Hire Building Consultants to Handle Construction Disputes, Claims and Project Management Issues

Hiring building consultants is one thing that a small homebuilder and skyscraper construction company have in common. In both instances, issues arise that may require the services of a professional, particularly when you are juggling projects that handle mechanical, civil, structural, electrical and even process engineering aspects. The same problem solving principles apply whether you are spending a few thousand pounds or tens of millions of pounds.

Benefits of an Outside Consultant for the Building Process

What if you were half way through building your home and the actions of your contractors put your timeline for construction completion way behind? Building consultants could handle the resolution of your dispute through arbitration, mediation or negotiations. What if your company did their due diligence in applying for all the necessary building permits and then at the last minute, a neighboring property owner disputes the property boundaries? Again, a consultant acting on your behalf can get the matter solved so you do not lose time on your building project.

Individuals involved in building benefit from hiring a consultant to work for them as can smaller businesses who cannot afford to retain an expert in-house to deal with construction issues. It just makes sense to hire a professional who can mediate for you and “speak” the language of construction.

Fields of Consulting in the Building Business

Dispute resolution is one of the biggest tasks for building consultants; however, they also deal with a variety of other construction issues as well. For instance, a lot of contracts are drawn up and executed during the course of a construction project. How do you know that your interests are best represented in each and every case? You don’t, unless you hire a consultant to review the contracts and offer advice for amendments.

Claims defense and claims preparation against an entity for damages is another task for these consultants. Surveying aspects are addressed as well as management and training issues of construction staff. Project management is quite helpful for a construction site as consultants can help keep vendor deliveries and contract work well on task and within a set schedule. Debt recovery is another consulting issue too.

Why waste your money and time navigating through all the administrative stuff you don’t quite understand? While you may lead a construction project, it is nearly impossible to have an intimate and firm grasp on every aspect of the process. That is what building consultants are for – to serve as your advisors for each building process as needed.

Team Building Consultant – Consultant, Trainer And Facilitator

Team Building consultants generally use three overlapping, but distinct roles. Each of the roles mentioned below keeps the learning and Team training meaningful, self-reflective, team-reflective, and most importantly fun!

The overlapping of roles are best summarized in the explanation below:

o Consultant. In this role, he establishes and maintains contact with the client, jointly assesses the client’s situation, elicits information, designs programs, serves as confidant and adviser to the primary client contact.

o Trainer. In this role, he sets the tone of the training, then communicates, educates and improvises as he orchestrates and delivers the content through a sequence of activities and facilitated group discussion

o Facilitator. In this role, he leads the debriefings [processing], engaging and challenging participants to dig for deeper meaning, mediating disagreements and pushing for ever-greater clarity and understanding.

Each of these roles is inter-dependent upon each other. For example if the training lacks the full “buy-in” or approval of the primary client contact, (usually Human Resources, a Team Leader, or a Supervisor in some capacity), the program will fail to reach a higher level of success and fail to have a long term effect on the team and the participants within the team.

It is imperative that a discussion takes place between the Team Building Consultant and the client contact. All parties need to reach an agreement on how the program will progress, what objectives and goals are going to be reached as well as how to follow up the Team training program. What if the client contact is unclear about what objectives and goals to be reached? That is where the Team Building Consultant should meet, process and enable the client contact to better see and understand what it is that really needs to be addressed in the training session. If the Team Building Consultant can not facilitate a discussion to lead to clarity on goals and objectives both parties, the consultant and the client, should agree to go elsewhere.

Additionally during the training new evidence of inter-behavioral barriers may present themselves and the program takes an unexpected turn. This is when the true test of a trainer’s ability becomes evident. Does the trainer choose to stay the course and work on the pre-defined objectives? Does the trainer choose to go in a different direction and follow what has just arisen? Does the trainer have the skills, knowledge and abilities to in a synergistic fashion meld both together? Experienced Team Building Consultants have been in all three situations and the answer really is “YES”. It all depends on the situation at hand. That is why when choosing a team building consultant or team building company an organization must research and feel comfortable with the qualifications of the facilitator.

Some questions to ask team building companies are as simple as, who are your facilitators? Can you tell me an example of a program you have lead that is like our situation? Can you supply me with a list of sample questions you ask during the debrief [processing]? Give us a specific example of a program you have created that was a success? A failure? Can you provide my organization with a written proposal or agenda of what will be accomplished during our team training?

An effective team building consultant has the ability to move seamlessly through the consultant; trainer; and facilitator role. This comes from experience and Team Building consultants who are well educated and trained, in several fields. Choose the right consultant and always ask for and check references.

Items That Are Helpful to Know Before Meeting With a Building Consultant

A building consultant is an expert professional who can work with you on any building issue. Queensland’s thriving building industry has some of the best building consultants in Australia. These are the people you need to help you clarify issues and solve problems. While doing this, they’ll save you a lot of worry and a lot of money.

How to know when you need an expert

Building is a very technical business and a complex science, even for professionals. The industry is the workplace of engineers, experts in building science, and architects. Australia has more than its fair share of specialists, particularly building consultants in Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast and other major building markets.

What a building consultant can do for you

Building consultants have a pretty wide range of roles, often in combinations. Their services include:

  • Design consultation
  • Home structural issues
  • Technical advice
  • Renovations construction issues
  • Second opinions
  • Site issues
  • Approvals

Whatever you’re trying to do, a building consultant is a good option to cover all the angles, particularly technical issues. Some types of building, including renovations, may also involve complex statutory issues and planning considerations. Queensland building consultants know these things chapter and verse, so you’ve come to the right place.

Information is the basis of good consultation- what the building consultant needs to know

The key to good consultation is objectivity. The best approach is to create a clear picture of what you’re trying to achieve. To do the job properly, a consultant will require a good knowledge base. When setting up your meeting, it’s a good idea to ask what information is required, and suggest anything else you may want to discuss.

The consultation process- A two way dialog

A consultation can get a lot done in a hurry. You’ll find your consultant is well organized, and knows what to ask, as well as the answers to questions. The basic format for a consultation is a discussion of objectives, ideas and methods. The consultant structures the process creating a good working model for organizing the discussion and make sure to cover all the issues.

Problem solving

Specific problems need to be managed. Explain the problem like a storyline, beginning to end. This explains how the problem developed, which is exactly what your building consultant needs to know. The consultant will probably ask a few more questions, and then outline options. The questions will relate to what’s acceptable to you as a solution.

Decision making without the worry

A consultant can take the stress out of decision making. Some problems can be solved easily by professionals that can baffle anyone else. This also gives you some further perspectives about possibilities and better still, clear options.

Really, there’s no need to worry about a problem a professional Queensland building consultant can solve for you easily. You can make your decisions with a clear picture and no worries at all.