Construction is a big job. It requires a lot of labour, a lot of tools, and a lot of time. But it’s also a business in which the devil is in the details. It’s easy to have a whole project ruined by even little mistakes that turn out to be a lot bigger than you assumed. So we’ll look at how you eliminate error from the equation as best as you possibly can.
Spend a little more time in the planning stage
There are a lot of mistakes that can arise in the business simply from neglecting to take the time to plan everything out as best as you possibly can. For instance, not accounting for orientation when making the floor design plan. Or not taking enough time to size the HVAC inclusions amongst the construction dimensions. If you’re a little too eager to make the rule-of-thumb measurements, then you better get prepared to get it wrong often and have to re-do the work.
Getting the precision you need
It’s not just your estimations being off that you should be worried about, either. Your plans might be without fault, but if your machinery isn’t, then it could be letting you down. As we said, the devil is in the details. If your tools are off by millimetres, it could a serious problem. Make sure you’re taking good care of machinery, from maintenance to thorough cleaning so their performance isn’t being made less accurate. You can make them even more accurate by using modifications like spherical roller bearings which help account for the risk of misalignment in your machinery.
Cutting work interruption
There are errors that won’t only ruin the precision of the project. They will also tear up your schedule and waste your precious time, as well. There are certain aspects of work interruption that can’t be avoided. You should plan around these to stay productive and work on reducing the amount of interruption that is actually avoidable. We’ve already mentioned maintaining and repairing machines as you work, not just after the job. But you should be doing the same for your workers, taking care of their health so they’re at less risk of becoming a work interruption, themselves.
Stress the importance of communication
A lot of errors could be avoided and fixed with a simple bit of communication. For instance, make sure that you’re keeping communication clear and understood. Get your team members to reaffirm what you’re asking them to do and how they’ll do it before they tackle a job. Then make sure that the site culture allows them to speak up when they’ve made a mistake. If they don’t feel safe in accounting for their errors, they may try to let them slip by unnoticed. If they can tell you about those errors quicker, then you might be able to fix it before it becomes a much larger problem for the whole project.
More than just making decisions that lead to better practices, you should be constantly reviewing the progress and decisions made, as well as how they are implemented into the business. Don’t assume the lesson has been learned, make sure it has.