CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Daily life and routines have changed immensely in a relatively short amount of time. Depending on the region you live and work in, your experiences may vary greatly compared to others. For some, all construction has come to a grinding halt, but others may continue to work in some capacity, where it is still permitted.
The recent Construction Dive Opinion piece, 5 steps to proactively prepare your construction project to get back online after the COVID-19 crisis has several helpful ideas. One step we’d like to focus on and hopefully help with is: Step 1 - Extensively document the status of the project. Completing a thorough walkthrough inspection of your site prior to closing down can help you get back online when you get the green light to resume work.
Here are 3 tips for effective construction inspections during the COVID-19 crisis.
Clearly identify what each subcontractor and other project stakeholder needs to do or address when work resumes. Determining which trade type has the most outstanding items will enable you to strategically schedule the subcontractors when it’s go-time again. Using location-based technology like FinishLine means that you can target exactly where items are located on project plans, making it easier for subcontractors to find and resolve issues in the field.Include attachments
Because time might be limited on project sites during walkthroughs right now, taking photos for each item provides additional details you may have overlooked. If you need to have other team members review punch list items or project details, have them add their signature and time stamp to the item as an added layer of documentation.Share reports with project stakeholders
With many people working from home sitting in front of their computers, you likely have a captivated audience with ample time to review reports and provide input. By sharing reports with project stakeholders you’ll get everyone on the same page, even if they are working at a distance.
We recognize this is an unsteady time on many levels but finding ways to assess current projects and looking towards the future is crucial for successful project management. Taking action steps like conducting and implementing a thorough walkthrough will serve as a strong foundation for when work resumes.
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Completing a thorough walkthrough inspection of your site prior to closing down can help you get back online when you get the green light to resume work.