Project Controls: Unifying the Back Office and the Field

Why are project controls in construction important?

It’s easy for construction projects to slow down or go over budget. Good project control practices are necessary to give contractors a way to fight back against cost and schedule overruns as well as limit project risk. An organization with the right project controls in place can tell early on when issues are getting in the way of project objectives, then quickly and effectively get things back on track.

What are the key elements of project controls in construction?

A project manager who has access to accurate and up-to-date reports can manage more effectively than one who must learn from sporadic updates. Furthermore, a team with automation features to assist with everything from bid management to the project schedule can be more productive than one relying too heavily on manual operations.

Using CMiC’s project control capabilities can be the “secret sauce” that gets projects completed on budget and on time.  An overall project management plan can be broken down into distinct functional areas. The following are four of the key capabilities that can point the way to successful projects, every time out.

Change Management

Change management for construction projects has become increasingly complex, driven by the growing number of organizations involved in any given project. In order for projects to be successful, your teams need to stay on top of any and all changes by having access to the most up-to-date and accurate information and fully understanding the scope of work, the schedule and the costs involved.

Access costs that are automatically updatedReduce misinformation and improve clarity
Manage orders through their entire lifecycleMonitor and approve requests from a single location
Enter and approve change orders entirely onlineReduce wait times for approvals
Generate change orders from answered RFIsImprove responsiveness to drive greater client satisfaction

Enhance Subcontractor Relationship Management

With CMiC, your teams can manage subcontractors from start to finish by integrating all subcontractor activity into your workflows. By leveraging our Project Controls solution, your subcontractors become an extension of your own staff.

Create, track and approve vendor applications entirely onlineGain full control of all subcontracting arrangements
Prequalify subcontractors before they start work on a projectLog all subcontractor communications for future reference
Manage licenses, trade types and insurance informationCloser oversight helps to ensure subcontractor compliance
Store performance ratings from past work by each subcontractorBetter selection of subcontractors leads to lower operational risks

Bid & Procurement Management

CMiC facilitates the management of all data, information and communications related to the bid process, from estimate to buy out, eliminating unnecessary steps and allowing your users to drill down into details and make better procurement decisions.

Seamlessly integrate bid estimates into the overall processManage bid process information centrally and more effectively
Track and analyze each bid from a subcontractorMake the bidding and selection process efficient, objective and predictable
Automate the process of receiving bids for bid packagesGenerate customized and detailed bid packages
Define exclusions, inclusions and special pricing for bid packagesAutomate the bidder evaluation process

Cost, Revenue & Budget Management

With CMiC’s robust Project Controls capabilities, your teams can track and monitor time, expenses, supplier and capital costs, essentially managing the project budget with confidence. You can create different cost structures based on project, country and business process requirements — this is to manage multiple projects across several geographies, all while complying with different standards. In addition, you can create bills and invoices in a variety of flexible formats to meet any job requirements.

Track and monitor time, expenses and capital costsComply with different accounting standards
Define and deploy different cost philosophiesIncrease precision and transparency
Quickly generate bills and invoices in a variety of formatsDetect billing issues and take fast corrective actions
Manage projects across regions with different accounting standardsTrack project budgets accurately and with confidence

To learn more about the business benefits that Project Controls can deliver, please download the solutions brief.

Watch this webinar to learn how construction professionals are gaining greater visibility into their field operations with real time data from all job sites. With a suite of mobile applications that are as robust as what you have in the back office, you can review construction drawings, enter daily journals, and track crew hours and budget details all from the palm of your hand — no matter where you are working from.


Why Construction Firms Should Deploy CMiC for Project Controls

A purpose-built and centralized digital project control systems helps construction firms manage complex, multifaceted projects and organizational relationship and scale up as their business needs change


Your business has the potential to grow faster and for longer—but your teams need to keep up. Invest in the software to help them do just that. The CMiC platform is purpose-built for the construction industry, ensuring that your users, and the unique workflows that they manage, are not just supported, but also enhanced by the right capabilities. Speak with an expert to learn how CMiC can help you grow faster while boosting your profits.
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