Project Management for Construction

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Project Management for Construction

Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects and Builders
Contents:
  • The Owners' Perspective
  • Organizing For Project Management
  • The Design And Construction Process
  • Labor, Material, And Equipment Utilization
  • Cost Estimation
  • Economic Evaluation of Facility Investments
  • Financing of Constructed_Facilities
  • Construction Pricing and Contracting
  • Construction Planning
  • Fundamental Scheduling Procedures
  • Advanced Scheduling Techniques
  • Cost Control, Monitoring, and Accounting
  • Quality Control and Safety During Construction
  • Organization and Use of Project Information

This book is intended primarily as a text for advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate

students or professionals continuing their education in engineering, construction, architecture or
facilities management. Examples and discussion are chosen to remind readers that project
management is a challenging, dynamic and exciting enterprise and not just a record of past
practices. It should also be useful to professionals who wish an up-to-date reference on project
management.
Chapters 1 to 3 present an overview of the construction management and design process which
should be of interest to anyone engaged in project management for construction. One need not
have detailed knowledge about individual tasks or techniques for this part. Individuals can read 
these chapters and understand the basic philosophy and principles without further elaboration.

Chapters 4 through 14 describe specific functions and techniques useful in the process of project 
management. This part presents techniques and requirements during project planning, including
risk assessment, cost estimation, forecasting and economic evaluation. It is during this planning
and design phase in which major cost savings may be obtained during the eventual construction
and operation phases. It also addresses programming and financing issues, such as contracting
and bidding for services, financing, organizing communication and insuring effective use of
information. It further discusses techniques for control of time, cost and quality during the
construction phase. Beginning courses in engineering economics (including cash flow analysis
and discounting), use of computers, probability and statistics would be useful. Furthermore,
access to a personal computer with spreadsheet or equation solving software would be helpful for 
readers attempting some of the problems in Chapters 4 to 14. Numerous software programs
could be used for this purpose, including both spreadsheet and equation solving programs.
Problems in some chapters could also be done on any number of existing software packages for
information management and project scheduling. However, the use of personal computers in this 
fashion is not required in following the text material. Each instructor may exercise discretion in
omitting some of the material in these chapters if they are redundant with other classes or too
advanced for students in his or her own class.

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