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Construction Mobilization – How to Do It Right and Get Paid For It

Jun 12, 2023 | Blog, Construction Equipment, Job Bidding, Management

The construction industry often presents unique logistical challenges, one of which is mobilization — the process of moving resources such as equipment, materials, and personnel to and around a jobsite. Being a critical first step in the construction project lifecycle, efficient mobilization strategies not only save time and resources but also contribute to overall project success. This article will explore what mobilization entails, how to execute it most efficiently, and how to account for it accurately in your job bids.

Understanding Mobilization

Mobilization refers to the complex process of transporting necessary tools, machinery, materials, and workers to a jobsite, and within the site itself, as per project needs. It involves planning the sequence of operations, managing logistics, and ensuring that the necessary resources are available at the right place at the right time.

Mobilization starts well before the physical construction process, setting the groundwork for the project’s implementation phase. It is crucial to the timely completion of a project and plays a pivotal role in mitigating project risks related to delays or cost overruns.

Strategies for Efficient Mobilization

  • Detailed Planning and Scheduling: A comprehensive plan outlining the sequence of activities, associated resources, and expected timelines can make mobilization more efficient.
  • Lean Principles: Adopting lean construction principles can eliminate wastage of time and resources in mobilization. For instance, ‘Just-In-Time’ delivery of materials can reduce the need for large storage spaces on-site and keep inventory costs low.
  • Effective Communication: Clear, timely, and transparent communication between all stakeholders, including suppliers, workers, and site managers, is essential to keep mobilization activities streamlined.
  • Utilizing Technology: Digital technologies like GPS tracking for equipment, drones for site surveys, and AI-powered logistics software can drastically improve mobilization efficiency. Such tools help monitor resources in real-time, allowing for quick decisions and adjustments when necessary.

Incorporating Mobilization Costs in Job Bids

Including mobilization costs in job bids is crucial to ensure project profitability. Here’s how you can do it effectively:

  • Cost Estimation: Begin by identifying all potential mobilization expenses, including transportation costs, equipment setup and dismantling costs, temporary site facilities, and insurance premiums.
  • Project Phases: Divide the project into different phases and assign the proportionate mobilization costs to each phase. This allocation helps in understanding how much mobilization will cost over the project’s lifespan and how these costs will affect the project’s overall financial health.
  • Contingency Planning: Always factor in contingencies for unexpected expenses during mobilization. These could include unforeseen logistical hurdles, market price fluctuations, or adverse weather conditions that can disrupt the planned process. FYI, ProfitDig allows you to spread your contingencies across your job bid items so it is not a single line item in your bids.
  • Transparent Bidding: Include a detailed breakdown of mobilization costs in your bid. This transparency not only helps clients understand where their money is going but also provides a clear justification for your quoted prices.

By integrating efficient mobilization strategies and accurate cost accounting in your bids, you can streamline your operations, ensure project profitability, and foster stronger relationships with clients. After all, successful mobilization is more than just moving resources – it’s about orchestrating all elements of your project in harmony.