Virtual project management is the process by which one manages projects via remote or virtual teams. When teams are distributed across different time zones, they still need to get assigned tasks and the work must be monitored and tracked to make sure it stays on schedule. As more teams work from home, virtual project management has become more defined.
Virtual teams are not going away. They are growing, and project managers must not become complacent and believe that the old rules still apply. Things are changing and project managers must change with them and take their project management into the digital age.
Electronic surveillance is the acquisition of information by an electronic, mechanical, or other surveillance device of the contents of any wire or electronic communication, under circumstances in which a party to the communication has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The "contents" of a communication consists of any information concerning the identity of the parties, or the existence, substance, purport, or meaning of the communication. More tools are available upon request.
The management of complex leading-edge programs holds many difficulties. Accurate estimation and control of costs poses a particular challenge, especially when in the business of developing something never before achieved.
Cost engineering is the process of putting accurate price tags onto each part of the project. Part of the process is the analysis of risks and estimation of potential cost impact.
It involves the capture of practical experience in a systematic way in order to develop tools and models that relate the cost of each element to its driving characteristics with due consideration of the context. Cost engineering can thus assist engineers in trading technical solutions.
Cost engineering supports project managers in making predictions of likely costs, or assessing if a quoted price is reasonable. These capabilities can then be applied across a project life cycle to increase its overall cost-effectiveness.
Formally speaking, a document control system is a group of interrelated processes, workflows, and software products used in the production and management of documentation within an organization.
However, the term is often used interchangeably for electronic document management systems (EDMS), which represent the systems employed to store, organize, manage, share, and track an organization’s files and documents.
In its simplest acceptance, document control refers to a series of practices to ensure that documents are created, reviewed, distributed, and disposed of in a systematic, verifiable manner.
The term is most widely known in the context of ISO standards, and particularly within ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 standards.
For example, the ISO 9001:2015 standard requires organizations to establish a documented procedure to control several aspects of documents, including:
Construction bidding is the process of submitting a tender by the contractor to the client as a proposal to conduct or manage a particular construction project. The bidding process is an incredibly important part of a construction project. This enables firms and companies to hire contractors.
Construction estimating is the process of forecasting a project’s costs. However, true project costs are only known once the project is completed. There are several types of construction cost estimates. There are two main ones: preliminary (budget) cost estimates and detailed cost estimates. Many times, an architect will solicit budget estimates from contractors or independent estimating firms to help their client determine if the project can move forward. A good estimate prevents the contractor from losing money and helps the customer avoid overpaying.
The purpose of an estimate has a different meaning to different people involved in the process. To the owner, it provides a reasonable, accurate idea of the costs. This will help him or her decide whether the work can be undertaken as proposed, needs to be modified, or should be abandoned. To the contractor, it must provide the cost of materials and labor to install the project as well as make a profit.
Accurate estimating is the foundation of profitable contracting. Accuracy must be based on several factors. The estimator must understand the type of construction, the project schedule, availability of skilled workers, and the construction sequence to produce an accurate estimate.
Contractors use takeoffs in construction for many reasons including, submitting a bid for a job, creating an estimate for a job or simply determining how much of each material to buy. Let’s take a quick look at each of these scenarios:
As you can see, there are many reasons why you might want to do a takeoff in construction. In fact, if you’re working off of blueprints, there’s really no reason why you wouldn’t need to perform a takeoff. With a takeoff, you can more accurately estimate materials, saving you time and money as you work on your project.
Correcting common construction schedule mistakes like inaccurate project estimates, missing dependencies, poor resource allocation, and not preparing for the worst-case scenarios demonstrates professionalism and may help improve your company’s reputation and success rate.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires businesses to make reasonable accommodations for those with recognized disabilities, but only if those businesses fall within the ambit of the law. If your business is on the small side or doesn't cater to the public, it may not need to comply with the ADA. How can you tell if your business falls under the ADA? Here are some general guidelines:
Although the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and requires reasonable accommodations in both the private and public sectors, Title I and Title III of the ADA are the ones most applicable to small private business owners. Title I of the ADA covers areas of private employment and requires eligible businesses to provide employees with equal opportunity to enjoy privileges of employment. It also prohibits discrimination based on disability. Title III of the ADA focuses on private and public entities that are considered "public accommodations," and requires that businesses not discriminate against customers based on disability, including providing reasonable access. Still, for either of these titles, certain businesses may not have to comply with the ADA's standards.
The ADA defines "employer" as any person:
This means if your business only has 14 or fewer full-time employees, or is only in business for less than 20 weeks a year, then you do not have to comply with Title I. Businesses entirely owned by a federally recognized Native American tribe are also exempt from Title I, as well as any tax-exempt private membership club.
As far as Title III is concerned, only businesses considered "public accommodations" are required to comply. The federal law offers this non-exhaustive list of public accommodations:
Essentially, any business that regularly serves the public is considered a public accommodation, but private clubs or religious organizations are considered exempt. Business owners should remember that federal disability law under the ADA is only one part of disability law in any state; there are also corresponding state laws that prohibit discrimination based on disability both in employment and in public accommodations, like California's Unruh Civil Rights Act.
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