“We are a company in search of human and institutional growth: taking care of our own first, pyramids always start at the base”.
Engineer Luis Alberto Oropeza Escamilla, currently Director of Construction at Crecent Group, has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Initially, he began as a resident assistant until he currently serves as Director of Construction.
Luis relates that his beginnings were in vertical construction in New vallarta. That first contact gave him a lot of experience managing on site, visualizing new challenges to follow.
“It was very valuable to go step by step, each stage leaves you with a lot of learning, it nourishes you, you see things from different angles, giving you tools and knowledge.”.
He assures that the 80% of the knowledge obtained has been self-taught, acquiring knowledge and learning new tools such as Autocad, Revit and 3D Studio Max, getting more and more involved in the area of architecture, combining his experience as an engineer and thus allowing him to take carry out project and execution of work.
“What I like the most is to see how the environment becomes, from a piece of land to a building in operation. Bring that space to life. Leave a mark on the city.”
Construction Management represents a new challenge for Luis. “Generally when you are in something that you dominate you do not grow, it is something that I have liked about the company, there are many challenges and they force you to develop skills that you did not know you had in order to fulfill the objectives”.
He shares with us that each challenge represents a new opportunity for growth. He assures that his objective as Director of Construction in the short term is to comply with everything that is lagging.
“You have to make mistakes, mistakes form you, they make you strong. We learn more from our mistakes than from our achievements. mistakes teach us”.
In the medium term, it prospects as priority objectives to find financial balance and change the stigma that currently exists of not delivering on time, as well as giving us the value of the experience we have as a group, having a fair charge for carrying out projects.
New challenges for the Construction Management
Ing. Luis reports that the allocation of resources is currently the most complex challenge. “With the experience we have as a team, building today means perfecting what we already know how to do. The most important challenge is to have the economic resources in the time that we must have them”.
He assures that in the face of this great challenge and with new personnel under his charge, he is implementing a simplification methodology.
Planning and performance of the Construction Management team
For the Construction Department, an essential measurement tool is Excel, with the Power Pivot and Query add-ons, which allow shape data by exploring and visualizing it in pivot tables and charts, as well as using Microsoft Project for project planning and control.
Luis assures that in addition to carrying out control with the aforementioned tools and using the VS control system, it is essential to carry out a detailed review in conjunction with the administrative control, thus allowing the entire process to be complemented and made tangible.
One of its objectives within the planning is to train the Construction Management team to carry said tools in the same way, prioritizing the execution in the field to later pass it on to the planning. “In the current conditions, the strategy has to be immediate since we don't have time to sit down and review it, it's about speeding up. It is not only using the software, but understanding what we are using it for”.
Eng. Oropeza assures that the financial area needs a lot of development, so one of his training and preparation objectives as Director of Construction is to complete a master's degree in finance, this with the intention of evaluating if a project is viable, in addition to analyzing what we should continue to develop as a company. Ensures that the accounting area is becoming more complex.
Another of our areas of opportunity is the implementation of the BIM methodology: an acronym for Building Information Modelling, whose translation is construction information modeling. In this context, when applying the BIM methodology in a project, its information is generated. These data allow the creation of a digital model of the project where all the information is concentrated, which makes it possible to create the conditions to coordinate each team within the project in the different work stages. Thus, the workflow and project resources are optimized through the interdisciplinary collaboration of each of the parties involved.
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“BIM shortens design time and reduces project errors or omissions, provides early insight into potential problems and encourages constant improvement. Collaboration between multiple disciplines from early stages”.