Downward Communication In Construction Management

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In traditional procurement method, the information flow is separated into two parts: design team and construction team. In order to complete the construction project on time, within the budget and up to client’s quality standard, it is important to have effective communication between parties, and communication is actually linked with people’s roles, responsibility and relationship. Downward Communication According to the Practice of Construction Management (1985), downward Communication is used to give instructions, strategies and objectives. It also targets to give people information regarding their progress of work and give advice as in contacts between the head office and site personnel. The downward communication in the traditional…show more content…
Therefore, there are a number of subcontractors under the main contractor’s supervision, one for each trade, for instances one subcontractor responsible for formwork making, one for finishing and another one for MVAC (Mechanical, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) installations, as well as plant and materials suppliers. The main contractor will issue the instruction and expected completion time to the subcontractors and suppliers to control the progress. The subcontractors will further pass on the instruction message to the construction…show more content…
They have the largest amount of information flow, including the drawings, specifications, confirmation of works, variation of works and so on. When architects finish the building design, they will issue the architectural drawings, together other drawings, like structural drawings to the main contractors. The main contractors will then carry out the construction work strictly based on the drawings. When the main contractor face any problems regarding the structural design, budget or project duration. It will inform the design consultant to seek for advices and further actions. For example, if there is delay of works, the main contractors has the obligation to report to the consultant to seek for Architects’ issuance of EOT (Extension of Time). It is unavoidable that the design will change during the construction period, thus there are a number of ‘updated’ drawings and documents transfer all the time. Sometimes when the work has already constructed and the consultant requires variation of works, the main contractor will have to issue the abortive notices to the workers to change the constructed work, like knock down the wall and build a new one in another

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