What is a construction management plan?

A construction management plan (CMP) is the whole picture of how the construction project will be executed from start to finish. A project plan is needed for project managers, contractors, and stakeholders to ensure that the project will be well executed, safely completed on time, and within budget. 

What information CMP carries?

The CMP should include detailed information about the project’s scope, site description, schedule, budget, resources, risk assessments, and quality control measures. In some cases, especially for general contractors, it can include requirements for health and safety, noise control, traffic management, and other things. 

Scope of works

Project scope is a list of detailed activities that are needed to be performed in order to finish the project. Typically, the project team decides how to divide the scope into smaller activities. This activity is sometimes called work breakdown structure (WBS).  It should include how the tasks will be executed, special requirements, and objectives.

Project schedule

This section should include a detailed project schedule. How the activities will be executed, milestones, and critical tasks It should also include information on how long every task will be executed and whether there are critical milestones or dependencies from other subcontractors. 

Project budget

The project budget usually comes from confirmed price offers. It is critical to keep track of any additional tasks. Every single additional task increases the budget and should be documented. The plan should include information about project costs by activities, materials, overheads, etc. so that it is possible to track whether the project stays within budget. It should also state how the costs will be monitored. Very often, contractors fail at controlling job costs. 

Project resources

Another important part of any CMP are the resources. What kind of resources are needed in order to execute the project? For example, special equipment, heavy technique, specialists, and so on

Risk assessments

At this stage, you will have to evaluate project risks. Usually, you should review health risks, business risks, and technical risks. There can be many risks to review. For example:

Quality control measures.

The main goal of quality control is to prevent accidents, financial losses, and bad results from happening. Steps that need to be taken to meet the agreed-upon quality of the scope should be part of the quality control measures. Material manufacturers frequently state quality control measures. They have their own list of criteria that must be met. 

A construction management plan is needed for every project to make sure that it is completed successfully. It does this by providing a clear plan and structure for managing all parts of the project. The project manager’s work with CMP should start immediately as soon as the contract has been signed. A successful CMP requires a lot of knowledge, skills, and preparation. Once the CMP has been approved by stakeholders, it should be revised and tracked throughout the whole project cycle. 

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