Pipeline projects take on many shapes and sizes; no two are the same. Each project, regardless of size, scope and location, has its own unique set of challenges. Among the most common:
- Easements and rights-of-way
- Material availability
- Other utilities
- Subsurface conditions
Overcoming such obstacles requires a clear understanding of the scope of work as well as project expectations — and such understanding surfaces through upfront, effective communication with all parties involved. These days, with many face-to-face interactions on hold, the importance of open communication is more evident than ever.
This understanding emerges when the information receiver acknowledges the information giver; there’s no ambiguity and everyone is on the same page. In today’s world — where communication, especially written, can be instant and often misinterpreted — it’s critical to be clear and concise to eliminate the potential for ambiguity, especially as it relates to complex project needs and contractor capabilities. When in doubt, pick up the phone or schedule a video call to address questions and concerns, and the earlier, the better. The success of the project depends on it.