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In project architecture and civil engineering, construction is the building or assembly of any infrastructure. Although this may be thought of as a single activity, in fact construction is a feat of multitasking. Normally the job is managed by the construction manager and supervised by the project manager, design engineer or project architect. Every construction project requires a large number of labourers to complete the physical tasks of construction.

The challenges the construction industry faces are to:

  1. Estimate accurate project costs.
  2. Estimate accurate landed costs for purchased materials.
  3. Procure and manage labour resources and subcontractors.
  4. Estimate and track project costs.
  5. Manage risk.
  6. Reduce waste.
  7. Manage asset acquisition and maintenance.
  8. Comply with health, safety and environmental regulations.
  9. Manage project schedules.
  10. Track project costs, activity and progress.
  11. Provide accurate project financial information.
  12. Ensure profit performance.
  13. Ensure adherence to delivery dates.
  14. Streamline the construction supply chain
  15. Manage and report customer delivery performance.
  16. Track supplier delivery performance.
  17. Manage long lead times.
  18. Calculate material requirements.
  19. Cater for flexibility in design during the life of the project.
  20. Improve electronic collaboration with suppliers and customers.
  21. Cater for different project contract pricing.
  22. Manage cash flow.