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Other units have addressed how and when to build.  This unit addresses the issue of are we building in the right place, to the correct dimensions and are we as managers ensuring that all of the construction components fit seamlessly and how do we do this.  This unit also establishes and reminds that although we have suppliers and site surveyors and engineers; the responsibility of project dimensional control sits firmly in the job description of the construction site manager.  A construction site manager is always responsible for all aspects of their projects.

A good construction site manager will have systems for recording all dimensional control information as this information may be of value post completion and therefore this information will have to be stored securely. Included in this information will be information that identifies who authorised and confirmed any agreed changes and why the changes were proposed. The information for  dimensional control is stored for later reference in case there is a dispute or in case anything needs to be moved or amended and during construction, so that team members can all work to the latest drawings and specifications.

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The problem for management NVQ candidates is that they ‘DO’ all of the aforementioned, but identifying what part of their knowledge is applicable to each question within their NVQ so that duplication of answers and confusion is avoided is often an issue. To prove my point, please review the following typical questions found in the learning aims of this Unit: Establish Project Dimensional Control Criteria in the Workplace.

  • Explain ways that relevant survey information can be obtained.
  • Explain how survey information can be checked to ensure it is up to date and accurate.
  • Explain how problems with survey information can be resolved and why problems need to be resolved.
  • Describe factors which determine dimensional control information.
  • Explain how information on project work can be correlated with dimensional control information.
  • Explain methods that can interpret information on project work which is relevant to dimensional control information.
  • Give reasons why information on project work, which is relevant to dimensional control information, needs to be correlated and interpreted.
  • Describe possible causes of variations between specified and actual site dimensions.
  • Explain how variations between the specified and the actual site dimensions can be identified.
  • Explain ways of recording variations between the specified and the actual site dimensions.
  • List and describe typical types of set reference points.
  • Explain how to accurately set and clearly identify reference points from set reference points.
  • Explain methods that can protect reference points from damage or removal.
  • Describe the elements of monitoring systems
  • Explain how monitoring systems can be developed.
  • Give reasons why monitoring systems should be developed.
  • Explain how typical measuring and recording equipment used to establish dimensional control is used maintained.
  • Give reasons why specific measuring and recording equipment should be selected for given projects.
  • Explain the methods and procedures that can be used to record and store dimensional control information which may be of later use.

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The Solution. In order to better enable the seasoned professional to complete this Unit, Establish Project Dimensional Control Criteria in the Workplace, Rivasure has produced a comprehensive online Audio Podcast Course.  This Unit is one of many online courses aimed at covering all of the key units contained within the Level 6 Construction Management NVQ Qualification. This series of Audio Podcast Unit Courses lays a solid foundation for each specific subject matter. Each Audio Podcast addresses each knowledge question, unpacking each one in detail and providing relevant and specific guidance.

In this Unit the learning outcomes are as follows;

  1. Obtain relevant survey information, check that it is up to date and accurate, and resolve any problems.
  2. Correlate and interpret information on project work which is relevant to dimensional control.
  3. Ensure that variations are identified between the specified and the actual site dimensions, record them accurately and circulate them to decision makers.
  4. Ensure that reference points are suitably placed, accurate, clearly identified and protected from movement or removal.
  5. Ensure a dimensional control monitoring system, which will make sure the specified accuracy criteria will be met, is established.
  6. Ensure that measuring and recording equipment is maintained to meet the specified accuracy criteria.
  7. Record any dimensional control information which may be of later use, and store it securely.

A learning outcome sets out what a candidate can expect to learn and do as a result of their learning.  This Audio Podcast mentoring series is excellent resource for NVQ candidates and management learners studying how to establish project dimensional control criteria in the workplace.


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Our Additional Online Guidance Series has proven to be a boost to candidates to more effectively fast-track them through the qualification. Each course matches a unit in the Edexcel NVQ Level 6 Diploma curriculum in Construction Management and are intended for guidance only.
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