We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.
One of the most significant issues that construction contractors deal with in a civil works project is material management. Most importantly, materials management has a knock-on effect on a project's timeline, the overall cost and the quality of output. As a construction contractor, it is vital to familiarise yourself with material management challenges, but this can be a problem if you are inexperienced. However, your inexperience should not be a problem because this article highlights the most common material management challenges and tips for handling them.
Mid-Project Bid Procurement
Any experienced construction contractor will tell you that the scope of a construction project changes as the undertaking progresses. For example, it affects the bidding process; therefore, construction contractors must be careful with the procurement procedure. For example, a project owner might want to change the quality of materials initially agreed upon without affecting the budget. It becomes a problem especially if the bidding process is complete and procurement is underway. For example, an electrical contractor will not lower their bid price to accommodate any changes especially if the request comes in late. Therefore, in light of any changes to the civil works, it is vital for construction contractors to work closely with specialty contractors to determine if any accommodations can be made. It will help to avoid misunderstandings in material procurement.
Timely Material Purchasing
When purchasing construction materials, timing is of utmost importance. Therefore, construction contractors prefer to liaise directly with manufacturers to haggle over quality and costs. However, since some of the materials have to be tailored for a specific project, manufacturers need enough time to put everything together. If you wait too long to order for materials, then delays are inevitable. Therefore, ensure that you work out a schedule of when you want materials to arrive, then use the information to make timely orders. It will ensure that you purchase inputs on time for timely delivery of the materials.
Keeping track of materials at a work site is also another challenge that inexperienced construction contractors face in a civil works project. It is especially the case if there are too many people handling storage and tracking. In such a case, a simple miscommunication can lead to materials hold up or reordering. If you are dealing with a large project, ensure that you have an electronic tracking system because it will help to organise all materials coming in and going out of the site.