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Transforming Your EPC/General Contractor Operations by Properly Monitoring your Projects’ Progress

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For EPC & General Contractors such as your company, the successful completion of a project is accomplished through proper construction progress monitoring. However, being on top of day-to-day on-site activities and ensuring the delivery of high-quality output to your client on time and within budget can be a challenge to do all at once. It requires not only careful planning, but also detailed monitoring of the progress, and communication and collaboration among all the major stakeholders and team members.

Realizing the importance of a reliable and up-to-date progress monitoring tool in construction

Ensure-efficient-operations-by-standardizing-processesProgress monitoring is a fundamental part of construction project management. It gives an understanding of the development of the project so that corrective actions can be taken when the performance strays significantly from the work plan. It involves regular collection and analysis of updates to track the progress of the project execution against pre-set targets and objectives. It is an important construction management tool that, if used properly, gives constant feedback on the project implementation progress as well as assists in identifying potential successes and limitations in making decisions.

Accurate monitoring of a construction project’s progress is crucial because it supports informed and timely decision-making by the management and provides accountability for achieving results. It is a key part of project cycle management that needs to be established in the project at the planning stage, not some tool that contractors can use mid-project. Moreover, it is to be woven throughout the project to ensure that every deliverable is accounted for and accomplished on time.

The challenges of doing construction progress monitoring manually

Connect-people-processes-and-systems-seamlessly-1Most EPC and general contractors today track project progress manually – by using a spreadsheet (well, maybe some still use a pre-printed sheet of paper) or even a whiteboard for everyone to see at the office. This is an administrative nightmare, to begin with. In addition to the spreadsheet, there is also an exchange of status updates via phone calls and photographs via email or messaging apps (like Viber or WhatsApp) to give stakeholders a better (literal) picture of what has been done and what needs to be addressed. Much worse, this way of progress monitoring and collaboration needs more work in collating all information in one place for everyone to revisit to get up to speed with the latest updates.

Using a Construction Management Software for Progress Monitoring

Let’s look at an alternative scenario where your team used a digital and connected tool for progress updating, communication, and collaboration.

Fit-Out-Contractors-1In this scenario, all the stakeholders of your project (project architects, site managers/supervisors, workers, and even the developer or client) all use a digital progress monitoring tool. The work plan is laid out on a Gantt chart where milestones are specified and updated by the responsible teams in real-time when the job has been accomplished. This means that the inspection and snagging, if needed, can be done progressively and not just towards the end of the project, making the operations more time-efficient and productive. As a milestone is cleared, the inspectors can be notified to check and create snag list items accordingly. This creates tasks and notifies the concerned teams to address the issue almost immediately, and it’s done properly because the defects or inconsistencies noted in the digital snag list are well-documented.

With a construction management software like Steer, crucial construction elements such as work schedules, materials, inspection, snagging, and de-snagging activities are streamlined, well-documented, and can be tracked in real-time via a web or mobile app. This makes it easier for EPC/General Contractors to evaluate efficiency in performance and cash flow.

Reaping the benefits of a connected construction

Effective progress monitoring is a key part of project cycle management that needs to be established in every construction company. This can help in executing the work packages or modules to plan construction activities – from putting design information into a single platform accessible anytime by all stakeholders, easily identifying items to be done by geolocation, monitoring multiple construction sites remotely, tracking personnel whereabouts and location, creating live markups on designs, to the seamless transfer of as-built information, having a construction management software such as Steer creates an ever-connected EPC/General Contractor company that delivers high-quality projects on time.


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