Construction & Site Supervision: Last Stage Of Design & Build
What is Construction?
Construction begins with compliance of specifications in the documentation set. The design intent is ensured in tandem with the on-site manufacture or construction. On construction sites large and small, supervision has a key role to play in preventing accidents.
Typical supervisory functions include planning and allocating work, making decisions, monitoring performance and compliance, providing leadership and building teamwork, and ensuring workforce involvement. Supervision is therefore heavily involved in the running of a typical construction project and in particular in ensuring that health and safety is effectively managed.
What is Site Supervision?
Therefore, we provide site supervision service for our clients due to decreasing our clients' tension to worry about the site and renovation during the construction. Whatever definition is taken or used, the importance of supervision remains a critical consideration and plays a key role in ensuring that the management arrangements put in place by the client and the contents of the construction phase plan developed by the principal contractor are achieved and maintained.
During the site supervision, we show our positive commitment to site supervision through, for example, sufficient financial investment in supervision. We know that supervisors need to show leadership and they need to set a good example to others in both their actions and attitudes.
How involved in the Construction Project Team?
The construction of a building involves many people: Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Contractors, Sub-Contractors all working together to meet the needs of the Client. These construction professionals are brought together for a specific construction project and then disbanded once construction is complete.
The client is the person or company for which the building is being built. Clients will define the aesthetic and functional needs for their building. They usually rely on experts to select products, clients only get involved because of special requirements such as sustainability or life time value or costs. Traditionally it is the architect or designer that guides the client when it comes to product selection. Yet clients with large property portfolios will often indicate preferred products.
2. Interior Designer
An interior designer is not only an advisor to the client, but often, also a consultant to the contractor and experts. Designers from time to time are also expected to negotiate with various industry experts in their procurement of products and installation of materials, such as structural engineers when commissioning a light fitting or Asbestos reports before commissioning wall paneling. Designers also need to consult with planners due to compliance obligations from changes generated in the design scheme. A designer must therefore possess knowledge of a multitude of skills. These skills include a strong grasp of mathematics for measuring, calculating dimensions, quantities and budgets for financial control.
Some designers also act as the project manager by giving instructions to the contractor and specialists, this is a different role to interior design and should not be confused as part of a designers role. Interior designers should plan the space to maximize the function and safe movement within it as well as take airflow, heat, extraction, electrical and plumbing regulations into account.
Some demolished and rebuilt projects need to hire an Architect to the project team. Architect develops the buildings’ design, taking the client’s brief and combining it with the advice of the specialist consultants. This then has to be developed to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations and increasingly sustainability. Architects have significant involvement in product selection.
Architects want to understand how the product contributes to their overall design and the building’s performance. They are often short on time so it is important, when presenting the product, that the information is easy to understand and to the point. Provide tools, such as pre-written specification documents, to make it easy for the architect to specify product.
4. Specialist Consultants
There are specialist consultants for an array of subjects; sustainability, acoustics, fire, security to name just a few. Most will not get involved in product selection, but do write the overall performance specification, which indicates the performance criteria that must be attained by the chosen product. So specialist consultants indirectly influence product choice. It is usually the architect who is responsible for interpreting these requirements. Requirements can present conflicting demands and the consultant may then advise on the best way to achieve a result – that is suggest products. So it’s important that they know what benefits the products can deliver.
Specialist consultants will be interested in how product meets performance and safety requirements.
Working with the architect will be a number of engineers that are responsible for structural, mechanical and electrical design. The structural engineer is a key member of the project team. Structural engineers design the skeleton or structure of the building, enabling architects to focus their talents on creating a design that satisfies their client’s demands.
Structural engineers will monitor the progress of an architectural project. They create initial design models, using in-depth mathematical and scientific knowledge. When work has begun, they inspect the work and advise contractors.
Structural engineers must ensure their designs satisfy given criteria, that they are safe, serviceable and perform well. They will want to understand how product meets their performance requirements.
The contractor oversees and manages the construction of the building for the client, following the interior designer, architect and engineers’ designs. The work is delivered under a contractual agreement. The main contractor will select subcontractors based on the capability, availability and price. Subcontractors include many specialist trades.
The contractor is looking for products that offer ease of installation, good availability & represent value. They want confidence that their subcontractors are familiar with installation, to avoid complications. They need to know that building work will not be delayed by lack of product availability and that product cost remains within the estimate, so they can remain profitable.
Why Site Supervision Is Important
No matter the size of the construction site, the possibilities for risks and injuries can be incredibly high. When we consider these threats, the need for site supervision becomes understandable. When we hire a construction site supervisor, we are ensuring that we’re meeting safety and legal requirements that help protect us and our workers.
1. Improve Performance
While we might all hope that staff and facilities would perform their jobs effectively and safely regardless of whether they’re supervised or not, the reality is much less appealing. In a number of high profile construction site accidents, including the Piper Alpha Oil Rig Fire, a lack of supervision is a major factor. There are often other factors at play when there is a construction accident, but lack of supervision is a major issue.
2. Legal Aspects
Along with helping with performance, having supervisors on hand helps to ensure that our construction site is following all legal requirements. There are a variety of legal requirements and acts that set standards for supervision and the number of personnel needed to supervise. Not only do these regulations establish how many supervisors must be present, but what protocol they must follow and what safety processes must be in place.
Why need Site Supervision Service?
The supervisory arrangements in place must be assessed and appraised to ensure that all key supervisory functions are clearly defined and appropriately allocated. Achievable targets had been set and visible support given. We allowed the time and the opportunity to interact with others to fulfill all of their supervisory responsibilities. The performance of supervisors must be measured, audited and reviewed.
Lip service is often given to the provision of supervision on site. To be effective, we are always methodically and critically considered. Its provision must be planned, managed and monitored. Anything less will see inadequate supervision continue to be a feature of the many accidents that occur on construction sites.
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