It can prove to be very difficult to manage a construction site as projects and sites are short-lived in nature, constantly changing in status, covering a huge range of construction processes of varying complexity and scale. The work processes and people change almost daily on sites, and projects involve diverse groups who are physically separated from the site, i.e. those who procure, design, specify, manage and maintain buildings and structures as well as those who undertake the process of building them.
What is project management ‘Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements’ (Project Management Institute, 2009, p12). Once a project has been approved a project manager is assigned to the project, and ‘is expected to integrate all aspects of the project, ensure that the proper knowledge and resources are available when they are needed, and ensure that the results are produced in a timely, cost-effective manner’ (Meredith and Mantel, 2010, p5). In order to allow this to happen there are several key aspects of a project which need to be carefully thought out and controlled.
According to AICPA website, core competency framework has developed to help accounting students to identify and strengthen their skills. There are three categories: Functional competencies, Personal Competencies and Business Perspective Competencies. Before I started reading this online source of the framework, I did not expect that being accountant has to possess “soft skills” because I thought the only technical skill were enough. Now I learn that in order to be competitive and successful in accounting field, we all need some soft skills, such as written and oral communication skill, problem-solving, the ability to work well with partners and other people, integrity and honesty.
In his paper, the author explains us how the technology advancement is taking place, how 2D modelling started initially, how it led to 3D modelling and now how building information modelling techniques are being linked to 3D modelling. BIM is not just about modelling, but it also includes project planning, design and construction. He clearly explains what BIM is in the form of a flow chart. Where he says that B in BIM stands for Residential, commercial, healthcare, institutional, sports and entertainment, I in BIM stands for Spatial, element, systems, quantities, schedule, operations and M in BIM stands for site, architectural, structural, MEP systems, sustainability and management. This all phases of the program are a continuous chain where programming, design, pre construction, construction, operations, and demolition are done. This research also supports that the concept of building information modelling is not only useful for the building’s geometric modelling, but also it can assist in the management of construction projects. In this research, the author has collected information from 35 construction projects that have already utilized BIM. The most common result that was observed was the cost reduction. For some people, BIM is a software application, where as for others, it is a process for designing and documenting
Competencies to Produce Consistent Leadership Competencies are the set of skills that a leader or follower need to have to meet the demands necessary to perform their role within an organization (Boyatzis, 2011). Competencies can be broken down into two groups’ hard skills and soft skills (Marques, 2012). Hard skills include the set of technical and specific requirements that can be measured and analyzed to create a set of concrete measureable goals (Marques, 2012). An example of hard skills are how many calls a customer service representative can take in an eight hour time frame (Marques, 2012). Soft skills are how employees relate to others (Marques, 2012). Soft skills are more difficult to learn (Marques, 2012). Examples of soft skills
It is also estimated that lack of interoperability between AEC software costs the industry another $15.8 Billion across the board in years prior to adoption of interoperable software solutions. Funds that could be used to make more efficient and sustainable projects, invested in expanding practices, purchasing new technologies and employee training, are being wasted with inefficient processes. Increasing project complexity and clients demanding more to be done with less as well as the need for teams to work remotely but remain connected are factors pushing the construction industry to discover new opportunities for increasing efficiency and productivity.
The design and construction of buildings can be a complicated business involving different professions, contractors, sub-contractors and operatives. This type of work is varied and employs many construction personnel with different roles and responsibilities, working together to complete a project in as successful way- on time, on budget and to the right specification. A large project would involve a great number of different activities:
Ortega December 10, 2015 Profesor Costa. Soft Skills Soft skills When it comes to skills for employment, the first thing an employer seeks is typically abilities, training and knowledge of specific skill sets. These are referred to as hard skills. Soft skills are often overlooked, but they also play an important role in every day operations. Soft skills are behavioral or people skills that everyone to a certain degree possesses. How one applies these skills can positively or negatively affect professional and personal lives. They can be learned but most likely not in any part of educational training. It is a Very valuable resources that can be developed with time and
According to the Associated General Contractors of New York State, “The construction industry is the second largest employer in the US, second only to all government employees including the armed forces.” (Associated General Contractors of New York State, 2014). This is a staggering number. However, in spite of this, the industry has suffered a decline in labor productivity beginning in the 1960’s that has continued its trend since that time and seems to be in no hurry to reverse its course (Teicholz, 2013). This paper will explore how Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) can be implemented by the construction industry to solve this issue by greatly decreasing (or even in some cases, eliminating) low productivity and waste, time/cost
weekly at 9:00 am. Charts are used to show the progress of a task, 1.3. Project Management consists of ten knowledge areas. 1.3.1. Project Integration Management – management of all processes to ensure proper coordination of the project.
Introduction An Integrated Project Delivery team consists of key project stakeholders who come together during the commencement of the project to set up a open collaborative process. As opposed to traditional delivery methods, Integrated Project Delivery is a concurrent and mutli-level leading to sharing of knowledge and expertise. Much of this sharing happens through the digital media through Building Information Modeling. This is a very comfortable means to share resources amongst the team. Thus, the process builds a lot of stakeholder trust and respect where success and risks are shared amongst everyone. Beyond all these benefits, Integrated Project Delivery presents a lot of positive propositions to the major stakeholders, the owners, the constructors and the designers by bringing them together very early into the process and the resulting a better understanding of the goals, the logistics, the cost and the timeline of the project. Integrated Project Delivery, thus adds the following characteristics to a project.
For us professionals involved in a project, BIM therefore enables a virtual information model to be handed from the design team to the main contractor and subcontractors and then on to the owner/operator with each professional adding discipline-specific data to the single shared model. One of the benefits of this approach is that there is a reduction in the loss of information that traditionally occurred when a new team takes
The future of our industry lies in how best we can integrate and communicate all our work with various stakeholders to manage a project efficiently. This has given rise to an area called construction informatics where a significant amount of research is being done. The area deals with a range of subjects from integration to interoperability and from knowledge mining to strategic management. This area came into existence from two fields. The first was the use of computers to design and carry out time and cost calculations. The other was for computers to categorize and store essential information. Currently, integration, interoperability, innovation along with strategic management of Information and Communication Technologies are the key areas of research of construction informatics (Isikdag 2009).
1) Introduction 2) Building Information Modelling (BIM), how it may revolutionise the QS profession 3) The Differences Between CAD and BIM 4) Highlight and discuss the future strategic skills of QS due to the advent of BIM and such like 5) References Introduction Nowadays,
How often should you use soft skills? You should use soft skills every day. Soft skills are always going to be used in different workplaces. Different types of soft skills to help a person will be interpersonal skills, teamwork, and communication skills. First of all with soft skills you will always