For most people, a successful construction project is simply one that is completed. They consider construction a nuisance because it slows traffic or is a loud distraction outside their window and are therefore relieved when the project is complete and life returns to normal. But in reality, there is so much more to creating and delivering successful projects.

 

At Rhumbix, our employees have worked on major construction endeavors worldwide and have experienced first-hand successes and failures on the jobsite. Below are a few areas we focus on when planning for project success and, by extension, what we are building into our mobile platform.


 

Health and Safety: At Rhumbix, we believe productive projects are safe, and vice versa, so planning for project success will always rely on effective health, safety, and environmental management programs. First and foremost, did our friends, colleagues, and workers experience incidents or injuries while on the jobsite. All incidents and accidents are preventable, and appropriate safety management techniques and practices form the foundation upon which project success is built.

Budgeting and Forecasting: Construction involves so many moving parts that delivering projects at or under budget will always be challenging. Cost is a significant resource constraint when procuring and executing construction. Still, at Rhumbix, we believe that value delivered to the customer is a better metric for measuring price than simply the lowest cost. The lowest bid is rarely the best price for the owner and often masks a significant risk that costs will rise. Contractors often bid on work, knowing that design changes will enable the price to grow as the project scope is more clearly defined.

At Rhumbix we believe that value delivered to the customer is a better metric for measuring price than simply the lowest cost.

Construction is such a dynamic process that changes in scope are difficult to avoid, so real-time visibility and a transparent understanding of site operations go a long way towards identifying the proper factors impacting project cost performance and enabling more insightful and intelligent decisions that support budgeting and forecasting efforts.

Planning: Effective planning is, without doubt, the essential control tool for construction. Scheduling cost management support, project execution, and planning to get them built. Planning is, however, complicated by the use of different systems and processes. High-level milestone schedules and management or control schedules exist in programs like Primavera. However, more detailed look ahead and weekly work plans are often developed in Excel or on Post-it notes in pull planning sessions. Disconnects between schedules and plans and offices and the field complicate construction planning development, distribution, consumption, and feedback.

Rhumbix facilitates sharing of information between developers of the plan and the people who have to use them by creating a feedback loop from foremen in the field to planners and supervisors. Assuring that plans reflect what can be built and what is getting built is key to effective project planning.

Productivity: Efficient use of resources is key to productive construction, yet many factors can hinder productivity. From faulty or missing materials to design clashes, broken equipment, to unexpected weather, obstacles for work crews exist around every corner.

Construction is all about getting the right people and materials to the right place at the right time, and effective communication plays a big role in making this happen.

At Rhumbix, we know we don’t have all the answers, but the craftsmen at the work face probably do. Construction is all about getting the right people and materials to the right place at the right time, and effective communication plays a significant role in making this happen. Rhumbix provides a means for project stakeholders to communicate issues impacting productivity like never before. We’ve built customized workflows and processes that aid in identifying changing conditions and allow them to be recorded and quantified so meaningful action can be taken.


There is no such thing as a standardized construction project, and there is rarely a template you can overlay from a previous project that guarantees success. Large projects in scope and scale inevitably have lots of challenges and growing pains, and even smaller projects can be enormously complex.

The extent to which you can tie process and people together is going a long way to build the foundations and conditions that lead to success.

This is why it’s so important to have the data you need when you need it. Success hinges on connecting the dynamics of crews and project teams through sharing timely and accurate data.

The extent to which you can tie process and people together is going a long way to building the foundations and conditions that lead to success for everyone involved, whether you’re the worker who built it or the person who inhabits the built environment once it is completed.