5 Tips for Meeting Your Project Timelines

To paraphrase Mr. Murphy: stuff happens.


Engineers feel the pain when a project starts to go south. A variety of delays and other issues can slow down the best of plans resulting in missed deadlines, miffed customers and possibly “do over” work that lands on your desk, as any product problems work their way upstream to you. But a few well-planned tweaks to your processes and tactics can help you sidestep the pain. Here are five ways to head off Mr. Murphy.


Maximize Mobile. Today’s smartphones are incredibly sophisticated tools, and can significantly bolster jobsite productivity. Dozens of specifier-specific apps are available, and they can optimize your ability to bid on projects, navigate 3D BIM models, calculate measurements, and more. Two project management apps to consider include PlanGrid  and Bluebeam.  For additional suggestions on various apps, check out: The Digital Toolbox for Electrical Engineers.


Share Digital Documents.  File sharing is fast and simple. Changes to designs, schematics and other documents can be immediately available to field personnel, through cloud-based access and storage. As a result, all stakeholders are on the same page, virtually eliminating the possibility of mistakes due to communications delays. Similarly, cloud-based construction project management, as well as tool and asset tracking software, can vastly reduce the time needed to complete vital administrative and operational tasks. For additional insight on cloud-based tools and services specifiers are using, see this tech round-up article from ARCHITECT Magazine.


Go with Trusted Products. Specifying lighting and controls can be complicated and time-consuming and can be often the source for delays on a job site. We’ve made it simple with our A+ Certified™ Solutions that let you easily select and implement lighting systems – for indoor or outdoor applications. Our certification program rigorously tests solutions for consistency and interoperability so you can have peace of mind that the installation goes smoothly before, during and after a project, avoiding callbacks.


Use Skilled Vendors.  Well-established manufacturers (and their representatives) understand the construction cycle and can usually flex their schedules and tap their supply chains to deliver what you need, when you need it.  And with the scope of a company with locations throughout  the country resources can be made available as needed. Plus, they back-up their products with solid warranties in the event anything goes awry even after the project closes.


Accelerate Shipping. With tight deadlines and timelines, lighting choices don’t have to adversely impact your schedule, and we have a program to get products to you faster. The Design2ShipTM Quick Ship program – offered by our architectural brands – can get your order processed and shipped in just five days without compromising the desired aesthetics, performance or quality of light based on our broad lighting portfolio.

Managing time can improve your bottom line. For more tips on how we can help you expedite your projects, contact us here. 

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