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Construction projects – key activities

We have established the generic project management lifecycle.

It is, however, considered opportune here to also introduce the key activities needed to realise construction projects, which would form part of the overall project management activities.

Within the UK, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work has been the most visible means of identifying key activities needed to deliver a construction project, with the following construction project stages being identified:

0 - Strategic definition

1 - Preparation and brief

2 - Concept design

3 - Developed design

4 - Technical design

5 - Construction

6 - Handover and close out

7 - In use

Hopefully the stages listed are self-explanatory in their titles. If not, access the downloadable version from RIBA Plan of Work 2013 which provides a greater explanation of the terms, activities involved and personnel responsible for delivering construction projects.

To recognise the growing importance of BIM on construction, the International Standard for the Organization and Digitization of Information about Buildings and Civil Engineering Works, including Building Information Modelling (BIM): BS EN ISO 19650-1] was published (in 2018) for implementation in 2019.

BS EN ISO 19650 is applicable to the whole lifecycle of any built asset, including strategic planning, initial design, engineering, development, documentation and construction, day-to-day operation, maintenance, refurbishment, repair and end-of-life stages of the project.

Your task

Watch the Youtube RIBA Plan of Work 2013 which explains the terms involved in the RIBA Plan of Work. Seek clarification on the discussion boards if you remain unsure of any terms.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

And/or read the following article Step by Step Guide to Using BIM on Projects which match the RIBA Plan of Work stages to the BIM on Project stages, to map out where to use BIM on construction projects.

You could check your answer on the Designing Building Wiki.

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Construction Project Management: An Introduction

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