25 Surprising Facts about Construction Coordination

12 December 2018All, Construction



If you’re in the construction business, you may have cringed when you saw this title. Over the years, maybe you’ve gotten used to the delays, the workarounds, going over budget and past deadlines. It’s what happens in an industry full of human beings. Maybe you’re being dragged kicking and screaming into the vortex of technology that’s overtaking the design and construction industry. Or, if you’re new in the business, your impression may be that construction coordination is dysfunctional. As you digest this list, keep in mind that the technology exists today to solve many of these issues. Imagine what life could be like if even half were improved upon.

25 Surprising Facts about Construction Coordination

1.) Poor or inadequate coordination is the best that’s achieved on construction sites 1

2.) If the construction schedule is too tight or doesn’t allow for changes in labor availability and churn, pressures of meeting a deadline can result in faulty work 2

3.) There is a lack of understanding about how day-to-day construction coordination should be achieved 1

4.) Identifying strategic activities and potential delays while ensuring the timeliness of all work are the most important coordination steps in construction 1

5.) Construction coordination should provide continuity from planning to engineering, resolve issues quickly, and ensure the contractor is accountable to the client.

6.) Design changes, errors and omissions as a group are the major cause of rework in construction This is despite the fact that the technology exists to identify, record and resolve errors more efficiently than ever before.

7.) The right training can reduce costs of a construction project over time by increasing productivity and decreasing the likelihood of mistakes and errors 2

8.) Safety, quality assurance, procurement support and field document control all need to be part of construction management.

9.) 18% of warranty claims are due to improper quality and safety training and tracking of workers 9

10.) Integrating coordination – like time and cost visualization – at an early stage of the construction project is key to the success of a project.

11.) Rework accounts for up to 20% of the cost of a typical construction project 4

12.) Documenting project execution and management of MEP are as important as other preparations for construction.

13.) Adding technology to a construction company without training on it, is like buying “easy to assemble” furniture without the instructions.

14.) A work environment that doesn’t encourage effective teamwork can actually create adversarial relationships, with a significant negative effect on productivity.

15.) There are companies who offer incentives for collaborative team members (ie. contractors) to catch errors and report them, referred to as “shared pain and gain.” The alternative is staying quiet about errors to avoid penalties 3

16.) Using cloud technology instead of paper-based workflows can result in a 65% or greater increase in productivity on construction projects 10

17.) More than half of rework claims are due to inaccurate field data, and a quarter are due to late deliveries or the wrong concrete, steel prefab windows or mechanical equipment. The proper software can give workers access to the latest changes, markups, RFI responses and issue resolutions 5

18.) The construction industry has been struggling with smaller margins and greater complexity for years. Most wasted time on a construction project is due to waiting on answers, visits back and forth to the construction trailer to align with plans, and manually updating paper checklists 5

19.) 76% of contractors using cloud-based technology report better team collaboration 8

20.) Increasingly more owners expect contractors to use cloud-based technology on their projects and are writing it into contracts. Many also expect a digital handover once the project is completed.

21.) MEP and fire protection systems can account for 40-60% of the total cost of a construction project. And while the complexity of these systems and the cost of materials has increased over the years, the availability of skilled labor to install them has steadily declined 6

22.) Smaller firms may be in a position to benefit the most from using technology in the cloud. Entry by subscription is at a low price. An inhouse IT department is not necessarily required. The typical jumble of emails, faxes and paperwork is replaced by simultaneous job-related updates and reports available in the cloud via multiple devices 7

23.) Using field management (BIM 360 Build) checklists – such as room-by-room electrical or concrete pre-pour – requires only a few minutes of setup and pays big dividends in scheduling and tracking issues for quality assurance.

24.) Model coordination (BIM 360 Glue) shows clashes and how to avoid them. Clashes can be filtered by model, discipline or user. Collaborate about clashes with other teams without time-consuming meetings. Cost management allows review of potential change items.

25.) While it may not be realistic to entirely eliminate rework and warranty claims, most projects typically suffer from too much of both. Cloud-based technology can help construction companies save significant time and money 1

Possibly the most surprising thing about construction coordination is that the technology exists today to make this process efficient and save time and money on jobs. In 2016, a global survey showed that over half of contractors with $50-million or more in annual construction value use the BIM process. The same survey showed 41% of trade contractors are using BIM.

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  1. Journal of Management in Engineering, October 2001
  2. PlanGrid.com, June 2018
  3. “The cost of rework: Finding the key to improving productivity in construction,” Quality.org, May 2017
  4. “A Guide to Construction Rework Reduction,” Construction Industry Institute, 2011
  5. “Connect & Construct,” Autodesk, April 2017
  6. Hoar Construction, 2014

“Autodesk Construction Dive,” May 2018

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