An Interview with Ashley Boon, Preconstruction Project Manager at Studio DB

As a Preconstruction Project Manager, Ashley deals with one of the top challenges we face at Studio DB: handling clients' financial goals. But being a Project Manager isn't just about sticking to the budget. The Project Delivery team are always on the lookout for ways to make things smoother and better like our site scanning tool to streamline processes and improve project outcomes.
26 Jul
Studio DB
Q and A

Could you share with us some information about your background and how you initially became involved in the construction industry while working at Studio DB?

Since leaving school, I've been with Studio DB, starting out as a member of the furniture installation team. While working, I undertook postgraduate studies and gradually progressed to my current position as a Preconstruction Project Manager.

Could you describe a recent preconstruction project you were involved in and discuss some of the challenges you encountered during the process?

An example of a recent project I was involved in during the preconstruction phase, we worked on a commercial office fit-out for a major corporate client. Throughout this project, we encountered several significant challenges, one of which was managing the project budget while meeting the client's financial objectives.

To address this challenge, we had to work closely with the client and use our expertise to make smart decisions regarding product specifications. We were also able to identify areas where we could save costs, such as through our tender process, in order to pass on these savings to our client and ensure that the project stayed on track.

Successfully managing project budgets and financial goals is always a critical aspect of preconstruction work, and our team's ability to navigate this challenge was essential to the success of the project as a whole.

How do you collaborate with the design team, contractors, and clients to ensure that everyone's needs and expectations are met during the preconstruction phase?

We maintain clear communication by conducting weekly internal and external Preconstruction Group (PCG) meetings to ensure that any issues are promptly addressed. We encourage open communication among all parties involved throughout the preconstruction process.

What do you see as the biggest trends or challenges in the preconstruction field currently, and how is Studio DB addressing them?

One of the prominent trends in the preconstruction industry today involves leveraging technology to optimize processes and facilitate collaboration. At Studio DB, we actively explore new technologies and tools that can improve our efficiency and effectiveness.

One such example is our site scanning tool, which enables us to accurately scan the site and create a detailed 3D model of the space. This allows us to take precise measurements down to the nearest millimeter, providing us with highly accurate data to work with. By utilizing this technology, we are able to streamline our processes and make informed decisions more quickly, ultimately saving time and improving project outcomes.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the preconstruction field?

If you're starting out in the preconstruction field, my advice would be to stay organized, take the initiative, and always be eager to learn. Preconstruction can be a fast-paced and challenging field, but it's also incredibly rewarding.

By being detail-oriented and proactive, you'll be able to manage your workload and work well with all stakeholders involved in the project. Plus, you'll be able to spot and address any potential issues before they become major obstacles.

Remember that everyone starts somewhere, and it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Keep an open mind and stay curious, and you'll continue to grow in your role.

And lastly, what inspired you to pursue a career in construction management?

While I originally aimed to join the sales team, I've discovered that this role suits me better. One thing I really appreciate is that each day brings something new, and each project presents unique challenges to solve. But what I find most rewarding about my work is witnessing the incredible transformations of our clients' workspaces.

It's been a great experience for me, and I'm grateful to be part of such an innovative and dynamic team.

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