A paper presented to a TUNS/Revay seminar in
It has been modified only to suit a web presentation format.
Published here September, 2001.
Useful Tips for Staying out of Trouble
The following tips are suggested for keeping a contractor out of trouble:
- Develop a master schedule and a more detailed schedule that
fits the required dates in the contract. Then develop "short-term
plans", especially with the help of major, or critical sub-trades.
Distribute this schedule information to all concerned,
including the owner and his consultants, so that everyone knows
what is expected of them, and can plan their work effectively
and economically. After all, the object of the exercise is for
everyone to make money. Monitor and up-date the schedule on a
regular basis. If you or your sub-trade causes a delay to the
work, do something about it. If the owner, or his consultants
cause a delay, notify them promptly, politely but firmly, in writing.
- Avoid an impossible bid, or sub-trade price, even in
a tight bidding situation, when you know the sub cannot do the work for the
- Make sure that not only the contractor's general forces, but also each of
the sub-trades can perform their work without interference or delays
by any others. Where close coordination is required, make sure there is proper
communication taking place at a level that can have a positive impact on the
- As general contractor, coordinate the entire work, including
that of sub-trades, by taking charge and ensuring that all activities are effectively
- According to the old axiom, remember that time is money. This
is just as true for the owner, the consultant, the contractor
and all the sub-contractors.
FICE, FEIC, FCSCE, FPMI