Like any construction project, an excavation requires planning and strategizing on how to make that plan happen in the best, most efficient way possible. Your excavation project is the very beginning of your new commercial or residential construction project and lays the foundation for your entire build. Check out some of our best strategies for putting together a successful plan for your next excavation project in New Jersey.
1. Go In with a Strong Game Plan
Mapping out the details of your project will ensure that all involved, including stakeholders, are apprised of each aspect of the project. Solidifying roles and responsibilities can help keep everyone moving in the same direction.
Clearly identifying incremental benchmarks as a goal will keep your workers and project moving smoothly as well as motivate everyone to conquer the next goal you set as a stepping stone to the final goal of a completed home or commercial property.
Each project has unique factors you don’t want to miss when assembling a strong game plan. Don’t forget to touch on each of these points as you prepare for your successful construction project management job. Get your game plan together for your best chance of success.
2. Manage Your Time
Numerous project delays can be separate from your construction or excavation project. Construction is known for finishing things behind schedule, but you can raise the bar and expect better. While you don’t have complete control over every aspect of the job as a construction project manager, planning as much as possible and good communication allows you and others to get a clear view of your vision and strategies to get there and helps when adjustments to the plan are necessary.
Knowing each step of the project and what they all entail will help you plan for workers, equipment, and material orders. Regularly meet with the experts over each important aspect of the job to stay up to date on what’s going on. Stay organized to keep your workers on task and able to keep busy because the proper tools and materials are on site and ready to go. There’s nothing worse than paying people to stand around because they are waiting for materials to be delivered!
If you’ve ever had the experience of jumping from one disaster to the next as a manager, you know how frustrating it can be. Instead of putting out fires, make a plan that you can effectively work through so that you can put your energy into the project in a more proactive way over the course of the project. Hopefully, as an experienced project manager, you will be able to plan well so that you finish on time and on budget, making your clients extremely happy.
3. Choose the Right Team
You know what having the right members on your team means for your project. Choosing incompetent, unreliable, or dishonest workers will make your managing efforts much more difficult and time-consuming. That doesn’t even begin to touch on the extra money you will have to fork out to make up the time lost for such workers.
Take a moment to connect with your employees and subcontractors so they know you value their hard work and can communicate with you at any time. Choosing the right team for the project is a must!
4. Be in Constant Communication
Good communication is possibly the most important way to lead a team or even participate as a team member on any project. Communication with your workers and other contractors on the site will be mandatory for success.
Problems interacting and collaborating can result in a loss of time and money – not what you want to have to happen on your job site! Communicating clearly all job duties and expectations with each role will help reduce confusion and misunderstandings throughout the project. Effective communication is one of the most effective tools at your disposal.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Budget
Just hoping to stay on budget will not get you to your budgeted end goal. Make sure your plans are covered under your given budget and know when certain cost aspects need to be discussed with the client. Understanding the various costs associated with your project will help you not only make better decisions throughout the coming months but keep you on track and on budget. It is critical that you as the construction project manager always keep an eye on the budget and any adjustments to the budget are handled through change orders and documented properly.
6. Take the Time to Understand Your Dig Site
The most successful projects start with understanding your dig site. Do you know about the area and specific spot that you are digging? Find out everything you possibly can about your site including things like what the soil is made up of, and where gas, water, power, and other cable lines are located. Knowing this information will not only keep you and your workers safe, and the environment protected, but also keep your project on track, avoiding delays. It takes extra time and effort to “do some digging” before you actually begin digging, but it will be well worth your time.
7. Be Mindful of Erosion
Any excavating project, big or small, requires thoughtful planning as you consider soil composition, how deep you’re planning to dig, and what measures you can put into place to slow or stop soil erosion. It’s not always possible to completely stop erosion from happening but being ready to do what you can to clear the aftermath of any erosion and prevent it from spreading further is important.
Work with Mikula Contracting for Your New Jersey Excavation Project
Keeping track of all the details of a project takes a lot of time. Hiring Mikula Contracting for your New Jersey excavation needs will take the stress off the excavation portion of your project, leaving you to concentrate on other parts of the construction process.
Maintain your reliable construction project manager reputation by getting the job done on time, on budget, and with top-notch quality. Contact Mikula Contracting to learn more about how we can help in your construction job and excavation project today.