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What goes into a feasibility study for a construction project?
What goes into a feasibility study for a construction project?

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 [...]

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What questions should I ask a construction manager?
What questions should I ask a construction manager?

As the client’s agent or rep, the construction manager oversees the project and works to ensure that it is delivered on schedule, within budget, and as conceptualized—down to the last details. When choosing a construction manager, [...]

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What is procurement in construction management?
What is procurement in construction management?

Simply put, the procurement process is how we go about acquiring the goods and services we need. When we’re shopping for arugula or a pair of jeans, procurement is pretty straightforward. But when we’re looking to [...]

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What is Contract Management in Construction Projects?
What is Contract Management in Construction Projects?

Many people assume that managers of all levels are well-versed in effective contract management techniques. But contract management can actually be a career--there’s even an International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, the IACCM.How would you [...]

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Skill set: How to be a Construction Project Manager
Skill set: How to be a Construction Project Manager

Who knew? According to an article in US News & World Report’s “careers” section, Construction Manager (a.k.a CM, construction project manager or CPM, just for confusion’s sake) ranks #1 on the Best Construction Jobs list. “Working [...]

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What is a Construction Management Plan?
What is a Construction Management Plan?

Any complex building project integrates a vast number of elements; the construction management plan, or CMP, is one of them. You might think of it as a travel plan that charts your path from point A [...]

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Construction best practices and strategies are based on a combination of project management methodologies and industry standards that have been proven to contribute significantly to a project’s success. Successful construction managers are experienced and versatile administrators of best practices and strategies. Because most owners are not aware of the knowledge and skill required to build, best practices include retaining a construction management professional to manage the project.

Effective overall project management methodology must start with defining the scope and objectives of the project, retaining the right project team to articulate those goals, and strategizing the project management processes that will be used to execute and control the project. At every phase, your construction manager’ role is to keep those goals in sight as he manages schedule, costs and quality. It requires skill born of experience to implement the technical practices to keep the project on track. It takes strong, strategic leadership to anticipate and address project challenges. Professional construction managers are schooled in managing complex projects and are essential to keep large projects on time, on budget and at an acceptable risk.