Concrete Repair – A Project Management Challenge
What makes a repair job successful is the effectiveness of the logistics applied not only in the concrete repair project but other factors such as ensuring the property tenants and the general public experience as little inconvenience as possible.
Effective logistics involves the coordination of a variety of activities involving third-parties, private and public facilities, and materials.
Planning and coordinating these elements to ensure that the concrete repair project is completed smoothly is a logistical challenge.
However, you can avoid complaints from tenants and property owners when conducting concrete repair and reduce inconvenience to tenants by following three important lessons:
Concrete Repair – You Cannot Communicate Enough
Start your communication about the project in advance to all the parties affected and maintain a feedback channel so you can identify potential problems in advance.
It’s important to ensure that a concrete repair project is completed on time, on a budget, and with minimal complaints from anyone affected. Aim to communicate 2-4 weeks before the start of a concrete repair project.
Notify as many tenants as possible and post public notices about the scheduled concrete repair project, who is responsible for coordinating it, where the repair is going to occur, and who to contact for more information or issues.
Provide a phone number, an email address, and your office location in all communications. Write official notices to property owners on paper and via email and have them delivered to the tenants. It is also important to post notices on conspicuous locations as early as two weeks before the repairs begin.
A few days before the actual start of the repairs, post construction warnings around the project location and ensure compliance with official permit requirements.
If necessary, conduct a pre-construction meeting with the property owner and local officials to show the measures you have put in place to ensure the public is safe from all the equipment and materials.
Concrete Repair – Equipment and Materials
Have the equipment and materials needed for the repair delivered in advance and stored in a secure location that does not impede traffic or cause inconvenience (using up parking spaces where parking is at a premium should be avoided if possible).
The tools and equipment for use in the project should be on stand-by for delivery to project location before the actual start of the repair tasks.
Safety and barrier equipment should be delivered and erected in advance – preferably one to two days ahead. These may include barricade tapes, signs, mesh barriers, surface protection, and cones.
The rest of the equipment may be delivered “just in time” or when there is the least amount of traffic for property entries and exits.
Construction material and repair materials can be heavy and potentially unsafe, therefore erosion control systems and first aid kits should be part of the materials supplied.
Concrete Repair – The Right People for the Job
Make sure all key personnel have schedules and know their responsibilities in advance.
The members of the repair team should have all the details of the project as well as identities of the key personnel involved.
At this point, it is may be necessary to put in place other forms of communication that the public cannot ignore, such as a flagman directing traffic with a stop/go sign.
The on-site supervisor should be communicating with the appropriate security personnel and the police (if needed).
Professional concrete repair teams deliver results in the shortest time when they are least distracted.
Creating this environment to enable safe and professional repairs will not only reduce the inconvenience to tenants and the public but will also reduce potential cost overruns of the project.
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