaborate on their answer.

This will show you if the person has had the guts to approach management with their innovative ideas and if they’ve come up with suggestions for improvements. Someone with ideas and who isn’t afraid to put them forward.

Source

 

and the BONUS question is…. wait for it…

11. Doughnuts – will you be providing these??

 

HIRED!!

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Did you know #DYK: Who is Managing a Project? General Project Manager Duties

Who is Managing a Project? General Project Manager Duties

How to contact the Researcher

I believe that a Project Manager is a key member of the Professional Team. They are responsible for the delivery of a project, reaching and achieving set goals and targets correctly and safely.

From the research that I have done, I have come to the conclusion that Project Managers have a lot of responsibility, not to mention stress, as they are responsible for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project.

 

Project Manager’s possible duties include:

 

1. Planning

To plan the successful delivery of a project. They would need to plan, design, analyse, evaluate the goals and objectives to determine how to deliver a project effectively and efficiently. They need to know all the projects details and requirements.

To plan tight time schedules and strict budgets that must be adhered to.

To plan visits or set up meetings with existing, new and potential clients to ensure these relationships are beneficial as well as well-maintained throughout the project process or contract.

Another requirement is Resource & Construction Strategy Planning.

 

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2. Managing and Communicating

Managing their team and day to day activities. This includes ensuring the right material arrives on site before required, to be prepared as well as relaying the work activities, objectives and ethics to their colleagues. They need to relay the objectives of the project, scope of works and job role i.e. what is expected of them. General Management skills.

When delays or problems are encountered – which we know happens – then it is up to the Project Manager to be ready to lead the way and make the necessary decisions to get the project back on track and moving forward again. They need to manage a set of service deliveries that needs to be achieved on time and on schedule.

Project Managers should also be able to resolved conflict, whether this be onsite between the service teams, with other entities or the public. They need to show initiative and overcome any obstacles by finding a suitable way to adapt to certain situations to provide successful solutions with a successful outcome.

They should be able to command authority naturally while looking after their team, encouraging and supporting them. Be the team and project leader, keeping communication lines open whilst ensuring the team engage in project work.

Monitoring project progress and performance

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3. Reporting, Recording and Liaising

Reporting on the progress of the project to various management members and client advising them how far along the project is, if this is progressing well and as planned. They need to inform them if deadlines are being met (or not) and if the program is still on track. Project Managers need to report any delays or extension of time or any project hiccups. Meeting checkpoints and financial reporting is imperative. This report is not once off, it is constant feedback to keep the client up to date with the current status of the project.

They need to define milestones and produce reports to the team. This is done at agreed intervals to inform the service team of where they are currently and what actions need to be taken, again keeping communication open.

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4. Co-ordinating

Co-ordinating the team which includes staff training and support

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5. Financing

Setting up the budgets, estimates, costs and construction timetable and developing a budget for the client.

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6. Staffing

Sometimes, however not in all cases, it is the duty of the Project Manager to appoint sub contractors and contractors for the project. The Project Manager is accountable for the team he chooses and could be asked to motivate why he chose a particular company or professional.

They need to select and put together the best team for the job, this not only includes selecting a tea, but also training the team towards the companies core values.

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7. Compliance

Ensuring that the project complies with the building codes, regularity or legal requirements.

Deliverables should be tested at each milestones to ensure that they are correct and meet the requirements

Quality control

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I hope this has given you more insight into the Project Manager’s possible duties, responsibilities, role in the project and what their workload is like.

 

Sources:

https://www.villanovau.com/resources/project-management/project-management-tips/#.WS0p6zclGG9

http://99u.com/articles/6946/top-10-characteristics-of-great-project-managers

https://resources.workable.com/construction-project-manager-job-description

http://www.sprojm.org.sg/about-roles

http://www.aproplan.com/blog/news/10-key-responsibilities-of-a-construction-project-manager

http://work.chron.com/duties-responsibilities-construction-project-manager-12731.html

https://jobs.telegraph.co.uk/article/construction-project-manager-job-description/

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