Broken Projects, Busted Budgets and Late Schedules – What is an Owner to do?

Research has shown that over the past 40 years manufacturing productivity has almost doubled while productivity in the construction industry has remained level (McKinsey Study). Statistics in the industry have indicated that a majority of projects exceed the originally planned costs and are delivered late. The key player in the development and construction equation that…

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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 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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