Project Management in Construction

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Project Management in Construction


Project management spans many management disciplines and relies on a wide range of

diverse technical and managerial skills. The average construction project manager must be able

to communicate and work with the client, the company accountant, the bank, the purchasing
manager, the architect, the design engineer, specialists and contractors in specialist trades, site
supervisors, the human resources manager, lawyers, insurers, various professional bodies, and
with local authority officers and other statutory bodies. The construction industry, like many
others, is awash with regulations, some of which carry severe penalties if they are flouted. So
project management can be a very broad subject, impossible to cover fully in a single
introductory textbook.


However, if we pare away all the ancillary topics, a small group of essential core project
management skills remains. These are the methods by which a project is organized, planned and 
controlled. These are the essential processes needed to ensure that the project meets the three 

primary objectives of cost, time and performance or, in other words, that the project is finished to 
the mutual satisfaction of the client and the contractor. But confining the discussion to these core 
elements still leaves a wide range of possible topics because the project management methods
chosen will depend to a large extent on the size and nature of the project. Even the objectives
themselves are not always clear-cut, and there will always be other ‘stakeholders’, apart from the 
client and the contractor, whose wishes must be taken into account.
So, writing about project management could be seen as a daunting task. What should I have
included and what should have been left out? However, my work was made considerably easier
by the knowledge that this book has companion volumes that deal specifically with other
important related topics. That left me free to concentrate on the core issues, so that is what I have 
done.

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