Time is Precious

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Time is Precious

A recent study of client satisfaction by Glenigan found that only 4 out of 10 construction projects finished on time. With advancements in technology such as BIM one would expect performance on site to have improved over the years but it is still almost expected that a job will overrun.

As an expert witness in delay claims I see first-hand the ramifications of when a project goes wrong.  Claim costs can mount up quickly and the damage to reputation can sometimes be irreversible.

There are several common reasons for projects being delayed:

  • skimping on upfront design and consultant fees
  • an unrealistic programme from the outset
  • poor relationships between client, contractor and subcontractors on site
  • ineffective site management
  • a desire to pass all risk to the contractor

So how can the team work together to ensure the project is delivered on time?

  • Start with a fully logic linked programme which factors in time risks
  • Keep accurate records of progress and update the programme regularly
  • Communicate potential issues at an early stage so their impact can be mitigated
  • Embrace BIM technology so potential clashes are ironed out before ground is broken

These steps might not eradicate delays but they will place you in a much better position to deal with them as they arise and minimise their impact on the programme.

It’s in everyone’s interests to get the project finished on time because nowhere is it truer than in construction that time is precious.

Mary Cross, Director of Contract Services


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Next Glovers’ Construction Social announced

Category : News

After the success of our biggest event yet in February we are looking forward to welcoming more guests on Friday 1 June 2018.

We have a great mix of construction professionals who attend the event including contractors, architects, clients, solicitors and consultants.  Our guests love how informal the event is and many have made useful connections leading to new work.

Our invites will be going out this week so keep an eye on your inbox.


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Shaping the future

As the new year starts we find ourselves with the usual reflections of what 2018 might hold for us.

We live in a world where change is common place whether that be in our home lives or in our professional work. Whether we like to admit it or not most of us generally resist change because we prefer to be comfortable, but we need to learn to harness change, go beyond our comfort zones and use it to our advantage. As quantity surveyors the landscape of the profession has changed dramiatically with the continued development of BIM and technology. From how things have progressed and continue to do so, the use of cut and shuffle and other techniques of the quantity surveyor of the past seem long gone with the use of information

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