In the field of civil engineering, you need to ensure that the project is completed within the schedule so that all the resources needed for its completion are utilized optimally. There are several challenges with regard to time, budget, team management, etc. However, a good project manager in the field of civil engineering knows exactly how to get things done correctly. While the above seems obvious, the key reason for project failures to meet the deadline is the negligence of attention paid to the project’s planning stage.
Reddy Kancharla – How can you meet deadlines in time?
Reddy Kancharla is an esteemed and credible name in civil engineering in New York, USA. He has 25 years of rich experience in geotechnical consulting, civil engineering, QC/QA construction, and expertise in building residential and commercial buildings, roadways, bridges, etc. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
Subsequently, he joined the Masters of Science Program in the field of civil engineering at Texas Tech University. He completed his education in 1987 and, shortly after this, earned his certification in the field of Quality Documentation (ISO 9000) and became the Quality System Auditor (ISO 9000) from the Bureau Veritas, Dubai, located in in the UAE in 1994. He recently created a website for readers interested in learning about civil engineering projects and becoming a successful professional in the field.
Make an outline first for the project
When it comes to the subject of project management skills, he says if the civil engineer is not careful, even small changes have the capacity to create major project issues along the way. So, in order to avoid the above problems, one should create a correct outline of the parameters of the project that covers the following points-
- Background of the company.
- What are the goals or objectives of the project?
- The scope of the project.
- Its time.
- The materials needed.
- Personnel and all the external participants.
- The budget of the project.
- Its reports.
He further says that the expectations of the project are established between the senior management, sales team, or the client without even considering the specifics of what has to be involved when it comes to delivering the project. Therefore, as a civil engineer, if you do not want your project to fail, you need to create a plan with all the factors listed above.
As per Reddy Kancharla when you create a plan before the commencement of the project, you must ensure there is room for contingencies. He says that a project might not always go as per the plan; however, you can manage the challenges better when you have room for emergencies. You should also work out important risk factors when it comes to planning before a civil engineering project. These risk factors will help you in a large way to avoid structural failures that might arise due to the inability to detect potential variables to manage them effectively so that a civil engineering project does not fail its deadline.