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Constructionproject management systems involve the process of maintainingplanning, coordination and controlling of a specific project duringits development process. Cost, time and quality are an importantaspect of this procedure since they help with meeting client’sneeds and therefore provision of a financially and functionallyviable project (Bikard2015). Performance and customer loyalty is dependent on the type ofservices provided during the construction project management process.One of the well-known companies at the provision of good projects isKiewit. The company offers construction and engineering services toa variety of markets and therefore collecting 2015 revenues for ninebillion dollars (Gordonet al. 2015). The organization is owned by its 22, 000 staff andcraft employees in the sense that its shareholder`s control almostall projects. According to a survey done in 2013, the company was thethird engineering news records producing 400 top contractors. Thissuccess is not out of sheer luck, but the adaptation of somestrategies required in customer’s satisfaction (Binder2016).After a little research on the matter, l found out that themanagement of construction projects is reached at through adaptationof principles of early supply engagement, teamwork, and collaborativeworking within the organization.

Theprinciple of early supply engagement is an important element in theconstruction project. A critical error most designers make is waitingfor too long to seek out a supplier. That is the first step towardprovision of low-quality design. The reason is that outsourcingcompanies will go for less expensive and available production methods(Rosemannet al 2015).Considering such, it is evident that having the process of earlysupply involvement in the initial planning stage will provebeneficial. The different ways through which early supply engagementwill be attained involves:

  1. Product Standardization

Thegoal of coming up with a product is to help ensure that you havedesigned something that can fit various markets without having tomodify its features. The idea involves the existence of a strongcustomer base hence making the manufacturing process less expensive.The goal is not to deter any engineers or designers from displayingtheir creativity but to ensure product availability. That will givethe organization an upper hand in the competitive environmentsregarding service provision. The company’s efforts to coming upwith a design that displays product standardization characteristicsis a critical section of ensuring an early supply engagement process.The reasons reside from the fact that there will be the availabilityof the goods wanted by each and every individual and thereforeleaving the early supply procedure as the only hurdle to go through(Kerzner2015).

  1. Tolerances

Engineersare among the most ambitious people existing today. They can,however, take this to their places of work and come up withunrealistic expectations when it comes to tolerances. The main aim ofthese engineers is to have total control of the projects and whatcomes of it at the moment hence leading to misinformation of themanufacturing process. However, the anticipation of such an eventalways leads to an early supply process. The reason is that thesupplier’s production manager will go through each company’smanufacturing process, and determine how feasible it is. The company,therefore, will have a fast manufacturing process and lower costshence assisting with the early supply. Considering these factor, wecan see why the companies will opt to use tolerances in ensuringearly supply engagement and therefore leading to proper constructionproject management process (Searset al 2015

Secondly,integrated teamwork is the other factor that will help with theprocess of management of construction projects (Torrenteet al. 2012). Team members need to have an understanding since theyshare a common goal of ensuring the construction project is acomplete success. These individuals may have conflicting prioritieswhich will be put to discussion and therefore coming up with the bestsolutions to meeting various goals. The whole process should betimely and quality oriented hence requiring the aspect of teamwork inmeeting these desires. It is, therefore, evident that propercollaboration will help in the process of construction projects indifferent ways such as setting up team goals, responsibilityestablishment, and risk management (Nancarrowet al.2013).

    1. Team Goals

Tohave an effective team, one needs to consider the value of definingthe goals of a particular project. The idea is coming up withpre-construction meetings where team members need to help with comingup of the most effective objectives of the project. Safety measureand steps that will aid in staying on the production budget is theother important aspect that will help team members in staying focusedon the task ahead. The set goals should be specific and measurableand therefore improving the attainability of the construction projectprocess. Coming up with these team goals will help with the processconstruction projects since it improves focus on the set target andbrings about teamwork that will contribute to improving the qualityof results attained.

  1. Responsibilities

Usually,the construction management team has individuals with differentspecialization entrusted to meet the expectations of theorganization. However, teamwork is an ingredient that will bringabout cohesions in the overall results from the project beinghandled. That will be through ensuring that people take theirresponsibilities seriously and prevent overlap of duties. All theseachievements will come from the aspect of teamwork. The process makesit easier for the design engineers when they are carrying out theirresponsibilities of the confirmation of specifications from variousdepartments. All these benefits of designers getting to understandtheir responsibilities comes from the aspect of integrated teamwork(Costaet al. 2015).

Lastly,after setting up a proper plan for construction project building, aqualified team that will work on the project will achieve successthrough collaborative working. Having another organization come tohelp you with your process of service provision is a major factorwhen coming up with a construction project (McKinlayet al. 2013). One needs to identify and address issues of concern soas to ensure the whole process is beneficial and a singleorganization is not gaining much from the other organization. Youwill help make the collaboration work through consideration ofvarious factors that will shield you from incurring some challenges.This consideration will include acknowledging the need for thecollaboration, having clarity on the set aim and commitment involvedin giving resources. There is also importance in developing andmaintaining trust in these various processes. When there is successin the collaboration process, the advantages meet will include:

  1. Sharing of Risks

Sinceboth parties have come together and agreed on helping each otherimprove their current projects, they are both responsible for eachother. That implies in the occurrence of losses the companies willhave to cost share. With that knowledge comes with seriousness inwork being done. Preventive measure on risk incidents are addressedjust as they show up. An example may be assisting the collaborateparty with capital so as to have the products or services flowing andmaintain the profit level of agreement of payment terms.Collaboration, therefore, help in the process of risk sharing andtherefore improving the quality of a construction project that youmay have as an organization.

  1. Cost Sharing

Collaborationmostly takes away some responsibilities from one company. The mainidea is to ensure we have each company specializing to a section theyfeel comfortable with and therefore improve the quality of theservices provided. The process then leads to a more efficient use ofresources to get the best results that can found. The overall benefitis that the company gets to cost share on the construction project.That ensures there is comfort in the production procedure and thecompanies are not falling for anything less than quality services.Chances of duplication will be less and more achievement realizedfrom working together (Hunt2015).

DiagrammaticModel Showing an Integrated Approach to the Management ofConstruction Projects.

Themodel above is a summary of how success will be attained through theprocess of construction project management. It shows the flow ofstrategies that if maintained will ensure a project comes outusefully. It is however not dependent on only the method but also theeffort inflicted in the goal attainment process (Patel et al. 2012).Qualified personnel that are selected with a lot if transparency willbe a major factor in the determination of this achievement. Most ofthe companies that are seen to perform at competitive levels adoptthis strategy or something close to these plans (Montgomeryet al. 2015).

Thesestrategies, however, have some disadvantages depending in on how theyare executed. The point of emphasis on this section is thecollaboration working process. Collaboration working may be involvedwith different difficulties including complex procedure associatedwith the decision-making process. The process requires a lot of timeso that savings can materialize. The point of waiting bring aboutfrustration to those on the queue. Collaboration working can havehard times when the two companies are trying to measure returns oninvestment empirically. In some cases, we may find that each partneris unique and different concerning how they carry around differentconcepts. That, therefore, implies that the process of collaborationwill be regarded to as very challenging. Despite all thesechallenges, the aspect to consider is if collaboration will be morebeneficial to both parties. If the advantages are more than thedisadvantages, it is worth going through the trouble ofcollaboration. The supervision process is a major factor itdetermines the importance and necessity of the process (Belbin 2012).

Inconclusion, it is evident how much input needs to be put in ensuringchallenges are overcome when trying to dealing with constructionprojects. The different strategies that need to be followed involvedengaging suppliers at an early stage, teamwork, and collaboration inthe procedures (Patelet al. 2012). Supplier engagement will include the standardizationprocedures and tolerance to help satisfy the various needs of thecustomers. Teamwork focuses on responsibilities and the differentteam goals that contribute to improving the how there is combinedeffort towards quality provision. Collaboration working is also theother process that will assist the responsible organization sharerisk and cost involved in the goal attainable process.

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