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Project Management - Members of the Building Team

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________________ Members of the Building team Managing Director The managing director is usually the owner of the company. They are responsible for overall planning from the work load itself, the financial side of the business and profits to future contracts which are being tended for. The managing director will have to assess cash flows, financial managing workload, risk assessments. Site manager All site managers usually have a trade in the construction industry. A site manager can also be known as Building manager, Construction Manager or Site Agent. There job role is to assess operations which take place on a day to day basis. Site Managers have to make sure that work is done safely, in a correct manner and under the time schedule. All work has to be in the correct standards and within budget. They can be in charge of more than one site, either part of a project or the whole site itself. This all depends on how big the project is some site managers have to report to a senior manager who will have to deal with several projects at one time. Site managers have to have a close interaction with architects, surveyors, planners, engineers and most importantly will keep the client up to date on the progression of the project. A site manager needs to be: * Organised. ...read more.


The estimator has to gather up calculations on the cheapest overall cost of the project so that the client will gain a profit. Estimators may spend a lot of time in an office working out tender documentations. There is a nature for deadlines to be met which means sometimes working overtime to meet schedules is needed. Most estimators have site experience and skills similar to a quantity surveyor. Maths and I.T. Skills is essential as well as being able to solve issues to do with finance and being able to come up with financial conclusions. Site supervisor The site supervisor has to communicate with the client, employees, sub contractors and the management team. On some sites there are site supervisors for different working areas within the project and update the site manager with feedback on a daily basis. The site supervisor is responsible for: * Co-coordinating team members/sub-contractors. * Management of day to day operations. * Good communication, team and interpersonal skills. * Being able to solve problems and act on decisions. * Being able to deal with stress. * Time management. * Site workers/Sub-Contractors. * Material, plant movement and resourceful action in regards to not wasting materials. * Health and Safety for all workers on the site. General foreperson The main duty of a general foreperson is to supervise the area or labours, coordinating others, working with the schedule set out, having a plan and budget for the construction project and control management. ...read more.


This is then all negotiated till there is some kind of agreement. This kind of information may be written or verbally communicated to the principle contractor e.g. architects instructions (A.I.), Drawings and specifications and minutes of meetings are all kinds of communication the architect and principle contractor use to interact and discuss any issues or about the progression. * The principle contractor/contracts manager will have a close relationship with their site managers and supervisors. This type of interaction will be communicated either by phone, email or fax. This type of interaction will be on a daily basis and this is to ensure that the site manager has all the right information and that the principle contract/contractors manager knows what progression is made and/or if any problems have arise. * The site managers will have a close relationship with the general forepersons. The type of interaction involved between the site manger and the general foreperson will usually be verbally on a daily basis. This will involve meetings first thing about the schedule and main objectives that the trades people have to do, the resources that are required as well as any deadlines that need to be meet within the time schedule and the architects information which will be in writing. * The general forepersons/craft operatives will both have a close relationship with the general operatives. Between all these team members the interaction will involve communicating on a daily basis verbally to get daily targets met. ...read more.

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