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Construction Management Services

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The Builders’ project management and planning systems are crucial to building construction and handover. These result amongst other things in:

  • The selection and allocation of appropriately trained and experienced staff and supervision;
  • The effective contracting of suppliers and subcontractors who are fully informed of all of the designers requirements and have been selected on the basis of a proven capacity to deliver;
  • Project planning which results in the correct and timely sequencing of works. This is important for building quality aside from providing for compliance with a tight building program which if poorly managed can result in quality issues;
  • Implementation of a comprehensive Quality Assurance and Quality Control system which ensures, monitors and records building compliance to project requirements (This may include authorities, designers, owners, operators and other stakeholders requirements, aside from that of the Building Code of Australia.).
  • Risk Management to drive the effective identification of risks and control measures. Risk Management may be focussed on HSE, technical, contractual, commercial, and operational or maintenance risks and mitigate the potential for uncontrolled issues and defects.
  • Commissioning and handover processes to ensure that all contractual obligations are met. These may include processes for inspection, commissioning and testing; documentation to demonstrate numerous statutory and contractual compliances; submission of contractor, subcontractor and specialist supplier or vendor construction compliance statements and warrantees as applicable; development of comprehensive O & M manuals and roll out of a comprehensive training program for operators and maintainers; and development and handover of construction as built drawings, specifications and other documentation. These processes ensure the safe and compliant operation and maintenance in accordance with the design, construction and product manufacturing intent. This ensures achievement of efficient and safe building operation and the design life for each element.

Due to pressures cost or time pressures, difficulties in staffing and subcontracting works, the above inputs can be compromised and result in construction issues which may be defects or may fall short of other builders obligations.

Typical Construction Management Issues and Consequences

Examples of typical issues and their consequences are noted below.

  • Builders and contractors are sometimes unable or fail to allocate appropriate numbers of experienced and trained staff. Consequences of this may be lack of identification of critical authorities and designer requirements; ill-considered or uninformed acceptable of risks; failure to implement robust management processes in regard to contracting and subcontracting, planning and programming, materials management, supervision and control of workmanship, testing and commissioning; and documentation and handover.
  • Subcontractor selection and contracting is a high risk activity for Contractors. Typically a subcontract is awarded to the lowest bidder. This approach can sometimes favour those with the least appreciation of the trade scope, awareness of risks, experience, the cheapest labour (who may be the least skilled) and the leanest management overheads. While larger companies may have processes to mitigate the resultant risks of this process, cost and time pressures can compromise the results. Smaller and mid-tier companies typically do not have these processes, resulting in subcontracting based on ambiguous incomplete documentation, which may exclude important contractual, technical, programming and sequencing, handover, quality and warrantee requirements.
  • Planning is often overlooked but vital in order to achieve quality and compliant buildings. Modern buildings are required to achieve higher standards of architecture, energy efficiency, automation, amenity, integration, operational compliance, maintainability, health and safety, cost efficiency and structural efficiency. In order to achieve these standards they are more complex and require greater skill and effort in planning works and coordination of the works. This provides for the correct sequencing of trades, drying times for wet trades, integration of structural, fabric, finishes and services trades, works completion activities including testing, commissioning, punch-listing, documentation and handover.
  • The results of poor planning are often seen on projects but planning is rarely identified as a root cause. Examples of these results may include:
  • Omission of services in walls and floors and subsequent deficient and compromising attempts to retrofit;
  • Materials delivery delays which may impact the program;
  • Excess moisture issues in substrates and resultant cracking;
  • Compromises to the integrity of services resulting in operational non compliances and premature failure;
  • Excess movements manifest in cracking and services failures;
  • Building out of trade access resulting in works becoming inaccessible and compromises being instigated as a result;
  • Improperly prepared substrates, discontinuities in membranes and applied finishes, and breaches of manufacturers application instructions;
  • Damage to finishes as trades undertake corrective works;
  • Late repairs and patching;
  • Failure to fully identify the impact of out of sequence works on compliance;
  • Inability to adequately test and commission the building or facility;
  • Repeat inspection, testing and commissioning activities;
  • Delays which invariably increase pressures on the building team and may compromise quality through non-compliant and untimely sequencing;
  • Contractual disputes between contracting parties stemming from delays and out of sequence works;

Through our extensive experience with construction management and planning processes across all classes of buildings and all industry sectors, Cornerstone Construction Consultants provides assistance to building owners, designers, builders and operators to provide efficient building management throughout the construction phase.

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Building Defects

In recent years there have been a number of high profile cases that have tested the builder’s liability for defects.
In this case, the owner ( or their representative) is responsible to identify and notify the builder of a defect. So it is important that those hidden issues are identified before it is too late – before the builder’s liability is extinguished or a major failure.

Cornerstone Construction Consultants provides a range of Defect Management services, from a single issue service, to a comprehensive management process

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Building Disputes

Building Design and Construction is progressively becoming more complex and therefore it is common that during construction handover and commencement of Building occupancy and operations, and throughout the life of a building, that disputes occur. These issues may result in breaches of WA Building Regulations, health and safety issues in operations and maintenance, breaches of builder and manufacturer warrantee obligations, inefficient and unsustainable building operations and maintenance, loss of building functionality and unnecessary wear and susceptibility to damage of building elements.

Find out how Cornerstone Construction Consultants can bring clarity to the dispute and improve your options for successful resolution.

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Transition to Operations and Maintenance

Aren’t sure how to transition from construction to operations and maintenance? Aren’t clear on your obligations or those of your builder, operators and maintainers? Let us help you ensure regulatory compliance, maintain builder, operator and maintainer liabilities and maximise the performance of your building.

We will assist you in the transition from construction to operations and maintenance to ensure compliance with statutory, technical, contractual and others requirements.

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