GCs: 4 Steps To Take When Everything Flows Downhill to You

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As a general contractor managing a project, the buck stops with you. Also, the schedule stops with you, the issues stop with you, and everything else, as they say, flows downhill . . . to you.

Following are four steps you can take to better manage your projects and stop the flow of stuff downhill to you.


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  1. Coordinate with the Field

When you centralize your documents, you can reduce project costs and errors.

Wouldn’t it be great if teams only worked from current information, instead of out-of-date drawings, details, instructions, and an alternate reality? You can eliminate these kinds of disconnects and ensure everyone is building from the correct versions of documents, drawings and models when you use Autodesk Build.

In addition, you can stay current on the job wherever you are working with cloud-based access from a web browser, tablet or mobile phone.

  1. Keep Schedules on Track

When you have real-time input on how your projects are proceeding, you can keep your schedules on track.

To achieve better communication and avoid costly incidents or the need for rework, teams should have access to every important detail when they need it.

There needs to be accountability from all stakeholders, especially when issues do arise. You can ensure that by connecting RFIs from the earliest stages of the project through to the end. In Autodesk Build, submittals and RFIs have a flexible, built-in review process that enables you to accommodate project-specific stakeholder involvement.


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  1. Stay Safe

It is your responsibility to identify safety risks and keep your teams safe during the project.

Whether risks are posed by blind spots, noise, equipment problems, or unsafe activities on the job, timely field reports are essential. You, your staff and subs can use mobile devices to document safety issues in real time, so the jobsite remains safe for everyone.

  1. Operate Within the Budget

Integrated financial systems using Autodesk Build help you succeed in meeting your budgetary spending limits.

When you have access to real-time financial information, you can maintain your company’s standards of quality while staying within the project’s budget. If you can uncover issues before they impact the project, you can save time and money. They can be assigned to the responsible person or team, and you can manage the situation, tracking resolution until the issues are corrected. 3D models can be leveraged while working in the field so you can check for discrepancies between the design and what is actually being built.

When you use Autodesk Construction Solutions like Autodesk Build for project management, the buck, the schedule and the issues won’t cause you the ultimate headache. Autodesk Build levels the field, so mostly the good stuff flows downhill to you.


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