What should be considered in a proper project site due diligence?

In the Pre-Design phase of the project there may be a need for additional due diligence studies to ensure that the project is feasible. One of the first due diligence studies could be a Property Condition Assessment (PCA). The standard format of PCA is detailed in ASTM E2018. As an Owner’s Representative when asked to…

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Why you need good Project Procedures?

Good project procedures are critical for a well-run project. They help everyone on a project know the ground rules and processes needed to successfully work together as a team. It is critical that Owner’s Representatives take the lead in pulling a Procedure Manual together and detailing those processes to everyone on the project. A good…

March 28, 2019 | by

Why you need (and what should be included in) a Project Management Plan

The Project Management Plan is the heart and soul of how the Owner’s Project Team will run the project. This plan outlines key visions of the leader of the Owner’s Representative Team on how the project should be run. Not having a plan will cause starts and stops in a project as the collective team…

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What is the proper organization for your Project?

Logically, the proper project organization will depend upon the size and complexity of the project. One thing, however, that will never change is the need for there to be one key leader for the Owner on the project. We noted last week that one of the key findings of research into failed projects is, “Leadership…

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If All Else Fails – Communicate Effectively!

Many projects often bring to mind the famous line from Cool Hand Luke – “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” One of the definitions of communication from Merriam Webster Dictionary is “a technique for expressing ideas effectively.” On today’s projects, everyone on the project seems to be communicating, whether that be talking,…

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Why Early Clarification of the Owner’s Objectives is CRITICAL

As an Owner’s Representative one of the MOST CRITICAL tasks you must do is to ensure that the Owner’s Objectives are clear. Having testified in court on construction management issues, I have learned one of the most difficult things to overcome is an Owner who believes they bought “X” and received “Y” due to the…

June 4, 2018 | by

Why have a Master Schedule?

In parallel with the development of the budget is the development of the Master Project Schedule. This schedule will outline the goals of the Owner for the project with respect to time. The Owner’s representative should develop various alternative approaches for phasing, sequencing, management and implementation of the project from due diligence through commissioning. This…

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What should be considered in a proper project site due diligence?

In the Pre-Design phase of the project, there may be a need for additional due diligence studies to ensure that the project is feasible. One of the first due diligence studies could be a Property Condition Assessment (PCA). The standard format of PCA is detailed in ASTM E2018. When asked to assess a property as…

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