IMPORTANCE OF COR/ SECOR CERTIFICATION
IMPORTANCE OF COR/ SECOR CERTIFICATION

WHAT IS COR/SECOR?

    Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) is awarded to companies who have developed and implemented health & safety programs for their employees according to the provincial standards. COR certifies that the company’s health and safety measures have been evaluated by a licenced auditor and meet the requirements of provincial health and safety standards. These certificates are issued by Alberta Labour and with Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) as co-signatory.
      SECOR program has proven to be an effective way to encourage small employers to improve their health and safety measures and create an office culture where employee health and safety are given due importance, and take conscious steps to reduce risks associated with workplace accidents.
        With a certified health and safety management system, employers can identify and evaluate workplace risks and then take appropriate measures to protect their employees.  This ongoing process enables companies to achieve a workplace culture which complies with occupational health and safety (OH&S) guidelines.
          To qualify for Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR), your business cannot have more than 10 employees. This number includes all staff members including owners, managers, administrative or clerical staff, temporary staff, part-time workers, volunteers, and family members. Another condition to qualify for SECOR is that your business has to be a member of ACSA.

            BENFITS OF COR/SECOR

            • By achieving COR/SECOR, companies demonstrate that they have developed and implemented efficient health and safety management system which is evaluated annually through comprehensive external and internal audits. These audits include interviews, review of documents, and observation techniques to assess who well the company is able to identify, evaluate, and control health and safety risks to workers.
            • The criteria of audit used by Certificate of Recognition (COR) are recognized by all the industries in Canada. A company holding COR will be a part of the nationwide network that will participate in the promotion of health and safety excellence in the country.
            • In a situation where your company has to demonstrate that it has a proactive health and safety management system, Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) is an asset. Providing a proof right away that your company has an effective health and safety management system for its employees will give your business an edge over competitors, possibly giving you the advantage to qualify ahead of them for certain projects.
            • Safeguarding health and safety of all the employees at all times is company’s responsibility. By developing and maintaining an effective health and safety management system, companies can successfully eliminate or at least reduce workplace injuries and other accidents.
            • A company’s corporate image and reputation in the industry and community is enhanced by achieving COR/SECOR.
            • Company’s commitment to a safe and secure workplace culture will attract more workers and boost their morale.

              SECOR AND AZIMUTH BUILDERS

                Azimuth builders’ strong commitment to safety in addition to its dedication to quality construction has lead it to secure SECOR health and safety certification. The company has not only excelled in its business practices but has also stood out in terms of transparent and safe workplace culture for its employees. Due to continuous efforts and hard work, Gary Bizek, the President of Azimuth Builders has successfully secured his SECOR health and safety certification. The requirements to achieve this credential are quite extensive among which some major ones are:
                • A standing membership of ACSA.
                • Completion of several certification courses like first aid training and other industry-specific safety training classes.
                • Development, implementation, and maintenance of an effective health and safety management system.
                • At least 3 months’ worth of health and safety documentation.
                  Safety is an ongoing process which is evolving with time, and we at Azimuth are committed to achieve the new, higher standards it will set in the time to come.
                  TOP 5 BENEFITS OF BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)
                  TOP 5 BENEFITS OF BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)

                  What is BIM?

                    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is basically information management using digital modelling, starting from initial building design all the way through its construction process, maintenance, and finally decommissioning. BIM is all about coordination and collaboration between contractors, stake holders, architects, and engineers in a 3D virtual construction environment, and it shares all the related information across these teams.
                      BIM allows design and construction teams to coordinate and communicate information about the design and construction at every level of the building process. The shared information remains with the project, right from the beginning of construction till its entire lifetime.

                        Key Benefits of using Building Information Modelling

                          Applying Building Information Modelling in construction process and holding BIM certification can lead to following key benefits:

                            1. It allows visual data collection

                              BIM has provided the designers and builders with access to information about project sites that wasn’t accessible before. With better images of the Earth and improved mapping tools, today projects are analysed using aerial imagery, laser scans of infrastructure, and digital elevation. All these together help the builders and designers capture reality more accurately and streamline project preparations. BIM has allowed the designers to benefit from all the compiled input shared in a model and work in a more efficient way.

                                2. Reduced Onsite Waste

                                  BIM provides a shared model to all the teams working on the project, so there’s less need to duplicate or redraft the drawings for different requirements of project teams. The model not only contains a drawing set but all the information related to the project, allowing each team to annotate and link their intellect to the project. The drawing tools of BIM are faster and more efficient than 2D drawing tools and each of the object is linked to a database. The database helps in calculations such as size and number of windows for quantity take-offs that update automatically with the advancement of the project. This quick and accurate computerized counting of project components saves significant material and labour costs.

                                    3. Controlled Project Data and Reduced Uncertainty

                                      BIM involves aids such as of auto-saving and project history backup so that the users can be sure that all the work they’ve done so far on the model has been captured and can be accessed any time. The access to version history of the model helps avoid disastrous losses like corruption of files that can interrupt productivity. Using BIM allows the project teams to detect, diagnose, and fix any problem with constructability timely before the construction begins. This can save significant amounts of time and money by preventing the need for any replacement materials.

                                        4. Improved Communication and Collaboration Between Teams

                                          Communicating and collaborating with models is much easier and more efficient than with drawing sets. It’s because there are various functions that are only possible through digital-model-based workflows. Much of the project management is now being carried out with the help of cloud. Here, there are multiple tools of the project teams to share their complex models and coordinate with their peers to keep them updated. Review and mark-up steps ensure that all the teams have given their input in the evolution of the project and they’re all ready to execute the finalized concept.

                                            5. Increased Speed and Efficiency of Processes by Better Sequencing of Steps

                                              A model with a well-constructed set of sub-models for each construction phase allows the teams to coordinate the sequencing of steps, crews, and materials for a more efficient and quick construction process. By merging project schedule with BIM model, project managers can watch a project being constructed virtually to ensure that the sequencing of steps within the schedule is accurate and delivering the expected outcome on time.
                                              Contractor vs. Subcontractor – What’s the difference?
                                              Contractor vs. Subcontractor – What’s the difference?
                                              When people are planning to construct their own home, or a commercial building as a business start-up, they usually get confused whether to work with contractors or subcontractors. Well, basically, contractors deal directly with clients and oversee what the subcontractors are doing. They provide people with estimated costs and timeline for their building projects and keep them updated about the progress and occurring problems. One the other hand, several subcontractors are hired for a building project and each one of them is given a specific task like running the wiring across the building, installing pipes, and framing the walls, etc. The contractors are responsible for supervising the work of these subcontractors and ensuring that everything is on track.
                                                Moreover, contractors are usually self-employed and choose the projects they want to manage. They have mostly specialized in a certain skill and perform specific tasks of the project, while for the other tasks they hire subcontractors.
                                                  Let’s have a look at the job responsibilities of both contractors and subcontractors and how they differ from one another:

                                                    Job Responsibilities of Contractors

                                                      As discussed above, contractors deal directly with the clients. They work with engineers and architects and draft the project plan. This planning includes the estimated cost and time of the project, project schedule, materials requires, and attributes that fulfil the client’s requirements. In addition, they have the responsibility to make adjustments in the plan in case there is an accident or any unforeseen complication.
                                                        The primary goal of contractors is to ensure that all the tasks are completed in a specific time frame and within a given budget in spite of accidents or unexpected problems.  Moreover, they participate in certain parts of the construction process, hire subcontractors and supervise their work, and organize the workforce. Contractors also deal with government and lawyers to ensure that all building requirements are fulfilled.

                                                          Job Responsibilities of Subcontractors

                                                            Subcontractors usually have a certain skill set and work on building projects under the guidelines of contractors. For every phase of a construction project, from land clearing to laying the foundation to final finishing, subcontractors are required. Also, each project phase needs a different subcontractor to complete the tasks. It is because all these tasks have their own tools set and require professionals who have specialized in their usage. These tools include trowels for pouring foundation, circuit breakers for working with the wiring, pipe cutters, and shovels etc. To use each of these tools, the subcontractor should have certain skills, and also the ability to work with the contractor and other subcontractors to ensure that part fits well with the others.
                                                              To help you understand better, we’ve listed down the pros and cons of hiring contractors and subcontractors. Read on:

                                                                Pros of Hiring a Contractor

                                                                • He will ensure that every aspect of the construction project is being taken care of.
                                                                • Contractors are experienced, insured, and licensed.
                                                                • He will hire subcontractors when they are required for the construction project.
                                                                • You can negotiate the costs with a good contractor.

                                                                Cons of Hiring a Contractor

                                                                • Contractors don’t perform all tasks themselves.
                                                                • They can be very costly at times, depending on the project size.
                                                                • They mostly hire subcontractors to get different tasks completed which increases the overall cost of the project.

                                                                  Pros of Hiring a Subcontractor

                                                                  • Subcontractors are usually very efficient and fast as they have specialized in certain tasks.
                                                                  • They are mostly available on short notices and are willing to do extra work.
                                                                  • They charge much less than contractors.
                                                                  • Hiring a subcontractor is a great idea if you want more flexibility in your project.

                                                                    Cons of Hiring a Subcontractor

                                                                    • They are not always as loyal or committed as permanent employees are, or as contractors are.
                                                                    • They don’t deal with the clients directly, which means you have no control over their hiring process and the quality of work they’re offering.
                                                                    Hiring a General Contractor vs. Acting as a General Contractor – Know The Difference
                                                                    Hiring a General Contractor vs. Acting as a General Contractor – Know The Difference
                                                                    Once you’ve decided to build your own home, or a commercial building for business purposes, the very next thing that comes you mind is execution of your idea. It is then that you begin to think of all the professional support that you may need to practically implement you plan. General contractors play a major role in construction projects and therefore their role cannot in any way be skipped.
                                                                      When it comes to hiring workers, people often get confused whether to hire a general contractor or act as one. It is because hiring a general contractor will obviously cost you more and the budget of the overall project will increase. Some people are willing to bear these additional costs while some are not.
                                                                        So in case you are facing any such confusion, we have explained below how acting as a general contractor differs from hiring one.

                                                                          Acting as a General Contractor

                                                                            Being a property owner, you will be allowed by most of the jurisdictions to act as a general contractor for your own construction project.  Therefore, you can supervise all the activities taking place on the project site and ensure that everything is being completed by the given deadlines and within budget.  You can also hire and manage sub-contractors and assign tasks to workers.
                                                                              But why would you want to do all this?
                                                                                Here’s why:
                                                                                • The first reason is that you can save a lot of money that you would have to pay a hired general contractor.
                                                                                • Secondly, acting as your own general contractor will help you learn the whole process; you’ll have a better understanding of your business. Being a general contractor along with being an investor, you will have a better know-how of all the phases of construction process including HVAC systems, electrical work, and plumbing etc. You will get to know more about labour prices and material costs, and how much time it takes to install these materials.
                                                                                • The third benefit of doing so is getting more experience in this field. You will gain experience of being a real estate investor and along with that of being a general contractor. The experience you gain as a general contractor will be invaluable for your career as real estate investor.
                                                                                • Finally, you get the chance to deal with your subcontractors directly and monitor their work more closely. Whereas, if you hire a general contractor, you have contact the subcontractors through him or her.

                                                                                Hiring a General Contractor

                                                                                You’d know by now that a general contractor plays a central role in any construction project. Here’s why hiring one may be a good idea:
                                                                                • As they’re experienced professionals, they have a better understanding of the whole process. They know what permits are needed and how to get the project approved. They have dealt with inspectors and building codes before, so they make this process much easier.
                                                                                • Secondly, they know how to maximize efficiency of any job. They get the work done in the most efficient way possible. They schedule the subcontractors and workers and set deadlines to ensure everything goes smoothly.
                                                                                • Another major benefit of hiring a general contractor is that they can get labour and material at better prices due to their links in the industry. These better prices may help you reduce the overall budget of your project.
                                                                                • One of the greatest benefits of hiring general contractors is that they take warranty of the work they do. They will ensure that everything is going right and there are no delays. Even if there are any unforeseen complications in the project, they will come out and solve them as soon as possible. It’s because they want to work in long-term with their clients and keep them happy.
                                                                                SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
                                                                                SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
                                                                                Construction workers, while working on field, encounter more dangerous safety risks as compared to most other employees. All the dangerous machinery, chemicals, and environments can cause major injuries to the workers if constant vigilance is absent.  According to stats provided by OSHA, the total fatalities were 4,836 in 2015 of which 937 were construction worker fatalities.
                                                                                  OSHA plays a central role within construction safety protocol. They collect previous reports and data along with current observations and continuously revise, improvise, create, and implement construction safety rules and regulations. Moreover, private occupational safety professionals search and remove the hazards present on construction sites altogether. By using safer tools, chemicals, and machinery they can eliminate or reduce the chances of injury from the environment.
                                                                                    Along with reducing and eliminating safety risks from the work site, they also provide necessary construction safety training and information to the workers. OSHA, on their official site have listed down common construction risks and their possible consequences along with precautionary measures to stay safe.
                                                                                      Listed below are a few precautionary measures that OSHA advises to follow:
                                                                                      • Head Protection
                                                                                          Head protective gear is important in construction work because head injuries are common and can be caused due countless construction hazards. Architects, engineers, and safety professional design and construct buildings in a way that maximizes safety and efficiency. However, it is very unfortunate that most of the risks are present prior to completion of construction. Exposed wiring, falling objects, and tripping risks can lead to head injuries anytime throughout the construction process.
                                                                                            Head injuries can lead to serious health issues such as memory loss, seizures, impaired motor function, and even death. To avoid these consequences, OSHA and private occupational safety professionals have advised that hard hats should be worn during construction work, especially in areas where there are high chances of head injury. Hard hats are an effective and very easy solution that protects workers from hidden or sudden risks during their work.
                                                                                            • Crane Safety
                                                                                                Cranes are large in size and power and therefore a necessary construction hazard. There are various safety risks associated with malfunctioning or misused cranes which should be identified by carrying out regular inspections. Moreover, in addition to these risks other risks are also present. Workers can be injured by crane’s load, and its boom and load line. It should be noted that if load line or boom contacts a powerline, electrocution can occur which can cause multiple fatalities.
                                                                                                  Due to all these reasons, it is extremely important to take precautionary measures before, during, and after operating cranes. The surrounding environment where the crane has to be operated should be thoroughly inspected, work orders should be re-evaluated, and the swing radius should be barricaded.  Also, the crane operators should be instructed not to swing loads over the public or workers. However, even after following these precautionary measures, accidents can still occur. Therefore, construction sites should be constantly monitored and supervisors should stay alert when the cranes are being operated.
                                                                                                  • Trenching Safety
                                                                                                      Trenches are basically routes dug into the ground. Their depths vary depending on the purpose. The soil can be very unstable at times and trenches can collapse before they’re secured. The construction workers who work in the trench face unsafe consequences like suffocation and burial.
                                                                                                        There are various reasons that can lead to trenching accidents, from poorly built exits to unstable or disturbed soil. Safety professionals have developed various precautionary measures to prevent or minimize trenching injuries. Workers cannot work in an unprotected trench and the trenches which are 20-foot long should have a professionally designed protective system. Also, exits should be stable and clearly marked so that the workers can quickly move out in case of any unsafe incident.
                                                                                                      • Top Technological Advancements in Construction Industry
                                                                                                        Top Technological Advancements in Construction Industry
                                                                                                        New technologies are being constantly developed and changed in the construction industry. These technological advancements have made the construction process much easier than before. Drones have made site monitoring easier and more cost efficient. Similarly, smartphones have made communication a breeze. The project team is constantly in touch which makes it easier for them to pass on important information and updates related to the project. Today we have digital blueprint apps that help the companies map out a construction process like never before. All these technological advancements together have helped the construction industry grow at a higher pace. The industry which was once one of the slowest growing industries is now listed among one of the fastest growing industries. These new technologies continue to evolve and develop.
                                                                                                          Here are a few top technological advancements that have shaped today’s construction industry and contributed significantly to its growth.
                                                                                                            1. Safety Equipment
                                                                                                              Various new technologies have been developed that significantly helped improve health and safety conditions on construction sites. These advancements include headsets, safety clothing, and improved materials and designs. Technologies like stationary cameras and drones have also helped in improving safety and security of the workers. This equipment not only helps in monitoring worksites but also help prevent security breaches and theft.
                                                                                                                2. Task Management Software
                                                                                                                  Construction management software have been improved a lot over time, especially after the internet began growing and developing. New versions of the task management software have enabled the construction companies to not only increase their productivity but also organize the entire project team and track the progress of projects. Tracking through software also helps construction companies in meeting their budget and time deadlines.
                                                                                                                    Moreover, technologies such as Building Information Management (BIM) enables the engineers and contractor to create 3D project plans. These 3D plans can be integrated into the project schedule to increase the accuracy to time estimates.
                                                                                                                      New task management software also contributes to improve worksite safety and allows for many structures to be constructed offsite (pre-fabrication), which lessens the work that has to be done on site and thus reduces the possible dangerous conditions.
                                                                                                                        3. Online Applications
                                                                                                                          This new technology is often overlooked when we discuss specific technological advancements but it has a considerable influence on the construction industry. Internet has revolutionized the construction sector in various ways. GPS, construction management software, laser-based survey equipment, along with many other technologies have allowed for more efficiency and precision in construction projects. Internet has made many tasks that previously required manual labour automated. This has helped the companies save time, money, and resources.
                                                                                                                            Contractors and engineers can also monitor safety and progress on the construction site using internet-enabled features. They can find risk areas and take appropriate measures to improve work conditions on site and reduce worker injury.
                                                                                                                              On the work site, internet allows the workers to communicate in real time with the team members who are not present in the field.
                                                                                                                                4. Drones and Cameras
                                                                                                                                  Drones are one of the most recent and successful technological advancements that have shaped the construction industry. It has changes the way of surveying and monitoring the construction sites and enabled the project monitors to view the site from various new angles which wasn’t possible before this development. By improving ways of site monitoring, drones and cameras have contributed considerably to improving worker safety on site and delivering projects on time.
                                                                                                                                    Project management teams can also use drone footages to create project blueprints.
                                                                                                                                      Drone technology is still improving and its footages are becoming even more detailed. This development will help the project teams to create more accurate project blueprints and increase overall project efficiency, which means that more time and money will be saved.
                                                                                                                                      FIVE PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                      FIVE PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                      When project owners decide to start their project, they share all the relevant information with several contractors, or subcontractors asking them to submit their bids. The process begins with a cost estimate of the design, materials, and labor work etc. Different companies give different cost estimates and demand money according to their estimates. Some project owners may go for low-bid selection while others go for quality-based or best-value selection.
                                                                                                                                        Winning a construction project from the project owner is a very difficult task but if you have sufficient experience in the field and delivered successful projects in the past, you have good chances of getting the project.
                                                                                                                                          Once the company has grabbed the project, the construction phase can begin. Although the process of construction projects is different from that of the traditional projects, they somewhat follow a similar pattern.
                                                                                                                                            If the companies don’t already have enough information and understanding of the construction project process, all the project managers should learn about the five major phases of construction project management.
                                                                                                                                              These five phases are:
                                                                                                                                                1. Initiation of the Project
                                                                                                                                                  Before the project begins, the management team must evaluate the project on the basis of its feasibility and if it’s worth undertaking. The stakeholders must be asked to thoroughly assess the projects strengths and weakness. When all the parties have agreed, the project management team should proceed with the project. The project manager then drafts a project initiation document which includes the details regarding the business case and business needs.
                                                                                                                                                    2. Planning of the Project
                                                                                                                                                      The next step is developing a project management plan. It is a formal, approved document which is drafted by the project manager to guide the workers. This documents includes details regarding execution and control, as well as the project milestones, budget, and schedule.
                                                                                                                                                        The main aspects of a project management plan include:
                                                                                                                                                          • Scope statement
                                                                                                                                                              This basically defines the project’s requirements, objectives, benefits, deliverables, and major milestones.
                                                                                                                                                            • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
                                                                                                                                                                WBS basically breaks down the scope of project into manageable tasks and deliverables. Developing a work breakdown structure is, however, quite a very difficult task and requires a lot of time and effort as it is not easy to breakdown a complex project into deliverable-oriented chunks.
                                                                                                                                                              • Communication Plan
                                                                                                                                                                  This basically includes a proper communication channel to forward details regarding goals, objectives, tools & equipment, difficulties & potential issues, and overall progress of the project to the concerned parties. A good communication plan keeps everyone updated and helps avoid conflicts and misunderstandings.
                                                                                                                                                                • Risk Management Plan
                                                                                                                                                                    This includes identifying the potential risks that may occur during development of the project like unmet deadlines, shifting requirements, shortage of resources, and budget cuts.
                                                                                                                                                                    3. Execution of the Project
                                                                                                                                                                      Once you’re done with the planning phase of the project, the actual work begins. Usually before executing the project, all parties conduct a kickoff meeting and then the management team begins allocating tasks and resources, implementing the plans, setting up monitoring & tracking systems, completing deliverables, updating the schedule, and if needed, altering the project plan.
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Monitoring the Project
                                                                                                                                                                          This phase usually begins simultaneously with the execution phase. Constantly monitoring is necessary to check the progress and performance of the project and to ensure that there are no delays and everything is in line with the plan.
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Closing the Project
                                                                                                                                                                              This phase marks the conclusion of the project. Once the project is completed, the project management team may conduct a post-mortem meeting to analyze and discuss which parts of the project met the objectives and which didn’t. the team then lists downs the lingering tasks if any, evaluates the project against budget and time-span, and generate a final project report.
                                                                                                                                                                              Four Steps to Successful Construction Project Management
                                                                                                                                                                              Four Steps to Successful Construction Project Management
                                                                                                                                                                              Construction project management includes several steps like planning, coordination between team members and stakeholders, and execution of the project. It usually includes complicated tasks that require strong communication skills, vast knowledge of the construction process, and good problem-solving skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                Construction project management is quite a complex field and requires smart work along with hard work. Here are a few fundamental steps that you need to take to increase your odds of success in construction projects:
                                                                                                                                                                                • Detailed & Strategic Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the most important step towards successful construction project management. Without detailed and strategic planning, it is nearly impossible to deliver the project on time and within budget. The more complicated the project, the more planning will be needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Note that a well-planned construction project not only maximizes efficiency but also provides a step by step guide for completing and delivering the work on time and within the budget.
                                                                                                                                                                                        When you’re “planning” your project, you will define goals, develop deliverables, and create project milestones. Planning out a construction project includes determining the tools and equipment that will be needed, the number of workers that will be needed, coordinating with the subcontractors, detailed scheduling, and ensuring that all the required building materials are in place.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Other aspects of construction project planning include risk assessment and developing a risk management strategy, and creating a proper communication plan. There are various reasons due to which the project can go off track. It is therefore extremely important to carefully craft a plan that can work a long way in resolving issues and mitigating risks before they arise.
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Constant Monitoring of the Project’s Progress
                                                                                                                                                                                              Once the construction project has begun, the goal of the management team is to ensure that everything progresses smoothly according to the plan. Usually the development of a project will get disrupted by various minor issues rather than on major problem. Therefore, it is extremely important to analyze daily progress reports in detail, and constantly keep an eye on the schedule and budget.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Identifying potential issues that can cause a delay in the project’s progress is the first step. The second step involves some detective work. If any activity or task is lagging behind the schedule, it is important to dig in the reasons and find the root cause. For example, if productivity level is low, it may be due to inefficient allocation of workforce for that particular task. Other reasons for low productivity may include insufficient tools and equipment on site or delay in the delivery of material.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once you’ve identified the root cause of the problem, you need to alter your plan and schedule, and resolve the problem to get the project development back on track.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Effective Communication
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The flow of communication has a great impact on your project’s well-being. Effective and consistent communication is vital for the success of any construction project. It helps improve teamwork and leads to better project understanding. Poor communication can be seriously hazardous for the project’s success as it can lead to delays, misunderstandings, and various other issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Communication channels for information sharing and specific tasks should be determined in the very beginning of the project and agreed upon by all team members and stakeholders. Establishing a proper communication channel would enable the key team members to forward the right information to the right people on the right time. When all the concerned parties are communicating efficiently and effectively, the project tends to develop more smoothly and be completed on the given time and within budget.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Collaboration basically means building a relationship, and cooperating and coordinating with all the stakeholders. This business relationship is based on trust and mutual respect to work together in order to complete the project successfully. It involves valuing the input of all the concerned parties and integrating them in the plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Collaboration does not work without good communication, so it is important to have an effective communication plan in place. It is because good communication keeps everyone on the same page and keeps all the concerned people updated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shortage of Skilled Workers In Construction Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shortage of Skilled Workers In Construction Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The construction industry is on the rise and the demand for workers is greater than ever. The major driving force behind construction industry’s boom is the growing population and increase in people living in urban areas. All this together has driven up the demand of construction workers to a great level. On the other hand, the supply of workers is insufficient to meet the needs of construction firms. This shortage of workers can decrease firms’ performance, productivity, and sustainability and upset industry’s growth despite the fact that construction industry is one of the largest and most important industries of the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Labor Shortage – The Biggest Challenge for Construction Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The biggest issue construction industry is facing today is workforce challenges, especially the shortage of skilled workers. These challenges are becoming more and more intense with every passing day and putting pressure on the construction firms. These firms not only have to compete within the sector but also have to ensure that everything is going smoothly on the construction sites. However, shortage of skilled labor has worsen the competition and struggle to survive for the construction companies. Some companies have even fallen in the dead zone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Construction companies who are confronting these workforce challenges with their head up are however enjoying incredible growth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first time construction firms faced the issue of labor shortage was in 2012, just when the real estate industry began to recover from the early 2000s’ crash. This issue has only gotten worse since then as construction projects have started to increase. The employment of labor force just couldn’t keep up with the rapid growth in the construction industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Future of Construction Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The future of construction industry, despite these challenges, looks bright. The spending on construction in the United States witnessed a growth of 8.7 percent in 2016. This percentage dropped just bit in the next two years. However, the growth rate was still significant.  The construction firms across the world also faced similar circumstances.  According to forecasts, industry will continue to grow at similar rates in the United States and other parts of the world in near future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The future of construction industry looks bright because it continues to grow since 2012 despite of the serious workforce shortage challenges. However, construction’s growth is pointing at the critical labor shortage challenges that companies must confront if they want to survive in the future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other Workforce Challenges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another issue which is not given much importance is the conflict within the workforce. For example, if a workforce has people from different generations, they may not work in harmony with one another. It is expected that millennials will make 75% of world’s labor force by 2030 and many Baby Boomers and Generation Xers will not retire by then. These generations have a different set of ethics and values that may lead to conflicts between old and new workers. These conflicts can hinder firm’s efforts to maintain high productivity and peak performance at sites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Construction industry is adopting latest technology to boost their efficiency and productivity. This technology adoption may also lead to workforce challenges in terms of workers’ skills and training. Veteran workers usually do not have much know-how of the new technology and prefer using old methods to perform their job. To avoid any conflicts, companies should integrate new technologies slowly and steadily instead of forcing them on workers all at once.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ways to Overcome Shortage of Skilled Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Construction firms have to work proactively in finding solutions to the labor shortage issue. Here are a few steps they can take to fill the labor demand-supply gap:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Hiring more women in the construction workforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Creating a workplace culture which is based on safety and security of employees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Increasing and improving training opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Screening new candidates carefully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Encouraging and appreciating transfer of knowledge and skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Types of Workers You Need on Your Construction Site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Types of Workers You Need on Your Construction Site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Construction industry is growing rapidly all over the world. With so many projects completed and even more underway, employers are seeking the brightest and the best staff to fill up all job positions across the firm. Firms are expanding and hiring more workers to speed up their assignments, and plan and execute their future projects in the best way possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As an employer in the construction industry, do you know what type of workers do you need for your firm? You probably need workers with diverse skill sets, who are trained and have specialized in a particular skill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here we’ve listed down a few positions to fill that you should definitely consider if you’re an employer/owner of a construction firm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Construction Managers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You definitely need construction managers on your site. These managers are responsible for overseeing the activities going on site. They also coordinate and schedule the everyday activities, for example scheduling material deliveries and contractors’ work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Construction managers also direct the worker about what tasks they have to perform every day. Just like other workers, they also require skill and experience. If you’re planning to hire a construction manager for your firm, we would recommend you to consult a technical recruiter as he will make this task easier for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Site Superintendent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a very important job position in a construction firm and each separate site needs one superintendent who can ensure that all site operations are going smoothly? Why is this post so important? It is because there has to be someone to whom everybody on site can report to. This “everybody” includes contractors, managers, workers, and other officers who visit the site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The superintendent supervises all the activities going on at the construction site and ensures that everything is running well. This job, however, is not easy perform. The perfect candidate for this job position would require great skills and sufficient experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Metal Fabricators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are several types of workers you’ll probably think of hiring for your firm, including masons, carpenters, glass workers etc. However, there are chances that you’ll skip metal fabricators while making the list. Metal fabricators have become an important part of a construction team today as there role in construction projects have gained significance. High-rise and condominium buildings use metal frameworks and many industrial buildings also use metal in their construction. Thus, construction firms need to hire metal fabricators to work on their projects.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Designers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another job position that you may not think of filling is that of a designer. Although both interior and exterior designers work on various construction projects, they’re rarely thought of as construction workers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Construction firms need to hire one or two designers at least at their construction site. Although most of the design work can be done in office on a computer or on paper, designers still have to visit the construction site every now and then so check how their designs are being given a physical shape. Interior designers specially, will need to visit the site almost every day once the walls are up because that’s when they have to start their work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Site Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Engineers play an important role in every step of a construction project. You may think of them as civil engineers who draft and plan your new building or as environmental engineers who make plans for proper water drainage from construction site or ensure that your construction is sustainable. However, site engineers are not like civil or environmental engineers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These engineers are responsible for resolving engineering issues that occur during the construction. They also revise and improvise engineering plans and engineer the project as it comes together.