Construction Delays

How To: Categorize, Analyze and Report Project Construction Delays

Construction Delays are unplanned events that happen during both work planning and execution that result in a cost and/or schedule variance to the original project plan. Delays can impact your project cost and extend your project delivery schedule. Delays may also result in litigation if there is a dispute over who was responsible for the project delay – so it is critical to capture, analyze and resolve project delays quickly, and know who is responsible for each delay. Capturing, assessing and reporting on delays is a standard project management process to manage the unplanned events that happen during the planning and execution of any major project.

Corrective Action

Corrective Action

Corrective Actions are improvements to an Organization’s business processes and procedures to correct the root cause(s) of a non-conformance and to prevent their recurrence. They are the mechanism that drive continuous improvement. To ensure they are effective they need to be based on a systematic root cause analysis and evaluated after implementation to confirm they had the desired impact.

Non Conformance

Non Conformance

Non conformances are problems that have been found and need be addressed. They can be found anywhere – in a product, in service delivery, in work execution, in a process or even in the Quality Management System itself. They are a core pillar of a Quality Management System (QMS). The QMS will require you to document and maintain a record of non-conformances, actions taken to address the issue and record of close-out of the issue.

Human Performance Tools Phonetic Alphabet

Human Performance Tools – Phonetic Alphabet

The NATO phonetic alphabet (also known as the ICAO phonetic or spelling alphabet) and the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. It is used by professional communicators, especially police, military and other emergency workers to identify letters precisely, either when communicating initials, abbreviations or spellings of words. It is a commonly used human performance tool in 3-way communication to confirm precise instructions on work being executed.


Risk Management and Risk Mitigation

Project Risk Management and Risk Mitigation is the process of identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks to scope, schedule, cost and quality on a project. Risks come in the form of opportunities and threats and are scored on probability of occurrence and impact on project.

Risk Management is 1 of 10 Knowledge Areas in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). Project Managers need to understand the fundamentals of risk management to get the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification.


How To: Calculate Earned Value Management (EVM) and Read S-Curve Reports

Project Managers on construction and maintenance projects need a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Earned Value Management (EVM or Earned Value Analysis – EVA) and how to produce an S-Curve report to update stakeholders on the project’s health. EVM is a standard project management process that measures your project’s progress and performance by combining scope, schedule and cost – the iron triangle of Project Management – into an integrated system of monitoring and reporting.

Risk Mitigation

Whitepaper: Using Mobile Technology for Risk Mitigation

Risk mitigation and improved predictability during work package execution in the field are key objectives for consistent delivery of work scope safely, with high quality, on time and on budget. While the adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in construction, maintenance and operations environments has traditionally been low, the recent rapid evolution of tablet-based technologies and software solutions designed to support highly regulated capital project work has led to an emerging trend of Owner/Operators, EPCs and Contractors evaluating and implementing mobile work management systems to support planning, execution, documentation and reporting of work packages.

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