Planning Your New Civil Works

18 November 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Are you responsible for overseeing a civil building project? While small building projects may be able to be managed with only a small team, when it comes to civil works, there are often far more people involved. You might need to build a new bridge or perhaps a canal to assist with the drainage of a marshy area. Alternatively, you could be charged with the erection of something like an apartment block or office complex. Completing these large-scale projects generally requires the involvement of stakeholders from a variety of sectors.

Planning civil works

One of the things that can make the planning of civil works so complex is the number of different interest groups and stakeholders who will all want their point to view to be heard and who must all be satisfied that the project is going to be implemented in a way that at least does them no harm and, preferably, is advantageous for them. Planning new civil works will generally begin with the drafting of an initial plan, and then when all of the relevant concerns have been addressed, an implementation plan is produced.

Observing new civil works

The creation of the implementation plan is an important stage, but it is vital that the implementation plan is followed as expected, so you will probably need to create a project monitoring group so that everyone can have confidence that all of the agreed steps are being followed. Your monitoring group could contain technical specialists or civil engineers, depending on the nature of the project. They must have the skills needed to check that the civil works are being constructed in line with the agreed plan and are fully compliant with all of the building regulations.

What happens when civil works need to change?

Often civil works can be completed entirely as agreed without incident, but there will occasionally be times when the situation on the ground requires a change of procedure. Maybe the ground is not as solid as expected, so the foundation needs to change. Perhaps a mistake was made in construction which requires a compensating change elsewhere in the project. Your monitoring team will record these changes and ensure that all of the relevant stakeholders are informed, that they are happy with any proposed changes and that the project stays within the agreed budget and remains on track for the scheduled completion date.

Contact civil works contractors in your area to learn more.