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How to turn your construction planning into project control, with ease

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The developments in infrastructure has begun to bring about a major change in the way people perceive the 'built environment'. It isn't just seen as a means to attain an end anymore. Instead, it is viewed as the foundation upon which the ideals of socio-economic growth rest. This is why it comes as no surprise that the expenditure incurred worldwide in the construction industry has gradually increased from $9.5 trillion in 2014 to $11.4 trillion in 2019!

The creation of fixed assets is not a standalone task. It requires developers to avail the services of different stakeholders who can seamlessly function across sectors as varied as engineering, design, finance, and operations. Although these stakeholders are intricately involved in every aspect of construction project management, one of the important aspects of their job is to determine the construction project timeline. All stakeholders wants to know when it will be complete, and the contractor must ensure that it can and is completed on time.

The project's timeline is determined by the identification of the scope of works, scheduled out in a logical sequential process. This process identifies the critical path relationship of activities that exists within a construction program.

Due consideration for access to the works, nature of the works, resource availability, weather and critical long lead items are required, amongst other things. By monitoring progress of the works against a predetermined base timeline ensures a constant evaluation of scope completed, scope remaining and the time to complete.

Let's not forget the various stakeholders that are contributing to the delivery of the project. Information for design, manufacture and resource planning is critical to the achievement of a construction project, without the linked critical path analysis stakeholders would not know when to step up and deliver resulting in slippage of time and over run of cost.

If inefficient construction planning and scheduling have been taking a toll on your project, Candy can come to your aid. Candy’s planning and scheduling tool provides a powerful critical path network system, designed specifically for the construction & engineering industry, in order to effectively plan and report on the project status. Its ability to link to other modules, such as Estimating provides you with an accurate analysis for project management decision-making.

An all-in-one construction planning and scheduling solution, this system gives you a comprehensive review of all available resources with task and cost code management to help you understand how to use resources most effectively for optimal cost benefit. If standardised, the planner and estimator can work on the same data and productivity. This will make the estimate and program more realistic and help avoid surprises when it comes to execution.

Not only can Candy help you enhance productivity and improve risk management, but it can also deliver better financial returns with much lower volatility.

With changing times, the focus on professional construction project management is likely to increase. The quality and efficiency of infrastructure is an integral part of all construction initiatives. In such a situation, project scheduling would prove to be the key that opens the doors of certainty, accountability and success.

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