How to Complete an Engineering Project Within the Budget

Engineering projects come with budgets. You are supposed to ensure that every engineering project you work on is completed within the budget. But this is not always easy. Unexpected costs keep on creeping, threatening to knock you off the budget. Furthermore, things often cost much more than anticipated, threatening to knock you further off the budget. Generally, in all engineering projects, it is very hard to come up with cost estimates that are entirely accurate. It is also very hard to think of all the costs that are likely to be incurred in the cost of an engineering project. For instance, it may be hard to foresee a situation where it rains in the course of an engineering project, forcing you to pump water out of the project site. Or it may be hard to foresee a situation where the engineering project coincides with a severe drought, forcing you to buy water in a bowser, just to keep the engineering project going on.

There are nonetheless some things you can do to ensure that you complete an engineering project within the budget.

  1. Ensure that the budget is realistic, to start out with.
  2. Include a provision for contingencies in the budget.
  3. Manage the project finances properly.

The last bit, on managing the project finances properly, deserves special attention. You need to create a system to ensure that all monies that are disbursed in the course of the engineering project are well accounted for. You may need to set up a voucher system, and ensure that the people signing for the vouchers are willing to be surcharged in case the money is not spent properly. You may even need to hire a finance professional, to help you get the engineering project(s) you are working on completed within the budgets. True, the finance professional will be costly to maintain (in terms of salary, allowances and so on). Yet he can help you save much more money, and get the engineering projects you are working on completed within the budget(s).

Assessing the Environmental Impact of an Engineering Project

All engineering projects have an impact on the environment. That is why most governments require environmental impact assessment reports to be submitted, before they can give approvals for engineering projects. Therefore, the people who are undertaking the engineering projects are supposed to identify the specific ways in which their projects are likely to impact the environment. Then they are supposed to state the measures they intend to put in place, to mitigate the environmental impact.

Some of the ways in which engineering projects tend to impact the environment include:

  1. Through noise pollution: engineering projects often entail the use of heavy machinery. Such machinery produces a lot of noise. The noise can cause a great deal of disturbance to the people living near the area where the engineering project is taking place. Sometimes, the noise is enough to cause hearing problems to the people living in the area where the engineering project is taking place.
  2. Through the production of dust: the heavy machinery that is used in engineering projects tends to grind soil as it moves around, leading to the production of dust. The dust, when inhaled, can have a deleterious effect on the health of the people living near the area where the engineering project is taking place.
  3. Through water utilization: engineering projects often require lots of water. Oftentimes, the water has to be drawn from the source that is relied upon by the community living in the area where the engineering project is being undertaken. This can at times lead to a situation where the community members have to deal with water rationing issues.
  4. Through the drainage systems: sometimes, engineering projects interfere with local drainage systems (at least in the short term). That can at often lead to issues like flooding, or malfunctioning of sewerage systems, resulting in considerable inconvenience to the members of the surrounding community.