You'll often pass by the scene of some sort of industrial construction project without much extra thought into the matter. However, there are incredible things going on during even small projects, and a brief look into the planning, structure, and equipment involved may give you some insight not only into the project itself, but perhaps something you have planned for your own future.
Consider the following five parts of an industrial construction project next time you see one, and think about how all of the components work together in the overall scheme of things – the environment, the heavy machinery, the cleanup, the knowledge base, and the planning aspects.
Though industrial projects occur everywhere, not every environment is suited for the people and machines that have to use the space. That's why there are super heavyweight mats available for rent or purchase from major companies. These mats prevent damage both to the environment and the machines that are working the territory, and are used in almost every major construction site that you see where that sort of protection is helpful in terms of safety or efficiency.
The Heavy Machinery
When we're young kids, we're typically fascinated by heavy machinery. Bulldozers, cranes, dump trucks – they are part of our childhood imagination. But some of that interest wanes as we get older and see more of them around, and care less about the power and intrigue we felt before. However, every a small amount of technical research into what makes those machines go, and how specialized they can be, may rekindle your interest as an adult. See if you can name all of the machines at the next construction site you see.
Cleanup is a big deal at construction sites. There is hazardous waste to take care of. There are recycle and garbage containers on site that need special equipment to replace as well. Environmental concerns mean that site managers have to pay special attention to federal construction site regulations, especially in areas where people live near.
The Knowledge Base
Are you aware of how much college is required to be a construction site manager? They have to know an incredible amount of diverse knowledge in order to be in charge, and that is why they get paid a fair amount of money for the services that they provide.
Finally, the architectural planning stages of construction sites deserves to be mentioned. Depending on what is being built, it could have taken years of planning to design a building site, and then when it comes time to turn the idea into a reality, it may take even more years, and a tremendous amount of money, to make it happen.