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Good construction starts with a solid foundation. That’s true of the work itself, but also the planning that goes into any construction job.

The planning period of construction is known as pre construction, and sounds planning will be imperative to the success of the finished project. There are many pre construction planning stages that a contractor will need to work through to ensure that a project goes smoothly.

The point of pre construction planning is to think of everything, including the pre construction costs and pre construction services, then go over it again. The pre construction checklist should include every possible scenario and contingency that the team may encounter during a project. This plan is formed through a mix of expertise and experience, but the final plan will be completely unique to the specific job.

To take the guesswork out of what is happening behind the scenes during this pre construction phase, here is a quick primer on the many pre construction planning stages.


Buildings are increasingly designed in software with CAD (computer-aided design) systems. Early virtual modelling involved the fixing of arbitrary lines and points in virtual space, mainly to produce technical drawings. Modern packages include advanced features such as databases of components, automated engineering calculations, visual fly-throughs, dynamic reflections, and accurate textures and colours. As an extension to CAD (computer-aided design) and BIM (building information modelling), virtual reality architectural sessions are also being adopted at increasingly faster rates. As this technology enables participants to be immersed in a 1:1 scale model, essentially experiencing the building before it is even being built.


Construction management (CM) is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end. The purpose of CM is to control a project's time / delivery, cost and quality—sometimes referred to as a project management triangle or "triple constraints."CM is compatible with all project delivery systems, including design-bid-build, design-build, CM At-Risk and Public Private Partnerships. Professional construction managers may be reserved for lengthy, large-scale, high budget undertakings (commercial real estatetransportation infrastructure, industrial facilities, and military infrastructure), called capital projects.

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