Why Monitoring Your Civil Works Matters

24 July 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


It is rare for any successful building project to be the effort of a single individual. When you want to build an apartment complex, significant civil works such as a canal or bridge, or something entirely different, you will need to gather a team of people who will partner with you to make certain that every aspect of the project will be completed to the right specifications and within the agreed budget.

Understanding the process for civil works

If you are a private individual overseeing a construction project on your own land, then you can set whatever timetable and procedures work well for you, but if you are going to be overseeing any form of civil works, then it is important that you learn to work with others and to take on board all of their points of view and concerns about the project. Normally civil works start when first an initial plan and then an implementation plan are agreed by all of the stakeholders. Once everyone knows what is supposed to happen and how it will be happening at each stage of the construction process, it is time to set up a project monitoring team.

Monitoring civil works

Regular monitoring is the most effective way to ensure that civil works remain on track. You could appoint a civil engineering team, or perhaps a technical specialist, to be certain that the completed structure will be fully compliant with all building regulations and will be suitable for its intended use. While in many cases civil works can be expected to proceed according to the agreed steps, there will often be times when things need to change or be adjusted to reflect the reality on the ground. Sometimes mistakes will be made which must be corrected; at other times new information comes to light or an agreed procedure or equipment choice doesn't work as expected.

When changes need to be made, it is the expertise of the monitoring team that will be needed. Your monitoring team must be made aware of these changes and will report back on them to all of the stakeholders. They should be able to explain the precise nature of these changes and what impact they may have on the future use of the building or structure. If your monitoring team is able to identify any unauthorised divergence from the agreed plan, then they will need to take steps to correct it so that your civil works are not disrupted and will be completed as agreed.