The nature of structural engineering projects is such that they are usually time-bound. This is to say that the structural engineering have to be completed within certain time frames. Some of these projects are, after all, financed using borrowed money. They therefore have to be completed as soon as possible, in order to ensure that the structures are occupied, so that the loan repayments can commence.
It is worth remembering that the sorts of loans used to finance these sorts of projects are not like, say, the usual credit card loans — you know, the sorts of loans that you can easily repay at the Gap eService website. The process of applying for these loans is similarly not like that of applying for a modest credit line — you know, the sort of thing you do when making a Gap credit card application. On the contrary, the sorts of loans used to finance structural engineering projects are hefty, and when applying for such loans, a firm commitment is made on when repayment is to commence. The repayment then has to be initiated on time: lest the developer ends up messing up with his credit ratings.
In other cases, the structures under construction turn out to be public structures. These too have to be completed as soon as possible, so that the authorities that commissioned their construction can start drawing political capital out of them as soon as possible.
This leads us to the question as to how the progress of the structural engineering projects can be hastened, in order to ensure that there are no delays in the completion of the projects.
As it turns out, there are three things that need to be done, in order to speed up the progress of the structural engineering projects.
Firstly, it is critical to ensure that the projects are awarded to contracts who have a track record for timely delivery. We already touched on this in a previous blog post, when we dealt with the subject of recruiting masons to work in structural engineering projects.
Secondly, the supply of materials for the projects has to be optimized, to ensure that the project never stalls on account of lack of materials.
Thirdly, it may be a good idea to get the contractor to work on shift-basis: to ensure that the work progresses day and night.