The construction site preparation process is the first function that must be executed.
A clear and properly prepared site that is “user-friendly” will avert unnecessary pitfalls, i.e. hinder building permits and damage the overall project.
“I want everybody to run at the same speed as me. But some people are more conscientious, they think more and they plan more. And they’re more careful” – Eddie Huang
Conscientious: wishing to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly. Probably a word not used much, but in construction a word worth remembering.
Preparing a construction site is a challenging task, with the right ingredients and following a step by step instruction method, you will be sure that your project functions flow smoothly.
For a flop proof construction site recipe it is important that you remember the basics:
- The site should be in a cleared and graded condition.
- A surveyor must survey the site and line out exactly where the structure or road project is to be built. The function of the surveyor is to locate the boundaries of the structure to be built and is denoted with physical markers, usually a lathe, pin, or survey stake in a horizontal position.
- The composition of the soil must be known so as to examine the ability to withstand the structure and to test the ability to absorb water.
Depending on the size of the site it is important to take all these factors into consideration to have a successful recipe. Just as a driver may encounter road construction or new routes to the final destination, the project manager may need to correct the project course as well.
Useful Tip: When the temperature of freshly mixed concrete approaches approximately (77 degrees F) adverse site conditions can impact the quality of concrete.
1 Touch of great weather
1 Cross section of ground freezing
Mixed deposits of prepared ground for stabilization
A set of Baseline plans
x-inches-to-the-foot (x”=1′-0″) schedules of accurate drawings
2 buckets project sponsor
Bowl of Project team craftsmen
2 scoops Construction Software to plan funds
A well-Informed staffing plan schedule
A crew of workers
A good handful of Communication
A dab of well-oiled processes
A set of tools
4 reliable suppliers
A touch of great weather is required to make sure operations can be conducted. Pair 1 cross-section of ground freezing with Mixed deposits of prepared ground for stabilization.
Draw up a set of Baseline plans to provide guidance in all stages of the project. Carefully integrate/plan x-inches-to-the-foot (x”=1′-0″) schedules of accurate drawings into/on the construction site to ensure the quality and accuracy of construction during a build.
Most importantly mix in 2 buckets of project sponsors ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the project with a bowl of Project team craftsmen.
Add 1 pinch of the right kind of employees right at the end of the recipe to make sure each task is done with the utmost professionalism.
One of the most important ingredients to make the whole project run smoothly between processes is adding 2 scoops of Construction Software to plan funds correctly. This ensures the layers of your process bind together and the project manager can see all the sides of the cake evenly.
In a cement mixer, first, mix the staffing plan schedule with a well-Informed crew of workers. Some of the construction activities require the availability of a skilled person to execute the work correctly. It is not necessary to employ such a person throughout the project, so proper planning of such work reduces the cost of operation for that activity.
Slowly introduce a dab of well-oiled processes to make sure all the moving pieces are assembled correctly.
Add 1 scoop of tools allocated at the right reference points and markers needed. Make sure this is done thoroughly so the process is not thwarted by waiting for equipment.
Finally, add suppliers to give the mixture a smooth consistency. A reliable supplier is like having your swiss army knife handy at the right moment. Firstly because it always delivers and secondly because you know its quality.
Sprinkle liberally with a good handful of communication. Need I say more!?
Add it all in the mix, wait for approximately 7 months and enjoy your well-earned success with an espresso.
Weather conditions: severely affect all rigging operations. Weather conditions affect the stability, design, and performance of the structure. To stabilize the ground there are certain techniques that should be used.
Ground freezing: a process of converting pore water or pores into ice by continuously refrigerating the soil. This is usually done to provide structural underpinning, temporary support and prevent groundwater flow into the site area. When the water-bearing strata is frizzed, the water transforms into ice which becomes a seal against the water and strengthens the soil.
Ground Improvement Techniques: The ground can be improved by adapting certain ground improvement techniques to remove pore water or increase the density of the soil.
Baselines plans: the performance of the entire project is measured against these. Used to determine whether or not the project is on track, during the execution of the project. Include the scope, schedule, and cost baselines.
Accurate Drawings: In order to minimize discrepancies during construction, it is critical to have an accurate and detailed set of drawings and specifications.
Project sponsor: owns and funds the entire project. Sponsors need to review and approve all aspects of the plan.
Project team: The team needs to participate in the development of many aspects of the plan, such as identifying risks, quality, and design issues, but the team does not usually approve it.
Construction Software: Construction software is the collection of programs, processes and information used to perform various tasks within the building or assembling of a structure or infrastructure as a means of increasing productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness, i.e SAP: resource planning software and Procurementexpress.com: for on-site purchases
Staffing Plan: The staffing plan is a chart that shows the time periods, usually month, quarter, year, that each resource will come onto and leave the project
A Crew of workers: A crew is an organized group of workers. A crew might keep a ship sailing smoothly or pave a road smoothly. Either way, crew implies cooperation among workers.
Communication: A two-way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas, and feelings but also create and share meaning. In business, it is a key function of management–an organization cannot operate without communication between levels, departments, and employees.
Well-oiled processes: The typical construction project has so many moving pieces being assembled in unique ways and in different locations each time that no two projects are exactly the same. It means looking at these operations a bit like a manufacturer would—managing repeatable processes and defined workflows.
Reliable Suppliers: Reliability is simply defined as the ability of a company to consistently supply an acceptable product at the required time. Quality—A quality product must be consistently delivered that satisfies the customer’s needs.
Set the course for your project. May the board be with you.
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