Category Archives: Construction Management

Cost Management Solutions (1)

There are two concepts which are central to change management and contracts management on projects: Cost Attribution and Cost Segregation.  These concepts relate to a systemic thinking of costs and promote a proactive approach to the treatment of costs including … Continue reading

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Construction Management Alignment Issues (Part 1 of 4)

Over the past forty years, the construction industry has witnessed the evolution of the construction management (CM) delivery methodology.   Today, when we speak generically about CMs, we usually refer to CM-At Risk, which is different that CM-As Agent.  The latter … Continue reading

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Common Cost Control Problems on Construction Projects

Here is a list of common cost control problems found on construction projects: Improper estimates, standards and budgeting techniques. Unrealistic budgets. Activities started or completed out of sequence. Inadequate WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) or insufficient WBS detail. Lack of management … Continue reading

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The “Silo” Effect in Large Project-Based Organizations

Delivering large and complex projects in accordance with contract requirements while meeting client expectations is difficult enough.  There is an added burden within large organizations that have not fully integrated project management into their fabric.  These organizations, particularly government agencies, … Continue reading

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NYC Construction Safety Update > Certified Site Safety

The issue of standpipe provision and maintenance on construction projects is a serious one, and one which has generated much interest during recent years by the NYC Department of Buildings, NYC FDNY and the construction industry. Continue reading

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PLG Subcontracting Observation #1 > Cash Flow

One of the biggest challenges for subcontractors is CASH FLOW management.  You can make an accounting profit and still get wiped out.  This can happen in any economic climate, but is a particularly acute problem in a down market when … Continue reading

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The Role of The Owners Rep. Expands

http://newyork.construction.com/opinions/2011/0725-AsStaffsShrinktheRoleOftheOwnersRepGrows.asp With the Poor economy forcing owners to make tough decisions about layoffs and budget cuts, one position they should not consider eliminating is the owner’s representative. That is because this job has become a vital tool in helping the … Continue reading

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B.I.M. Who Picks Up The Tab? By Michael Avramides, A.I.A

BIM: WHO PICKS UP THE TAB? Michael Avramides, A. I . A. 1. 2011 Three colleagues walk into a bar: an Owner, a Contractor and an Architect. The Owner orders something quick and practical as time is of the essence.  … Continue reading

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LDs vs. Incentives on Projects

I have a nagging question which I cannot answer.  Why do some Owners (including Government institutions) insist on including LDs (liquidated damages) in contracts?  Based on my experience and on informal surveys I have taken, LDs, in general, DO NOT … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gate Reviews in Design and Pre-Construction

Gate reviews are essential to well-managed planning and pre-construction phases of a construction project.  The concept is simple in its execution and elegant in its simplicity.  I caution industry professionals that simplicity does not mean that they should let their … Continue reading

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