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Why speed is important to the construction program of your project.

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Delivering construction projects on time and within budget can sometimes be more of a dream rather than a reality.

And it’s no different whether you’re working on a residential or a commercial project, it’s essential to meet deadlines in the construction industry. Why? Because the owners or developers of these projects will be wanting to move the tenants in as soon as possible to get a return on investment as soon as they can.

Construction leaders know that time is money. They must first realise that there are deadlines and what they are, then they must understand the consequences, which could be significant.

In the building and construction industry, these consequences are called LD’s. Liquidated Damages are an amount agreed on at the contract stage, which the builder must pay to the owner or the developer for late completion of the project. It’s usually a set amount per day or week based on genuine estimates of the damage likely to be suffered by the owner for delayed completion of the project.

What could impact the speed of your project.

There are many factors that influence the speed and efficiency of your construction project, here are a few:


It’s the Project Manager’s job to make sure each of the subcontractors know their role and responsibilities. Timelines, costs, and deadlines need to be clearly communicated so everyone can stay up to speed. When you have the communication working well, everyone knows where they need to be and when.


Put yourself in the contractor’s or supplier’s shoes. There needs to be a reasonable amount of planning to allow for relevant production lead times. A lot of elements of a construction project are in sequence, and it’s the same floor by floor all the way up the building. Get it right early in the project, and it’ll be routine for the remaining levels.


It’s important that your suppliers can guarantee supply throughout your project. With the current supply chain issues for building materials including timber and steel, your suppliers should be allocating stock for your project to give you assurance there won’t be any supply shortages midway through.

Another rising problem is interstate suppliers. If your suppliers are relying on third-party transport, be aware that this has the potential to derail your project.


In the current environment with various Covid-19 restrictions, many sites have been subjected to the reduced workforce being allowed onsite. This is another factor that could significantly slow down your project depending on how reliant you are on manual labour.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your new building won’t be either, but there are some ways you can keep your project on schedule.

How to improve productivity and efficiencies on site.

There are numerous factors that could slow the progress of your project, but you can ensure that your project meets its deadlines without compromising on quality, here’s how:


It’s easy. Preformed simply means ‘to form beforehand’ or that the product is fabricated offsite. FTI Group offers many preformed products including our Fast Tread® stairs, FastBeam™ beams, FastHob™ hob frames, BlueDeck Composite™ metal decking. Using a product that’s preformed means you’ll save the hours onsite.

For stairs, you’ll save the time it takes to form up the stairs, strip away the formwork after the concrete pour, plus the time for any rectification works. Plus, preformed products are installed much faster than a traditional structure!


Prefabricated products are carefully shop drawn, then manufactured to the exact project measurements, down to the millimetre. This means you won’t have to spend time topping up risers or grinding back risers so they’re BCA Compliant.  At FTI, our design team also offers to check over your project for any potential compliance issues before they’re set in concrete & much harder to fix.


By using FTI Group as your one-stop shop for concrete formwork, you’ll save time checking multiple quotes, signing multiple contracts, placing multiple orders, and all the rest! With FTI, you can order stairs, decking, formply, beams, hobs in just one call. It’ll all come delivered together, saving unload time too!  Having our own trucks, our own drivers means we have control of the transport, this allows us to deliver on our promise of fast lead times nationally.


Communication is the most important productivity booster on any project. Once you have a construction program, call us & let us know. This’ll ensure your products are manufactured and delivered on time every time so you’re not waiting on us.

To find out more contact FTI Group on 1300 751 701.

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to be compliant with:

• AS/NZS1657:2018
for fixed platforms, walkways, stairways, and ladders
• AS/NZS1428.1:2009
for design for access and mobility
• AS/NZS1170.1:2002
for structural design actions
• AS/NZS3990:1993
for mechanical equipment
• AS/NZS4100:1998
for steel structures
• AS/NZS4991:2004
for lifting devices
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for structural steel welding
• AS/NZS4761:2001
for steel reinforcing materials

Compliance assured for your peace of mind. For more information, contact our design team.