Time Management

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Time Management

Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Good time management enables you to work smarter and not harder in this way you get more work done in less time, even when time is tight and you are stressing.
It is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, productivity and efficiency.
It is a key aspect of project management and involves skills such as planning, prioritizing and setting goals for a better performance.Management

Essential time management skills:

• Goal Setting
• Prioritisation
• Self-awareness
• Self-motivation
• Focus
• Decision making
• Planning
• Communication Skills

Time Management of Construction Projects:

Time management is the organising and putting in to place a strategy related to the time required for work activities on a project. Effective time management is essential to successfully and efficiently meeting budget and programme targets, as well as achieving profitability.

Projects can risk unnecessary cost and delays as a result of bad or ineffective time management, either by failing to allow for the full details of the project or by failing to effectively manage the work schedule properly, In a large project the client may appoint a programme consultant to structure a detailed programme for the project at hand that includes an outline programme for construction if the contractor has not been appointed.

Once a contractor is appointed they will then take over the construction works but the programme consultant may continue to develop an overall programme for the client.
While in the planning stage all work activities needs to be properly understood and thought out. This needs to be planned in detail, meaning all work needs to be understood and the role everyone plays.

Estimates can be made of how long each activity will take. This is critical to the setting of millstones and deadlines, for allocation of resources, and for determining the pricing of contracts and cash-flow requirements.
Construction is a complex process, involving a number of activities and participants throughout the entire undertaking. The requisite tasks, as well as the responsibilities of the owner, architects, contractors, and subcontractors may be organized in many different ways to deliver the desired result.

Time management is critical for all in the construction process, including Contractors, Architects, Owners, and Subcontractors. Professional management and administration of the contract time is crucial to avoiding and minimizing time and cost overruns.

To maximize the chances of success all that is involved need to have full understanding of:
• Delays and how they can happen.
• Basic concepts of schedule and delay analysis methodology.
• Critical path scheduling techniques, the accompanying scheduling specifications, and the software used.
• Pros and cons of numerous schedule and delay methods used by construction project participants.

Major factors impacting successful project delivery include:

  • Construction brokering by the contractor
  • Errors and insufficient time extensions, and varying site conditions.
  • There is also the risk of uncertainty and misunderstandings in terms of what is an acceptable standard of proof for acceptable delays.

Justifying a Delay
Whenever a delay happens early attention and timely action of the owner or construction manager is required. It is important to identify the responsible party quickly, developing and implementing a plan of action.

To do so, it is of great importance to have an effective plan for preparing a timely assessment of changes and delays, making it possible to formulate a clear, brief, persuasive position on each of them.
Because time is finite, construction project managers must use their limited time as productively as possible. Below are some time management tips for construction managers to help them manage their time:

• Keep the project schedule at the forefront
• Prioritize your task list
• Delegate tasks as needed
• Conduct actionable meetings
• Communicate clearly and effectively
• Use the right tools

 

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About Tamika Mays

I started working at Leads 2 Business the 7th March this year. I have been working in the Leads to Quotes department where we deal with the contractors on a day to day basis. We help the contractors get the pricing they need for the contracts. The construction industry is an ever evolving industry and I love learning new things every day. Leads 2 Business is an amazing company to work for and is filled with amazing staff.

The importance of dry and wet hire

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The importance of dry and wet hire.

Did you know that you get what is called “wet and dry hire” when hiring equipment?

I knew none of this and this topic had me stumped for a good couple of hours.

Did you know that wet hire is when you hire your equipment with an operator and all you would need to keep the equipment fully operational, this also includes the diesel you would need throughout your project?

Where dry hire is when you just hire the equipment and not the operator and added benefits.
This also means that the diesel is not included: however you do get the machine with a full tank of diesel but when you return the machine you need to return it with the same amount of diesel as it arrived with.

After some reading I do see that both wet and dry hire are good to have in their own way depending on what type of project you are busy with and how big your project is.

The advantages of wet hire:

• Cost effective (bigger projects).
• Operator has knowledge of equipment.
• The diesel that you would use is included in the hire of the machine.
• No added cost when equipment needs repairs keeping cost down and your project on track.
• Removes the stress of hiring other people to operate the equipment.
• One quote – one price.

dry and wet hire

The advantages of dry hire:

• Save money by keeping your labour within the company.
• Not many people on site.
• When you use someone that works for you they have an understanding of how you work and what you are wanting done on site.

dry and wet hire

Wet and Dry hire both have benefits depending on the given situation. When planning your next project make sure to take all aspects in to account when hiring machinery.

Sit down and think of what you need done – Will it be better to get wet or dry hire?.

 

Sources:
• https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wet-hire-vs-dry-whats-best-general-hire-group/
• https://blog.plantminer.com.au/pros-and-cons-of-wet-and-dry-hire
• https://www.humehire.com.au/wet-hire-dry-hire/

 

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I started working at Leads 2 Business the 7th March this year. I have been working in the Leads to Quotes department where we deal with the contractors on a day to day basis. We help the contractors get the pricing they need for the contracts. The construction industry is an ever evolving industry and I love learning new things every day. Leads 2 Business is an amazing company to work for and is filled with amazing staff.

L2B Blog: Sustainable construction with 3d Modelling

I was asked to write a blog on “sustainable construction with 3D modelling” WHAT?!! How do you even say that? Well lets just say my heart sank and I ran around like a chicken without a head, I had no idea as to how I was going to write this blog or even how to start as I have never written a blog in my life so this was going to be a challenge, but what is a world without challenges and growth? I had another look at the topic and looked at it in a more positive way “Well….. I tried to”.

 

Let’s start with breaking it down:
What is “sustainable construction”?
A frequently used term yet nobody really knows the true meaning. Sustainable construction is the ability to preserve our environment and makes use of cost effective resources. While doing this we need to ensure we do not compromise the ability of our future generations to meet their own needs.

 

Sustainable construction is more than often misjudged by misunderstanding. Yet the very few businesses that do understand the meaning of sustainable construction do their utmost to embrace and preserve the environment by using efficient resources and stable economic growth. This also brings into effect the use of 3D modelling with the sustainable construction which also leads to saving valuable time, money, economic impact and errors found if we did not have. This technology is known as (BIM) Building Information Modelling.
Now you can see that the 3D modelling has come in and you are now thinking… okay, now what is this? Well, let me tell you about 2D then you will understand how 3D modelling works and how far we have come in the construction industry.

So what is 2D modelling?

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When construction was implemented using 2D drawings, 2D drawings were not always as reliable as they would have liked, often they would find errors and faults throughout the building and sometimes only once the structure was complete. This would then cost a lot more to fix, if they could fix it. Take the leaning tower of Pisa, imagine how this building would look if they had 3D modelling back then.

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What is 3D modelling?

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3D drawings are a 3 dimensional drawing that brings your design to life. With today’s technology with BIM and 3D drawings, sustainable construction has taken a big leap forward with regards to building, laying, environment and economic growth. 3D printing/drawing has helped in the construction and development of buildings allowing them to last longer as there are fewer faults in the construction phase. BIM is a program that gathers data and allows you to make a 3D model of your vision.

 

Sources:

https://gbcsaconvention.org.za/?gclid=CjwKCAjwlrnNBRBMEiwApKU4PEnF2wtPu-8P8yiRLuWnQqZ5N21s6y8ydid61ppFm8VT67DutJe5pBoC8nUQAvD_BwE

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I started working at Leads 2 Business the 7th March this year. I have been working in the Leads to Quotes department where we deal with the contractors on a day to day basis. We help the contractors get the pricing they need for the contracts. The construction industry is an ever evolving industry and I love learning new things every day. Leads 2 Business is an amazing company to work for and is filled with amazing staff.