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Tackling Large-Scale Projects in the Summer

By Leppo Rents
June 3, 2024

Table of Contents

  1. Pre-Project Planning and Strategy Development
    1. Comprehensive Risk Assessment
    2. Resource Allocation
    3. Timeline Optimization
  2. Technologies and Methodologies
    1. Advanced Technological Solutions
  3. Management Methodologies
    1. Agile Project Management
    2. Lean Project Management
    3. Waterfall Project Management
    4. Critical Path Method
  4. Strategic Equipment Utilization
    1. Efficiency
    2. Heat Resilience

When it comes to tackling large-scale projects, summer presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. The rise in temperatures, fluctuation in workforce availability, and the potential for seasonal disruptions call for strong project execution strategies. Leveraging the right equipment and plans is critical to not only minimizing these challenges but also optimizing efficiency, productivity, and safety.  

Pre-Project Planning and Strategy Development 

Comprehensive Risk Assessment 

Initiating a large-scale project requires a thorough risk assessment. Summer projects are prone to weather-related challenges, limited resources, and scheduling conflicts. As a result, a comprehensive risk assessment framework should include a close examination of these factors, enabling proactive mitigation plans that keep your projects running smoothly. 

Resource Allocation 

Careful utilization of resources is the key to effective project execution. This involves a thorough plan for distributing manpower, financial investment, and technological support. It's crucial to pay close attention to human capital allocation, adjusting for factors like summer vacations and decreasing productivity due to heat. 

Timeline Optimization 

When it comes to building project timelines during the summer, flexibility is extremely important. It is considered a best practice to incorporate buffer periods to accommodate last-minute delays. Utilizing project management software to make real-time adjustments can also greatly improve the project's likelihood of sticking to its timeline. 

Technology and Methodologies 

Advanced Technological Solutions 

Utilizing top-notch project management platforms and communication tools is essential during the planning of large-scale projects. Advanced technologies like these give project managers the oversight they need to orchestrate the project. Using these technologies also enables the smooth integration of remote work, instant updates, and collaborative problem-solving.  

Management Methodologies 

A survey by McKinsey found that, on average, 85% of projects break their budget and continue 20% longer than they were planned to, emphasizing the importance of thorough project management methodologies. Agile Project Management, Lean Project Management, Waterfall Project Management, and Critical Path Method are a few construction project management methodologies. Let’s dive into each. 

Agile Project Management 

This methodology can provide valuable methods to deal with complex or unpredictable factors that affect the construction industry. Attributes like flexibility, embracing change, being client-oriented and time-bound, and providing proactive responses are associated with agile projects and organizations. These attributes answer many common issues in the construction industry, like delays and budget overruns potentially caused by changes in the project’s scope.  

Lean Project Management 

This approach focuses on optimizing client value by reducing wasteful activities throughout the project's lifespan. By enabling the team to continually search for improvements, implement them, and share insights gained, they can boost both quality and productivity. Using this methodology, they focus on wasteful activities such as: overproduction, transportation, excess inventory, defects, over-processing, wasted motion, waiting time, and wasted human potential. 

Waterfall Project Management 

This traditional method is the oldest but the most used construction management method today. Reliant on detailed planning, this method may lack flexibility in handling project changes and could benefit from incorporating elements of other management methodologies. The key phases of project management with this method are initiation, planning, procurement, construction, and closeout.  

Critical Path Method 

The critical path method (CPM), developed in the 1950s, is commonly used as an extension of the waterfall method. This method consists of a sequence of interdependent tasks, leading the project from start to finish along its “critical path”. The CPM gives you a clear picture of what tasks are necessary to complete a project, and enables you to oversee each specific task, minimize risks, and handle unexpected events proactively. 

Strategic Equipment Utilization 

Choosing high-performance equipment is important for any project, during any season, no matter how big or small the project is. However, when tackling large-scale projects in the summer, it becomes increasingly important to select the right high-quality machinery for your project.  


The kind of equipment you choose for your project can significantly impact its productivity and efficiency, so it’s important to choose wisely. Our Bobcat range is known for its durability, versatility, and efficiency, from compact track loaders that navigate effectively through difficult terrain to telehandlers that offer unmatched lifting capabilities. 

Heat Resilience 

In hot temperatures, it becomes crucial to choose equipment with advanced cooling features. Bobcat’s S510 Skid Steer Loader features a best-in-class, pressurizing front door seal that repels dust and keeps clean, heated or air-conditioned air inside for maximum comfort.  

Bobcat’s E42 Compact Excavator offers a significant reduction in vibration, thanks to a dual-flange track roller system and a tighter connection between body panels and robust hinges and latches. These features work together to make operating your Bobcat machine more comfortable for quicker, more productive days on the jobsite this summer. 

The JLG 6042 Telehandler features a redesigned cab including a new dashboard, an integrated armrest, and optional air conditioning for operator comfort during the summer months. 

Selecting high-quality equipment for your summer projects not only improves productivity and efficiency but also increases operator safety. Working in the heat can be extremely taxing and dangerous for construction workers. By choosing equipment with advanced cooling features, you can enable your workers to focus on what matters most: completing the job at hand efficiently and safely.  

The Leppo Advantage 

Tackling large projects in the summer demands a strategic approach and the right equipment suitable for your specific needs. Through our extensive range of top-notch equipment, we provide the right tools and support that you need to navigate the challenges of construction in the summer. By prioritizing strategy, versatility, and safety, you can optimize your operations and ensure your projects succeed, regardless of the temperature outside. Conquer your summer projects today with Leppo Rents.  

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