Collaboration is gaining ground as a new and more effective way to approach project delivery on construction projects of all sizes. It’s a welcome change for the commercial electrical contracting industry as well as the wider construction industry, which can see self-interest dominate the building process.
Miller Electric has long viewed collaboration as a key to creating better project outcomes. Applying our BIM services to every project helps us coordinate project activities with other trades for maximum efficiency.
Why Trades Need to Collaborate on Construction Projects
Project teams are expected to work together to complete jobs to specifications on time and under budget. This is challenging enough for co-workers on the same team but is made exponentially more difficult for project teams comprised of strangers incented to work against each other toward the achievement of fragmented goals. When construction trades compete against each other, delays and disputes are common. It’s harder for projects to be completed on time or within budget when people aren’t talking to each other or are working from incomplete drawings and specifications.
Collaboration, on the other hand, is a choice, that when committed to consistently, forms a culture of cooperation and success. In a collaborative culture, risk and reward are shared equally; architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers make contributions in accordance with their ideal capabilities and strengths.
When we make collaboration a requirement, everyone works together toward the achievement of a common goal – finishing the project to client specifications, on time and within budget.
How Collaboration Creates Efficiencies on Construction Projects
Let’s face it, collaboration isn’t easy. It requires communicating patiently with people you don’t know and don’t normally work with; an intentional, ongoing effort to share information and resources; hard work, and dedication to excellence.
The benefits of this labor-intensive effort, however, make collaboration worth the extra work. Collaboration between trades creates numerous efficiencies and benefits including:
- Improved decision-making
- Decreased project costs
- Increased profits for contractors
- Faster project completion
- Less contract disputes
At Miller Electric, we’ve seen time and again that a commitment to collaboration on commercial electrical construction projects drives better bottom line results. When collaboration is made a priority, efficiency is the result.