A construction project is no cakewalk. Finishing a construction project on time and on budget is every builder’s goal. From crushing deadlines to strangling budgets, there is no disagreements with the fact that construction management is difficult.

It is believed that the construction industry sees no productivity growth in the past many years as compared to other industries. This directly throws light towards the disoriented and clumsy working system. Most likely, it’s because the construction industry is a bit old fashioned and resistant to change. In-efficient management leads to losses & delays in process execution, which results in the shrinking of profit margins.

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To understand the reasons more clearly, we carried out case studies and interviewed major stakeholders of any project. The assessment is based on the case studies. The challenging factors for the successful completion were obtained by interviewing each of the parties to the contract. Their opinions are summarized as follows:


The owners’ report on successful completion are summarized as follows:

  1. Too short contract duration provided by consultant in contract document.
  2. Legal disputes between contractor and consultant.
  3. Inadequate definition and unclear scope of work to be carry out by contractor.
  4. Ineffective delay penalties provided by consultant in contract document.
  5. Incomplete contract document for construction prepared by consultant.
  6. Delay of project bidding handled by consultant.
  7. MIS management by the contractor and the consultant to complete and deliver project on time.
  8. Mistakes and discrepancies of drawings prepared by consultant.
  9. Delay in producing detailed drawings by consultant.
  10. Unclear detailed drawings prepared by consultant.
  11. Complexity of design by consultant.
  12. Insufficient design data supplied to consultant by supplier.
  13. Inadequate design team in consultant office.
  14. Insufficient design period in consultant office.
  15. Unforeseen original site condition by consultant.
  16. Slow delivery of material by contractor to the site. No proper material delivery schedule is in place.
  17. Inappropriate construction method by contractors.
  18. Less quality and reworks by contractor due to work speeding.
  19. Price variation of the construction materials and fossil fuels.
  20. Bad weather conditions.


The challenging factors for successful completion in the opinion of the contractors are as follows:

  1. Delay in payment by client for progress of work done.
  2. Delay to approve material by consultant.
  3. Delay in obtaining permits by consultant from relevant authorities.
  4. Change order by client.
  5. Late approval of drawings by relevant authorities.
  6. Poor communication between consultant and client in getting approval for change order.
  7. Slow decision by client on approval of progress payment.
  8. Suspension of work by client due to miscommunication with consultant.
  9. Delay to perform inspection by consultant.
  10. Inflexibility of working hours amongst consultant toper form inspection.
  11. Conflict between designers in consultant office.
  12. Inadequate experience amongst consultant’s staff.
  13. Change in specification by consultant.
  14. Shortage of material supplied by the supplier.
  15. Delay in delivery of materials by supplier.
  16. Damage of material delivered to site by supplier.
  17. Delay in manufacturing of precast units by supplier.
  18. Late selection of materials by client.
  19. Unclear drawing details by consultant.
  20. Complexity of design by consultant.


The consultant reported the following most important challenging factors to successful completion:

  1. Difficulty in financing the construction project by contractor.
  2. Incomplete sub-contract schedule by contractor with sub-contractor.
  3. Rework due to errors by contractor.
  4. Poor site management by contractor.
  5. Ineffective construction planning by contractor.
  6. Improper construction methods by contractor.
  7. Poor qualification of contractor’s staffs.
  8. Delay in site mobilization by contractor.
  9. Inadequate experience of staffs in contractor’s site office.
  10. Poor communication between contractor’s and Developers site office and main office respectively.
  11. Inadequate materials delivered on site.
  12. Machine breakdown by contractor’s workers.
  13. Shortage of necessary equipment on site.
  14. Low level skill and competency of operators to handle equipment.
  15. Inefficient machines and equipments used by contractors.
  16. Lack of high technical equipment on site.
  17. Design data is not available at the right time causing changes to the design at the time of construction.
  18. The dependency on specialist works without alternative plans.
  19. Limited working hours by contractor.
  20. The land and property acquisition obstructing construction work.


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