Competent construction consultants are excellent planners with strong cost estimation skills. During the design stage of a residential building project, for example, the consultant studies the home plan, estimates total projects costs and helps the owner establish a sound construction budget. This means he must be able to read and understand building blueprints. Construction consultants also need strong speaking skills to explain technical information to clients in an understandable manner, and teamwork skills to effectively collaborate with contractors and other personnel involved in the project.
Large-scale construction requires collaboration across multiple disciplines. An architect normally manages the job, and a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer or project manager supervises it. For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Those involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider zoning requirements, the environmental impact of the job, the successful scheduling, budgeting, construction-site safety, etc.