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Ten Rules for Construction Project Managers

23Are you a project manager or going to manage your projects?

These ten rules will help improve your construction projects. Are these ten rules the top ten? It is up to your decide, but not take too long. Share these rules with your team. Your team members are sure to help you carry them out.

1. Adopt practices for exploring a variety of perspectives.
We think we see what we see, but we don’t. We really see what we think. Remember the blind men and the elephant. Make it your habit to inquire what others see. You’ll see more together.

2. Stay close to your customer.
Clients’ concerns evolve over the life of a project. Take advantage of that to over-deliver. Stay in a conversation with your client to adjust what you are doing.

3. Take care of your project team.
We’ve come to accept that the customer comes first the customer is always right. We can’t take care of the customer if we first aren’t taking care of our project team. It’s a challenge. While there are some things we can do for the whole team, it comes down to taking care of each team member as the individual that he or she is. And to make it more difficult, then we must bring their various interests into coherence.

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May 29, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | 1 Comment

Types of Construction Contracts


What is a Construction Contract? A construction contract is a document text for building an asset or a combination of assets which  related or interdependent in terms of design, technology, function or purpose  basic useing. There are 7 basic types of construction contract : Lump Sum Contract, Unit Price Contract,  Cost Plus Fixed Percentage Contract, Cost Plus Fixed Fee Contract, Cost Plus Variable Percentage Contract,  Target Estimate Contract, Guaranteed Maximum Cost Contract. What are they different ?

Lump Sum Contract

In a lump sum contract, the owner has essentially assigned all the risk to the contractor, who in turn can be expected to ask for a higher markup in order to take care of unforeseen contingencies. Beside the fixed lump sum price, other commitments are often made by the contractor in the form of submittals such as a specific schedule, the management reporting system or a quality control program. If the actual cost of the project is underestimated, the underestimated cost will reduce the contractor’s profit by that amount. An overestimate has an opposite effect, but may reduce the chance of being a low bidder for the project.

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May 29, 2012 Posted by | Cost Management | | Leave a comment

Reducing Your Cost of Quality


How high is your cost of quality? The answer might surprise you. Yes, it includes reviews, the QA infrastructure, and preparing tests, those are your ‘Appraisal Costs’. But how high are your ‘Failure Costs’ the cost of defects?

Your engineers spend time in diagnosis and rework, development schedules slip, support costs climb, and your company’s and products’ reputations sink. These failure costs, which are the more significant cost of quality, are beyond your direct control. But you can gain control over them indirectly, by investing in appraisal costs that minimise failure costs, reducing your total cost of quality and making it more predictable.

Cost of Quality: Appraisal vs. Failure Costs

The cost of quality is a significant cost on any project, so prudent managers look for ways to keep those costs in check. The quality costs we can control are things like performing reviews, preparing tests, and maintaining our QA infrastructure; appraisal costs. But there are also the quality costs we cannot control.

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May 26, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | Leave a comment

Indochina Plaza in Hanoi City, VietNam

Indochina Plaza Hanoi is the commercial complex and apartments which is built in the area of 16.619m2 at 239 Xuan Thuy Str., Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi, on the road linking the central districts to My Dinh area and main roads leading to Noi Bai international airport.

 With modern architecture, louvers preventing direct anti-sunlight harmoniously designed to heat- protecting and reduce power consumption. 2- layer glass windows, ensuring security without affecting vision.

 Indochina Land has launched a product that people here may enjoy the true value of life.

 The combination includes a 11-storey office tower, two apartment towers: 31 and 35 floors, is connected by a modern shopping center at 5 floors.

 The two apartment towers with a total construction area of 60.208m2 including 390 luxury apartments under overlasting owning. The apartments have area from  93m2 to over 200m2 and 6 especially luxurious pent-houses with private swimming pool.

 An 11-storey Grade A office Area of Indochina Plaza Hanoi has a total floor area of about 17.889m2 and is equipped with 4 high speed elevators. Each floor of the office has a total area of 1.635m2 with a service area in the center.

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May 26, 2012 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Construction Planning in Construction Project !


The development of a construction plan is very much analogous to the development of a good facility design. The planner must weigh the costs and reliability of different options while at the same time insuring technical feasibility. Construction planning is more difficult in some ways since the building process is dynamic as the site and the physical facility change over time as construction proceeds. On the other hand, construction operations tend to be fairly standard from one project to another, whereas structural or foundation details might differ considerably from one facility to another.

Forming a good construction plan is an exceptionally challenging problem. There are numerous possible plans available for any given project. While past experience is a good guide to construction planning, each project is likely to have special problems or opportunities that may require considerable ingenuity and creativity to overcome or exploit. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to provide direct guidance concerning general procedures or strategies to form good plans in all circumstances. There are some recommendations or issues that can be addressed to describe the characteristics of good plans, but this does not necessarily tell a planner how to discover a good plan. However, as in the design process, strategies of decomposition in which planning is divided into subproblems and hierarchical planning in which general activities are repeatably subdivided into more specific tasks can be readily adopted in many cases.

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May 26, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | Leave a comment

The Role of the Project Manager


A project manager is that the one who has the responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. the duty title is employed in construction, petrochemical, design, data technology and lots of totally different industries that manufacture merchandise and services.
The project manager should have a mix of skills as well as a capability to raise penetrating queries, detect unstated assumptions and resolve conflicts, also as additional general management skills.
Key among his or her duties is that the recognition that risk directly impacts the chance of success which this risk should be each formally and informally measured throughout the lifetime of the project.
Risks arise from uncertainty, and also the successful project manager is that the one who focuses on this because the main concern. Most of the problems that impact a project arise in one-way or another from risk. a decent project manager will reduce risk considerably, usually by adhering to a policy of open communication, making certain each important participant has a chance to precise opinions and considerations.

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | Leave a comment

Top Ten Qualities of a Project Manager


What qualities are most vital for a project manager to be effective? Over the past few years, the folks at ESI International, world leaders in Project Management coaching, have looked in to what makes a good project manager. With the distinctive chance to raise a number of the foremost proficient project leaders within the world on their Project Leadership courses ESI have managed to gather a running tally on their responses.

Below are the highest ten Qualities of a project manager in rank order in line with frequency listed.

Inspires a Shared Vision

An effective project manager is commonly described as having a vision of where to travel and also the ability to articulate it. Visionaries thrive on modification and having the ability to draw new boundaries. it absolutely was once said that a pacesetter is somebody who “lifts us up, offers us a reason for being and provides the vision and spirit to vary.” Visionary leaders enable folks to feel they need a true stake within the project. They empower folks to expertise the vision on their own. in line with Bennis “They provide folks opportunities to make their own vision, to explore what the vision can mean to their jobs and lives, and to see their future as a part of the vision for the organisation.” (Bennis, 1997)

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | 3 Comments

Risks in Construction Projects


The environmental protection movement has contributed to the uncertainty for construction because of the inability to know what will be required and how long it will take to obtain approval from the regulatory agencies. The requirements of continued re-evaluation of problems and the lack of definitive criteria which are practical have also resulted in added costs. Public safety regulations have similar effects, which have been most noticeable in the energy field involving nuclear power plants and coal mining. The situation has created constantly shifting guidelines for engineers, constructors and owners as projects move through the stages of planning to construction. These moving targets add a significant new dimension of uncertainty which can make it virtually impossible to schedule and complete work at budgeted cost. Economic conditions of the past decade have further reinforced the climate of uncertainty with high inflation and interest rates. The deregulation of financial institutions has also generated unanticipated problems related to the financing of construction.

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Risk Management | Leave a comment

Foundations for Risk Management


The Foundations for Risk Management presented herein will be the basis for the tools and other content that the Risk Management Program committee will deliver at the upcoming convocation. These Foundations were developed by engineers in private practice to help engineering firms focus their practice on avoiding and minimizing risk.
The first five Foundations deal with the process of the engineering business and the last five deal with project management.

1. Culture

Create a culture of managing risk and preventing claims
Creating a culture of risk management and claims prevention entails instilling in your company an overriding vision that stresses quality control and managing risk as a vital part of your business practice.
This vision must become a core value of the firm and come from the top down. Stress the importance of risk management as often as possible among the staff, as well as the consequences of ignoring it. Creating this culture requires both strategic and operational planning. It should involve all levels of the staff and even involve clients. Quality must take precedence over profits. When quality is established, profits tend to follow.

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Risk Management | Leave a comment

Project Risks and How to Identify Them

All projects are different and the best way of identifying potential risks within a complex project is to call on the experience of past projects within the same field. Even within different industries there are many areas of potential risks that can be the same or similar.

The first approach is to take a broad overview of the different areas of the project:

  • Scope
  • Equipment
  • Technology
  • Existing Data
  • People
  • Timescale
  • Budget


Then take each section and break it down into finer detail. A brainstorming session with a small group of team members representing different parts of the departments and groups involved can be helpful. This does not have to be a time-consuming task, but is critical to the successful management of a project.

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May 11, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | Leave a comment