Contractors’ Attributes and their Effects on the Success of A Road Construction Project
Among the industries that have significant effects on economic development in any country is the construction sector. As such, every leader should be interested in this industry in their jurisdiction by ensuring that they are updated about the latest technology as well as the expectations of the economy (Ginevicius & Podvezko 453). Nevertheless, there are various challenges that this industry faces in terms of the contractors attributes due to the road project systems’ complexity. There are times when this complexity entails programming knowledge as well as the conditions’ control or raising questions of the unreasonable load that people expect from contractors.
There are many things that people can do to enhance this situation though ensuring that there is adequate road contractors’ reinforcement is the most appropriate way of enhancing productivity in the construction sector more so at the start of a construction process (Mitkus & Trinkuniene 415). When a construction project has a good contractor, cost and time required are reduced. These are traditionally used as the means of determining a construction project’s success. The types of roads that a locality or a nation has determine its economic value. Therefore, people desire to have improved road networks across the globe (Blaszczyk & Blaszczyk 780). As such, this requires the attributes of contractors whose absence or presence determine the malfunction or victory of any project (Hung 184).
It is important that a contractor posse different attributes which are vital in determining road projects’ success. The first attribute that a contractor ought to have is possession of vast experience and knowledge which enables them to understand the complex political environment as well as to find solutions to unique situations (Banaitiene 277). A contractor’s knowledge enables them to consider complicated interpersonal processes within any road project as well as to comprehend complex systems.
Knowledge in regulations and law is another attribute that a contractor should have. This is due to the reality that the contractor will have to record some local events using terminologies that act as legal processes, disciplinary processes or public processes (Senthil et al. 56). Legal regulations are ever-growing in the current era with numerous rulings touching on road construction. It is therefore important for a contractor to possess knowledge and experience in general law within the state where they operate especially the construction law. In addition to higher inspection level, a contractor ought to be knowledgeable about formal construction work as well as annual plans. There are cases that put contractors in environments that are filled with interventions from different governmental bodies. Additionally, being a state employee, the contractor has to overcome several barriers that emerge during inter-office collaboration. Knowledge that contractors accumulate during such processes serves as vital knowledge that can be used in coordinating the collaboration of government units.
Excellence and safety are also vital attributes of a contractor when it comes to enhancing road projects’ success. Eminence and safety in the construction projects are the damages and accidents that are incurred by those involved in construction practices (Plebankiewicz 381). Operations are slowed down by several injuries and this can raise the operation costs in some cases (Nassar & Hosny 164). However, road constructions have a tendency of causing disturbances in places where they are done and this is not approved by most people in the contemporary society (Arslan et al. 485). As such, the contractor’s ability to minimize disturbance for the surrounding and proper waste disposal ensures a construction process’ success because the community will raise minimal complaints and therefore completing the job will take reduced time (Plebankiewicz 438). Technical and resource administration are also vital attributes of a contractor. They determine how a contractor manages his/her working team (Plebankiewicz 59). When a contractor has good sub-contractors, the project becomes successful (Doloi et al. 690).
Another important contractors’ attribute is organization. This relates to the three major issues that affect a contractor’s firm and they can lead to construction process’ failure or success. They include the business age, company size and company’s image (Joskowski et al. 123). Although these can appear trivial to some individuals, ignoring them can have great impact on the process’ success. When a business is mature, reliability, accrued experience and stability are assured (Marzouk et al. 158).
Another contractors’ attribute that determines their performance in a construction project is past performance (Plabankiewicz 385). A record of great past performance attracts more investors and customers and this makes road construction successful. If a contractor has a tainted past he/she will harm the project (Mu et al. 457). Financial record as a contractor’s attribute is also important. A contractor’s financial record indicates reputation and credibility among suppliers and clients (Alzahrani & Emsley 319). It also assures the strength of a contractor in relation to their capacity and ability to complete the project (Zavadskas et al. 155).
These attributes comprise of new knowledge, operation modes and language acquisition that every contractor aims at achieving while they continue to base the center of their activity on their knowledge and pedagogical background.
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