Civil Works: A Guide

Civil engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of structures. In this blog post, we'll cover civil works in a nutshell so that you know what to expect. Read on to discover more about how civil works are completed.

1. Briefing

A briefing is a meeting between the client, the civil works planner and other parties, such as the investor or designer. The purpose of this meeting is to present all project details to the participants and make sure everyone agrees on what needs to be done. The client explains the goals of the project and why it's needed, then reviews all necessary aspects including cost, schedule and resources required. Many civil engineers are familiar with technical drawing software programs that help them create detailed drawings of construction plans faster and more accurately than pencil and paper.

2. Design

The designer conducts a detailed design that includes blueprints for roads, bridges, buildings, parking lots, etc. Civil works projects are often very large and require a lot of strategising for both the client and contractor. For example, the design may include multiple phases that need to be accomplished in a certain order. If one phase of the project isn't finished on time, then all other phases will be delayed and the final product may not be completed in time.

3. Construction

Construction contractors play a huge role in the success of civil works projects. They're required to provide their services on a contract basis and submit a bid for the desired job. The job proposal includes cost estimates for materials needed to complete the project as well as hours required for labour and equipment. 

The client reviews all bids and selects the contractor that will be awarded the contract. Some contractors are referred from colleagues who've worked with them in the past, while others may have been found online through a review service or through word of mouth. The client reviews each contractor's portfolio as a way to make sure they are experienced enough to handle the job correctly.

Once a construction company has been selected, the planner-designer becomes the project manager (PM) and oversees the work schedule from start to finish. The PM monitors all resources, including labour, equipment, materials, funds and time. They also oversee communication between all parties involved to make sure that everyone is informed.

For more info, contact a company that completes civil works.

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