Fortunately, no matter the scope of your project, most construction errors can be avoided if you have the proper resources in place. A solid plan and design, a capable team to execute, and, ideally, a smart system to keep everyone on the same page from start to finish, can keep your project on track.
Communication Challenges in Construction
One of the main problems that often leads to errors during construction is miscommunication. Small issues can quickly transform into big delays because of poor communication between parties. Let’s look at some of the most common communication problems and how they can have a significant effect on your construction projects.
1. Information Gaps
It takes a large team of people to complete a construction project, and they all have different levels of experience and knowledge of the types of work being done. From proper installation methods to safety requirements or changes in code requirements, making assumptions or lack of knowledge during decision making can lead to costly mistakes.
2. Improper Documentation
Communication issues also arise due to errors or information missing from drawings, documents, and orders. This can happen when not everyone involved has the latest update to a rendering or design plan, or if all the information about the project isn’t easily accessible or properly documented.
3. Confusion Around Roles and Responsibilities
Although it may seem like the job responsibilities of contractors, managers, and designers is clearly understood by everyone, the issue of who should deal with specific problems at different stages of construction can be a bit muddy. Simple issues, like how change orders should be communicated and who should document deliveries of materials, to higher-level problems, like who is the main point of contact for subcontractors, may not be discussed upfront or passed on to everyone. This can lead to confusion and, most likely, mistakes at the job site.