Construction Management

7 reasons that cause construction project delays

7 reasons that cause construction project delays

Regardless of your role in construction, you’ll have noticed that almost all the construction projects don’t finish in their contractual finish date. In fact, a delayed project has become a very normal thing to witness and at a certain point, it almost feels like it’s an unavoidable outcome. However, delays in most construction projects delay could actually be avoided if a proper project study was... »

South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

South African Construction – an ecosystem in crisis

Recent media coverage of appeals by SAFCEC, CESA and others to government to intervene and save our industry has caught the attention of many a Civil Engineer. We work and ply our trade in a sensitive ecosystem that is a jewel in the crown of South Africa. We are in fact one of the few countries in Africa that still has a fully functioning and self-sufficient construction industry. But we are in t... »

Mastering the sprint finish of major construction projects.

Mastering the sprint finish of major construction projects.

Major construction projects are, on average, delivered one year behind schedule and 30 percent over budget. On many large industrial projects, high levels of complexity create productivity bottlenecks that can slow work to a crawl. This is especially true when a project is 70 percent complete or more. By this late stage, commissioning teams and operations teams are both in play; scope carryover is... »

What are the benefits of well-planned and prioritised infrastructure investment?

What are the benefits of well-planned and prioritised infrastructure investment?

Well-planned and prioritised infrastructure investment improves productivity, engenders competitiveness and contributes to long-term sustainable economic growth.  Nevertheless, the extent of realising these benefits from infrastructure investment varies considerably across sectors, by regions and by level of regulatory and institutional maturity. Producing the greatest impact from infrastructure i... »

How can governments effectively utilise project preparation financing sources?

How can governments effectively utilise project preparation financing sources?

As project preparation costs can vary widely, these cost figures are only indicative and are based on the following factors: project size and complexity; geographic location(s); degree of technical detailing required; social and environmental impacts; and the extent of upstream preparation required. While the majority of funding for project preparation is through government budgets, national and s... »