Does Your Construction Project Have to Go Over Budget? We Say No

Does Your Construction Project Have to Go Over Budget? We Say No

Too often in the construction industry, those involved just assume that every project will go over budget. This does not make it easier for them to accept when it happens, but it does give them a cynical view of anything the project manager tells them. The same is true of timing – not all projects must go over their allotment.

The good news is that this simply is not true. There are many ways that a person can work to ensure that their construction project moves forward as planned. For example, the JDIO software from ECL Software makes it easy for everyone on a project to collaborate seamlessly – which assures that a project is more likely to move forward as planned.

Everyone is on the same page

When you are working to change attitudes about construction projects being funded and completed on time, one of the most important things to remember is that everyone is on the same page. Everyone from the future owner of a new construction project to the developer and beyond wants the project to be completed on time and on budget. It is easy to feel as though everyone is fighting against each other when inevitably they are all working toward the same end game.

This is particularly important to remember and manage when competing and conflicting interests seem to have issues with one another. For example, the architect may find the construction manager to be too hands-on, a subcontractor may find an owner too involved, and anyone who seems to drop the ball can become the pariah of the project. This is when things can get messy and, in a worst-case scenario, result in litigation. The best way to avoid these situations is to have everyone work together.

Technology is the simple answer to scheduling issues

The truth of the matter is that a large construction project is hard to manage – unless you have the right tools. In this case, technology is that right tool. Even those in this industry who do not want to share their CPM schedules will become converts when they see how accurate they can be.

Due to the latest technology and software from ECL Software, those involved in a project can share information in real time with 100% accuracy. This should lead to better cooperation and optimal input from everyone involved. For those who do not seem interested in making the jump, simply showing them the accuracy can be a big selling point.

When it comes to going over budget, it is too often the result of poor communication. For example, if one aspect of a job must slightly adjust their budget due to unforeseen costs, but others involved are not immediately aware, costs all around can rise. On the other hand, when you turn to ECL Software for help with your communication, everyone will know instantly where the project is hurting and how it can be helped.