Eventually, more and more projects are paying attention to the ‘Golden Thread’ of information! In construction, this refers to the continuous and comprehensive documentation of a project from conception to completion. It is a term used to describe the importance of having a complete and accurate record of all aspects of a construction project, including design information, construction drawings and models, technical specification, contracts and handover documentation.
Project teams can enhance the ‘Golden Thread’ of information in your project by:
1. Defining the scope: Clearly define the scope of the project. Include the objectives, deliverables and stakeholder involvement. Communicate this to all.
2. Utilise a Common Data Environment: Capture all project information including drawings, models, schedules, risks, handover information etc. This helps to ensure all information is in one central location and accessible to the right people at the right time.
3. Implement a change management process: Define how you will track and manage changes to the scope, schedule and budget. This helps to ensure that all changes are documented and approved and that the ‘Golden Thread’ remains accurate.
4. Communicate effectively: Regular and effective communication is key to ensuring that all stakeholders have access to the latest information. Hold meetings, provide status reports and don’t solely rely on software, the human aspect is key too.
5. Conduct regular audits: Conduct audits to ensure that the project information remains complete, accurate and up-to-date. By implementing these strategies you can enhance the ‘Golden Thread’ of information in your project, improving transparency and reducing risk.
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