Benefit of Using Your Designer As Project Manager
There are two key benefits for using your designer to manage your
- They can act as quality control over the construction
of a design specification with which they are the most
- They provide the most integrated project management
in terms, especially in time of design changes
Using your designer as project management means that design and
construction planning are integrated with plan execution, allowing
any design changes to be automatically synchronised with plan changes.
Why is this so important?
When design changes cause plan and schedule changes, the problem
is greater than simply altering the design. All those assigned to
the affected tasks must be notified of the change and how it affects
them. Change in design after construction has started is common,
so this is a key advantage.
For instance, imagine that the concrete roof tiles planned for
the roof are suddenly unavailable. A change in roofing material,
leads to a change in the underlying design and construction.
Previously, the wall plaster was scheduled to be applied after
the roof was built, or the heavy tiles may risk deforming the walls
causing the plaster to crack. But if lighter Fiberglass tiles are
now used instead, it is no longer necessary to wait to plaster the
walls - the two tasks can be done concurrently and the plan schedule
Normally, when the designer changes a material specification, the
contractor must be notified of the possibility of shortening the
schedule to allow for rescheduling of other trades people and materials
delivery. But if this is integrated into the designers sphere of
management, although the builder will be notified, all communications
and rescheduling can be done directly from the design desk.
Building projects can have 30-40 subcontractors and even more different
types of materials. The project management model therefore requires
absolute rigor in communication between those involved with construction
and materials supply. And the mode of communication is as important
as the message.
The current lack of technology used by many builders for coordinating
design decisions and managing change over the life of a product
creates higher costs, longer cycle times, and poorer quality than
is possible. Using an electronic project management tool is essential.
The common project management programs used, MS Project etc, do
not adequately cater for this broad scale of rescheduling communication.
Most architect offices use an AutoCAD type system, which includes
integrated project management modules. So before you take on your
Designer as PM, check they have the technology to support the task.
This not only saves time and money in project management tasks,
it ensures that all parties remain working as a cohesive construction
unit, avoiding conflict and unnecessary litigation.
Overall, designers offer a more integrated project management
solution and reduce the risk of downstream problems and conflicts.
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