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Topic : Construction Project Management
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Started by : Samir Shah, Construction-Heavy, DLF   11 18 2008 13:29:37 +0000
Industry : ConstructionFunctional Area : Strategy Execution(Strategy & Execution)
Activity:  261 views;  last activity : 04 16 2012 02:20:03 +0000

Large construction projects are inherently complex and dynamic which involves identifying and conveying clients, actual needs and requirements accurately to the project team. The briefing process is critical to the successful delivery of a construction project and there are many limitations inhibiting its effectiveness, frequency and severity of project delay factors that affect the construction.  What are factors involved in construction or construction project and how to manage such projects successfully......

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1 5-M Factors
2 Scant respect to planning
3 Cash flow
4 Productivity
5 Clients interference & procedural delay
6 Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills...!!!
7 Construction Duration
8 Stake Holders
9 External Factor
10 Why the project fails ...
11 Many Factors affect

5-M Factors

idea posted by ER. PRASENJIT ROY Manager-Planning

Broadly and in simplified way , the basic reason of failure and the success of any project depend on 5nos. M-factors, which are as follows:-

 1.        Money

2.        Material

3.        Manpower

4.        Machinery and lastly,

5.        Management

 All the above 5 factors are co related, lake of any single factor the project can not be success.

Planning, Scheduling, Budgeting, Coordination, mismanagement etc. comes mainly under the heading of Management. So, whenever anybody thinks about the Failure/success of any project, we will ultimately get these 5 heads not anything else.

by sunjeev sharma, Sr Manager/ Head of Operations, Turtle Construction Management India Pvt Ltd  | 10 06 2010 09:50:23 +0000

these are the only governing factors on a project.what left else!!

by SHRIKANT MANOHAR DANKE, Zonal Manager / Sr. Project Manager ( Civil Engineering), Kumar Properties  | 10 05 2010 11:26:56 +0000

Yes, I support 5 - M. If any one of these is not managed properly then there may be chance of failure or delay for the project.

by sushil bansal, Construction - Consultant Construction Management, C P Kukreja Associates  | 09 13 2009 11:20:53 +0000

I think these elements play most valuable role in guiding a project and reflects the project in every direction. 

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Scant respect to planning

idea posted by Mohammad Bakhsh Consultant(Civil), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited

Fixing the  period of gestation for a project is a very critical decision.The planning parts lacks the spirit. The project is slated to be completed without brain storming and resolving the issues of critical activities.

by deepak kumar lamba, Construction-Construction Management, Project Monitoring, ISOLUX  | 12 08 2010 09:40:57 +0000

i would like to focus on the planning role of the client specially from the govt sector, as they lack in foreseeing the likely activities which are going to play an important role in initiating a project. what i believe is that the client should initiate pre-construction activities well in advance of the actual start of construction activities, as there are no hiccups during the execution of the project, because all the pre-construction activities require liasioning with every govt department, specially in indian framework.

by Vivek Singh, Project Manager, L&T  | 10 05 2010 03:23:56 +0000

While agreeing with you in totality I would like to add a point and also like to see another aspect of planning.

1. Planning department in construction projects sometimes gets more monitoring oriented. This takes away planners' focus from detailed and practical planning. The difference should be understood and involvement of the most experienced construction managers is required even if they do not know Promavera or MSP.

2. Sometimes planners are expected to give birth to quadruplets so as to get more productivity in the same 9 months. The reasons of this 'crashing' may be many and mathematical planning may also be possible. But the at least 2 of the 3 primary project objectives (Scope, Time, Cost)get affected.

Hence, the project fails.

by Mohammad Bakhsh, Consultant(Civil), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited  | 03 02 2010 10:35:10 +0000

The target for completion is decided based on all factors enumerated by the contributors.The essential part of planning is ,points of references,site selections,appropriate selection of agencies for outsourcing,allocation of funds.Once this part is finalized,then individual activities are to be marked for duration or period of completion.The seasoned planners will resolve the critical activities where duration is estimated more comparing other activities.Taken together,the schedule of completion of each activity projected and all activities are drawn to closure or meeting point which is the date of completion.In my opinion,10% of the time should be devoted in forecasting the project completion.This 10% of time should be set off against the unforeseen circumstances.Hence the project should be opened for physical action after due process of planning.

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Cash flow

idea posted by Shaju George Facilities/Construction Manager, IBS Software Services (P) Ltd

Being the most important aspect of construction project, cash flow is very important. It should be planned properly by analysing the project life cycle.

by Vivek Singh, Project Manager, L&T  | 10 05 2010 03:36:24 +0000

Yes for some companies it is very important. Also for mega projects it is very important.

There can be 2 very obvious ways of maintaing it at cheap cost. First be tight on your billing and control 'claimed v/s paid'. At the same time try to get more and more advances (interest free) from client (though it may have limitations). Secondly make sure that untill and unless you really want to quit from the contract, keep the work moving. Whatsoever be the reason don't stop working to the extent possible. Especially in projects involving use of heavy machineries.

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idea posted by Shravan Kumar Construction-Heavy, Sobha Developers
I feel that construction productivity another factor , it has been the subject of inquiry by many researchers. In order to improve productivity, a study of the factors affecting it, whether positively or negatively, is necessary. Making use of those factors that positively affect productivity and eliminating (or controlling) factors that have a negative effect, will ultimately improve productivity.
by Dhanaraman , Project Manager, CRN  | 04 05 2009 12:29:31 +0000

Making use of those factors that positively affect productivity and eliminating (or controlling) factors that have a negative effect, will ultimately improve productivity.

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Clients interference & procedural delay

idea posted by KALIYAMOORTHY PHSEM, CTCI Corporation

Whatsoever manner, the project is skillfully mobilized with 5M, the delay due to Client interference can not be ruled out. There are projects where every stage/ step is to be approved by the Client for initiation / conformity. These procedural delay can not be set aside. For example approval of key personnel, their training in their facility, inspection & approval methods etc, construction site approval,etc.

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Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills...!!!

idea posted by M NITIN SHENOY, PMP, IPMA-D, CEng MICE Manager

Construction projects are all made up of negotiations at various stages of project cycle.

When we talk of negotiation its all about, getting more from less, which is the mantra for present generation. And hence effect of any negotiaiton process can lead to conflicts.

Hence conflict management and negotiations go hand in hand in affecting the success of any construction projects.

If you master NEgotiaition and Conflict Management skills you control the Project.

by sunjeev sharma, Sr Manager/ Head of Operations, Turtle Construction Management India Pvt Ltd  | 07 21 2009 14:34:10 +0000

I do not agree with your approach and attitude! Who said Negotiation  is meant for "extracting more from less". I donot see any buisiness without negotiation and that doesn't create Conflict. Here is the experience/skill comes in light.One has to assertain wheather the negotiation is on right point/item and ensures it's compatitive feasibility on the ground. Otherwise antbody can makes falls commitments and seriousely damage your project and buisiness too.

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Construction Duration

idea posted by Samir Shah Construction-Heavy, DLF
I could say basic factor is actual duration of  different works construction projects often differs, To reduce this duration automatically generated construction schedules may help to quickly produce more accurate estimates of construction duration. Such schedules will require improved activity duration estimates before the start of construction. Recent research has used flexible critical path method (CPM) schedules contained in an artificial intelligence (AI) based programming environment to create or update construction schedules.
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Stake Holders

idea posted by Rajdeep Das Construction-Heavy, Sobha Developers
I think its stakeholders, they should have early, regular and extensive involvement in the construction project process. Stakeholders needed to “buy-in” to the success of the project and be committed to it and the project team needed positive and ongoing contact with stakeholders.
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External Factor

idea posted by Venkatesh M Warehouse Manager, Larsen and Toubro
I think its external factor, External factor are those influences outside the control of the construction project team that can influence project success. Here, respondents identified a stable political environment, stable industrial environment, and a balanced economic climate as being important in that they provide a suitable environment in which the project can be implemented and succeed.
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Why the project fails ...

idea posted by piyush shingala Project Manager, Ivrcl Infrastructures
Lack of belongingness in Project Manager
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Many Factors affect

idea posted by B.Mehernath Marketing & Technical Head, Bondit Construction Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.

Time management, workmanship, quality and management of raw materials and yes the cash flow at the site. Apart from this viability of the project. If all these things are considered before hand I think there should not be a problem or question of failure.

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