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What is Construction Management?
What is Construction Management?

Professional construction project management is a super fine-tuned system designed to facilitate planning, coordination and control of a project from the early stages all the way to project closeout and completion. Qualified construction managers use specialized [...]

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Identifying Risks and Exposures on Construction Projects
Identifying Risks and Exposures on Construction Projects

Construction can be precarious. Budget-busting design omissions, unforeseen conditions and everything in between can affect a project’s bottom line; for this reason, construction project risk management is one of the most vital functions of cost estimation. Risk [...]

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Top 10 Benefits of Professional Construction Management
Top 10 Benefits of Professional Construction Management

Thе bеnеfitѕ of professional соnѕtruсtiоn mаnаgеment include highly skilled рrосеѕѕes that fасilitаtе рlаnning, сооrdinаtiоn аnd соntrоl оf а рrоjесt frоm inсерtiоn tо соmрlеtiоn. A professional construction manager will bаlаnсе thе соmреting nееdѕ оf соѕt, ѕсоре аnd [...]

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Construction Management for Estate Projects
Construction Management for Estate Projects

The most important task in a high-end estate project is to assemble the right professional team at the outset. A principal may or may not already have an Architect, Interior Designer or Contractor with whom they [...]

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5 Construction Project Manager Duties you Should Never Assume as the Owner
5 Construction Project Manager Duties you Should Never Assume as the Owner

Are you an owner-builder? Are you thinking about managing your own construction project? In this post, we will try to talk you out of assuming 5 crucial responsibilities that only a skilled project manager should perform. [...]

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Why Project Owners Need a Construction Document Control Manager
Why Project Owners Need a Construction Document Control Manager

Effective document management is of vital importance during a construction project. If you are a property owner about to embark on a building project, you should start thinking about developing a system to manage the documents. [...]

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Just like with any project management plan, the construction project process consists of a series of predetermined phases that begin with project initiation and end with closure: completion and delivery. Often, the first concrete steps of a construction project will be to choose a construction management firm and conduct a feasibility report or study. This study, one of the critical stages of the construction project management process, belongs to the planning phase. In some systems, the planning phase is considered to belong to the stage called preconstruction. The importance of this first phase can’t be overstated—excellent planning will make a project; faulty or substandard planning will break it.


What does a feasibility study look at?

Perched at the top of a construction project management process flow chart sits the feasibility study which will culminate in a feasibility report. This introductory analysis takes the spark—the initial idea—and compares it with reality. Without having the details and green light that the report provides, moving forward could be a perilous step—kind of like buying a ticket to an exotic destination without checking the political situation, weather forecast or health alerts. You might have the vacation of a lifetime, or you might be headed for disaster.

One commonly used acronym for this project management step in construction as well as in other fields (especially IT), is TELOS: Technology, Economic viability, Legal considerations, Operational feasibility and Schedule.

In terms of construction planning, further feasibility concerns will be aesthetic, environmental and cultural. Green though a yurt may be, how would the neighbors feel about having one officiating on the lawn next door?

Practically speaking, if this is a new construction project (rather than restoration), an engineering firm will carry out a land assessment that compares three elements: the client’s vision and needs; zoning/government ordinances; and the results of the topographic survey or site appraisal. This latter determines access, grade, soil, waste management options, resource availability, easements and restrictive covenants. Other factors for consideration might include planning permissions, infrastructure changes (including improvements: lightning-fast internet, improved water treatment, etc.), and the proposed yurt park or peacock farm next door. If there are no major obstacles in sight, the architects can set to designing early plan drawings. These will be used to give a ballpark estimate of project cost.

A detailed feasibility study can take time in accordance with the size of the project. It will let the team know if the project is viable, needs to be adjusted or is unlikely to succeed. If the stars align, and the general consensus is that the project is workable and wonderful, it will be time to move on to the next construction project planning step, preconstruction.