Project Management Resource and News Blog

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Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Tools

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries face many challenges. In particular, when managing a cross section of projects. From complex large projects to many smaller projects, technology can transform the design and delivery of them all.

Working ac…

A Guide to Risk Assessment in Construction

Construction sites have inherent risks, no matter whether it is a multi storey building or a house renovation. Too often a realized risk can cause personal injury. Or, a serious risk not well managed can wipe out a whole company. Construction risk assessment and manage…

Tips on Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Construction safety is everyone’s responsibility. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has numerous regulations to assist residential construction employers and employees in providing safe and healthful workplaces. So, the onus is on all employers t…

Creating construction project management templates

No matter how you look at it, no matter the size, keeping a construction project on track is tough at the best of times. As a project manager, there is constant pressure from all directions. Pressure to manage subcontractors and stay on budget and time, while ensuring…

Creating a risk assessment method statement

Creating a method statement. You require a safety method statement for all jobs or tasks that have some measure of risk. A subcontractor may need to as part of a tender/quote or before starting work. Safety method statements are a commitment to the health and safety of…

Creating a Construction O and M Manual Template

These days creating an O and M manual template for a construction project is as simple as you make it. You can compile the information and produce the document yourself. Use a word processing tool like Word or, a digital process to produce compliant, professional digit…

Ask any project planner or scheduler and they will tell you that scheduling is often undervalued in keeping a project running on time and budget. The project schedule is central to setting out the timelines to complete the tasks as outlined in the project plan. It is a…

Construction moving towards integrated safety

Construction safety is key to protecting the nearly 6.5 million people who work on construction sites every single day.

A Guide to Construction Risk Assessment

Construction risk assessment is a real challenge as part of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration role. There are over 4,500 work related fatalities in the United States every year. So, you would think that the days of pen and paper to manage risk, safety an…

Project Controls from RaptorPM

The term “project management” has a wide and varied meaning, depending on what role different people or organizations play. Whereas the term “project control” has a more definitive meaning around how the project manager controls deviations from the original project pla…

AEC project management and tracking solutions

Source: AEC project management and tracking solutions

There are many challenges within the AEC industries for project managing from the large complex project to multiple smaller projects. These challenges faced by the project manager can include understanding the deliverables the project, budgets, costs, margins, job costing and multi-team communication.

RaptorPM project management solutions provides the tools so your projects don’t lose money. We give project teams the tools to deal with clients, Architects, Engineers, Consultants and QS firms.

Still image from the Autodesk Future of Making Things video. Image demonstrates how the next generation of digital technology will change the way things are designed and made.

Our project management software is ideally suited for the AEC industries.  A secure, robust web based solution, RaptorPM delivers a comprehensive and powerful set of project management tools to help project teams to plan and manage any number of projects. At RaptorPM we see project management as managing people’s activity around the core project details. This approach empowers project leaders to set measurable tasks, manage document flow and emails, co-ordinate project communication, and assign the right resources to the right job for the best set of outcomes.

The purpose of project accounting for any AEC business goes beyond understanding that behind every project is a series of financial data. RaptorPM gives the user the ability to create reports that help analyse the health and progress of their projects. Instant access to the critical information for architecture and engineering project managers to understand the status of their projects such as budget control and where projects are in terms of profitability.

In the world of AEC project management, for the most part resources equal people (project managers, contractors, subcontractors, design companies, specialists etc.) all of whom should be working around a central platform for project information.

RaptorPM allows the user to create projects around some core data points of project information. Then, tasks and time frames are set, resources will be assigned through a work breakdown structure, project related documents are stored in central folders, contact data is then linked to a project.

The project leaders will also be able to use a structured resource and capacity planner to forward plan all resources, capability bandwidth and ensure resources to undertake the identified tasks across all stages of the project. As RaptorPM gives the project managers visibility into the capacity of project teams, they minimize the risk of over-allocating work and missing those deadlines.

AEC are demanding solutions that help them adopt standardization in the project management area while also facilitating flexibility at an individual project manager level. RaptorPM does not only help with standardization of key project management processes across the entire organization, it helps improve performance management, team collaboration and dashboards for client specific reporting at the individual project level.

Oil and Gas Project Management

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Due to environmental, financial and legislative pressures, projects in the oil and gas industry face serious challenges. Oil and Gas production has also become increasingly complex and technologically demanding due to schedules and budgets being tight, safety risk factors and every project faces concerns regarding publicity impacts.

RaptorPM project management software has an established pedigree working with projects in the oil and gas industry allowing project managers of large projects follow a structured, consistent methodology framework that guides their decisions and processes. These frameworks on RaptorPM include:

• Document and Formalize project phases including checkpoints

• Assign accountability to each member within the integrated project team

• Set up dashboard reports for checks and balances between functions and project teams

• 24/7 Ability to continuous measure project status and monitor risk

RaptorPM Features Specific for Oil and Gas Project Management

Easily create decision checkpoints so the project team can review, co-cordinate and decide on project phases completion. To ensure all the project stages remain relevant, the software allows users to continuously revise their stage frameworks to align them with any evolving business conditions.

Every successful project is built on effective decision making. This means the entire project team has to have clear roles and responsibilities, a shared interest in the project’s objectives, and access to the software tools that drives accountability.

RaptorPM works with project managers in areas of staffing, scheduling, defining processes, risk management and ensuring control of every aspect of the project activities. It also has features and dashboards to support the project team’s decisions around the projects’ deliverables.

Guide to Risk Assessment in Construction

Source: A Guide to Risk Assessment in Construction

Construction sites have inherent risks, no matter whether it is a multi story building or a house renovation. Too often a realized risk can cause personal injury. Or, a serious risk not well managed can wipe out a whole company. Construction risk assessment and management is essential to successfully completing each building project.


Defining risk

A risk is an event that may or may not happen. Risk is uncertainty of an outcome that can cause construction project issues. No matter what the project, there is a certain amount of unavoidable risk. Risks are not hazards but they are events. Risks can refer to behavior, processes and procedures, and events. You need to decide what level of risk is acceptable in terms of value to the business.

Risks can include events that have:

  • only negative variances or results – referred to as pure risk

  • both negative and positive variances (eg. where there is a risk of loss or gain) – referred to as speculative risk

  • only positive variances and the possibility of gain – these may not always be identified as risks.

Construction is a risky business. It is not possible to avoid all risks. Instead you must meet relevant legislation to manage, monitor, minimize and mitigate risks. For this you need easy to follow processes that help your organization and staff make the right decisions. So, you must complete a risk assessment to calculate the risks.

 Managing construction risks

Managing risks is an important element of all construction projects. It involves completing a risk assessment of all work sites. It is important to assign each risk to the right people to take responsibility. There must be good processes and procedures in place to track and report on major risks.

There are four main aspects to managing construction risks:

  • identifying risks:

·       establish what risks can impact a project including:

·       Occupational. Occupational risks include workers at risk of receiving an injury and possible death because of the actions of others, weather, unforeseen circumstances and procedures.

·       Contractual. Contractual risks include penalties for not meeting milestone deadlines.

·       Project. Project risks include inadequate processes and procedures, project resources and time management.

·       Financial. Financial risks include interest rate rises, economic instability and insufficient funds.

·       Natural. Natural risks include severe weather events, storms, floods and earthquakes.

·       Stakeholder. Stakeholder risks include communication problems, misunderstandings about deliverables and punch lists at the end of a project.

·       create and maintain a risk register.

  • analyzing risks:

    • assess the time and cost effects of each risk if it occurs – consider its probability of occurring and its impact on the project (time delays, cost)

    • consider the likelihood of each risk occurring.

  • responding to risks:

    • involve all team members when assigning ownership of workplace risks

    • address risks before they cause consequences

    • put processes and procedures in place to monitor, manage and mitigate risks

    • reduce the threat of a risk by either removing or minimizing its threat.

  • reviewing risks:

    • review and update risk information during the life of the project

    • review risks to ensure to ensure adequate management of them.

Responding to risks

Once the construction risk assessment is complete, respond to the risks it identified. Construction risks are complex, but are still categorized as follows:

  1. Avoid accepting projects in flood prone areas during the wet season, for example.

  2. Use insurance and contract clauses to transfer risks.

  3. There are always safety hazards on a construction site. You can mitigate these with appropriate training and correct personal protective equipment for staff.

  4. Weather is a risk beyond anyone’s control. Good project management lessens the impact.

Using the right resources to manage risks

Selecting the right resources to help manage risks can help keep projects on track. New methods can eliminate and mitigate risks. Such as using drones to reduce safety hazards and prefabricated modules in buildings to reduce time spent with the building at risk to the weather.

Using the right management software can make managing construction risks easier and less time-consuming. As a construction company grows, it takes on more projects simultaneously. Construction project risk assessment and management software integrates and links into all company projects to keep everyone on track for the life-cycle of each project.