Construction Management is a wide ranging discipline, but ultimately it is a demanding, hands-on discipline concerned with the management of people, plant and materials, all mobilised to complete a building project safely, on time, on budget and to the client’s satisfaction. Management of Construction Projects is a highly illustrated series of case studies based on seven live construction management projects, demonstrating the very practical nature of managing projects. The detailed case studies cover a variety of construction projects, varying in value from £1million to £117 million, including a major inner city office block, a portal framed factory unit, a university refurbishment project, a superstore & car park and a new school building. The case studies emphasise detailed on site management procedures and identify a predominantly functional approach to managing projects. A number of related chapters covering practical and theoretical aspects of construction management support and illustrate the individual case studies. With a strong emphasis on the practical nature of the subject, Management of Construction Projects is an ideal introduction to the subject for all students on construction and related degree and diploma programmes. It will be of particular interest to students preparing for the CIOB EPA programme and the new NVQ courses at level 4 and 5 in construction management.
Construction materials management is an important element in the management of construction projects. One of the construction materials widely used in construction projects is concrete. Concrete being one of the important constituents of many of the construction projects, in addition to its subjectivity to variability, requires a close and thorough care and handling in construction projects. The constituents of concrete, which majority of them occur naturally, are subjected to a wide range of variability and quality problems. Therefore, with this respect a research was carried out to assess the situation of handling of concrete making materials in the Ethiopian construction industry with a special emphasis given to the concrete making aggregates. The findings of the research are presented in this book.
Management of Global Construction Projects is the first textbook of its kind, taking a uniquely global approach to project management in construction. Using a wealth of case studies from around the world to explain theory and practice, the authors take a business-oriented, decision-making approach to project management and the challenges it faces in the modern world.The book covers topics highly relevant to the challenges and opportunities currently facing the global construction industry, including managing culturally diverse and globally dispersed teams, international project finance and global stakeholders in projects.Management of Global Construction Projects- is the first textbook to combine project management and international construction- features a wide range of international case studies, with examples from BRIC countries and Africa, to provide real insight into construction across the world, including in developing countries- covers increasingly important and current issues, such as managing sustainability and cultural diversityManagement of Global Construction Projects is essential reading for both students of construction management and professionals looking to understand construction project management in a truly global context.
This book presents techniques for effective and successful project management across all phases of the project, covering all of the management tools and leadership skills for any industrial project. It presents advanced modern tools for use by management and engineers in decision making, and it covers the gap between project management theories of the actual project. This volume is a «one-stop shop» for project and construction management of industrial projects, for engineers, managers, owners, and anyone else working on the project.
Competitive Bidding, Competitive Sealed Proposal, Construction Management Agency, Construction Management at Risk, Design-Build, Design-Build-Bridging, and Job Order Contracting are seven project delivery methods (PDM) that are commonly used in the state of Texas today. This book empirically compares the cost, schedule, and change order management performance of these project delivery methods (PDM) through in-depth analysis of selected construction projects that are chosen from the State of Texas by Engineering News Record (ENR) as the Best Construction Projects of the year 2009. Detailed information on research methodology, survey instrument, performance metrics, results, interpretations, and conclusions of the analysis are presented. Also presented are the "Lessons Learned", provided by the project participants.
Construction projects are the major indicator of the industry to the overall health of its own economy considered. The impact rate of construction would growth directly those problems would clear base on the failing of the project. It is generally believed that most of the time projects are delayed. This book sought to investigate causes of delays in construction, and provide recommendations for project management reliability improvement and avoid delay.
Construction projects are extremely complex and often take place in an uncontrolled and dynamic environment where each project goes through several phases leading to completion. In addition, projects in this industry suffer from quality problems, cost over-runs, and delays, which can be traced back to the lack of accurate and real-time information amongst the players. Because of this, modern construction management requires real-time and accurate information for sharing amongst all the parties involved, to undertake efficient and effective planning as well as execution of the projects. This book provides a new approach for automating the task of resources management in construction, integrating the latest innovations in ADC technologies (i.e. RFID, GPS, and GPRS). The proposed integrated system can facilitate extremely low-cost and infrastructure-free solutions to uniquely identify materials, components, and equipment and to track them in three phases, namely; production sites (off-site), shipping (en-route), and construction job sites (on-site) almost instantaneously. This book should assist contractors in automating the management of construction activities.
An authoritative textbook on construction management offering a clear model for understanding theoretical aspects. The construction industry has become a truly global network of interconnected stakeholders making demands which require the involvement of skilled workforces from all over the world. Construction Management Strategies sets the foundations for understanding and managing construction’s inherent complexity and uniqueness. It establishes clear definitions of commonly accepted terms like built environment, construction, civil engineering, etc. which are often given confusing and conflicting interpretations. It cuts through the plethora of overlapping role titles currently used in the construction sector that make it difficult to establish how projects are actually managed. Construction Management Strategies: Offers a robust and consistent theoretical basis to explain the performance of the main approaches to construction management. Describes corporate and project management in construction as an integrated whole. Provides the basic toolkit a student needs to think through the practical situations they will later face. Helps bring the theory of construction management to international students who struggle to find a solid grounding in this complex and fragmented subject. Includes a companion website featuring a wealth of directly transferable examples for students, as well as PPT slides and topic discussion ideas for lecturers.
The books takes a holistic picture of construction projects delays and cost overruns by examining real projects. The major causes of project delays and cost overruns have been identified on the basis of questionnaire survey from the major stakeholders, including contractors, designers, sponsors and project managers. The analysis has revealed that cost increases, time delays and poor quality are three major concerns in the construction projects of Higher Education Sector of Pakistan. In the economic analysis, the delayed part of the projects has been analyzed on the basis of actual costs from the real time cost data. The Construction Price Index has been calculated on the basis of increases in the costs of delayed items of work. The book is recommended for the graduate students of Construction and Project management. It is also useful for the undergraduate students to develop their perceptions about the project management. For the students in Pakistan, the book can provide valuable information about the factors leading to project delays and cost overruns of construction projects
By their very nature, construction projects can create seemingly endless opportunities for conflict. Written by a best selling author with over 40 years of experiences in the construction and general contracting business, Construction Process Planning and Management provides you with the necessary tools to save time and money on your construction project. In this book, Sid Levy provides valuable advice for avoiding or working through the common problems that are a result of the long-term nature of construction projects, failure to select a ?project delivery system? appropriate to the project, incomplete drawing and specifications, unrealistic scheduling, poor communication and coordination among participants, and inadequate contract administration. From project genesis, through design development to contractor and contract selection, on to construction oversight, punch list and successful project close-out, this book will point out those pitfalls to avoid and offer practical advice at every step along the way. Administer the general construction process including solicitation of contractor's qualifications (pre-qualify bidders), comparative analysis of bid packages, recommendation for contract award, contract document negotiation and documentation of job change orders. Provide Project Planning and on-site management and coordination of all construction projects. Ensure compliance of building construction rules and regulations and collaborate with chief engineers to monitor quality of construction. Conduct technical/plan review of construction documents and submit written responses identifying required corrections or changes. Design, implement and oversee Company standards for construction policies, practices and processes.
Managing Change in Construction Projects: a knowledge-based approach offers a new perspective on construction project change by viewing the process of change management as a knowledge-intensive activity, where team members bring their tacit and explicit knowledge into the situation; share, create and capture this collective knowledge for future re-use in similar situations. Through this knowledge-based approach, construction teams can successfully resolve and learn from change events, leading to an overall improved performance of the industry. The book will make a significant contribution to our understanding of construction project change by offering new theoretical and practical insights and models grounded in results of case studies conducted within two collaborative construction project team settings. By demonstrating how the social construction of knowledge works in construction settings, the authors challenge the prevailing change management solutions based on ‘hard’ IT approaches. They put forward a balanced view that incorporates both IT–based and socially constructed approaches to effective management of construction project change. helps construction managers to improve and learn through the process of construction project change presents new theoretical models and offers practical guidelines first research-based book to directly address project change from a knowledge-based perspective draws on detailed studies with construction companies, including Ballast Construction and Kier Construction encourages a move from the information driven, process integrated approach to a knowledge-based view
The information required for construction quantities surveying is not only generated by various participants in different construction phases but also stored in different forms including graphics, text, tables, or various combinations of the three. To report a bill of quantities BOQ and other documents, project manager has to continuously excerpt information from various resources and record it on papers. Without adequate staff and time, this repetitive and tedious process is difficult for the project manager to handle properly and thus reduces the effectiveness and the accuracy of the quantities surveying process which creates problems during the design, tender, and construction supervision of construction projects. Hence, automation quantity surveying system has been developed by using GIS to extract the data required for the quantity of different components of any construction project from AutoCAD drawings, to report a BOQ. This book present the main applications of GIS in construction projects for project managers, contractors, whom participate in construction projects, and who may be considering in integrating GIS and construction management .
Project management is of critical importance in construction, yet its execution poses major challenges. In order to keep a project on track, decisions often have to be made before all the necessary information is available. Drawing on a wide range of research, Managing Construction Projects proposes new ways of thinking about project management in construction, exploring the skills required to manage uncertainty and offering techniques for thinking about the challenges involved. The second edition takes the information processing perspective introduced in the first edition and develops it further. In particular, this approach deepens the reader’s understanding of the dynamics in the construction project process – from the value proposition inherent in the project mission, to the functioning asset that generates value for its owners and users. Managing Construction Projects is a unique and indispensible contribution to the available literature on construction project management. It will be of particular benefit to advanced students of construction and construction project management, as well as contractors and quantity surveyors. Reviews of the First edition: «A massive review of the art and science of the management of projects that has the great virtue of being a good read wherever it is touched. It spills the dirt on things that went wrong, elucidates the history so you can understand the industry's current stance, draws on other countries experience and explains the latest management processes. Throughout it is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes and case histories which amply illustrate the dos and don't for practitioners wishing to deliver projects on time to expected quality and price. A valuable book for students and practitioners alike.» —John D Findlay, Director, Stent «This is a valuable source for practitioners and students. It covers the A-Z of project management in a confident contemporary manner, and provides a powerful and much needed conceptual perspective in place of a purely prescriptive approach. The engaging presentation introduces a range of challenges to established thinking about project management, often by making comparisons between practices in the UK and those of other countries.» —Peter Lansley, Professor of Construction Management, University of Reading «A refreshing and unique study of information management and its impact upon international construction project management.... The book is well presented and written, logical and succinct and is flexible enough to allow readers to either read from start to finish or to dip into selected chapters. This book deserves to be an established text for any construction or civil engineering under – and/or postgraduate course.» —CNBR, 25th November 2003 «Generous use is made of anecdotes andc case histories throughout to support the theory. the book illustrates the mistakes made by others, and the means to deliver projects on time and to cost.» —Building Services Journal, April 2004
Modern public construction projects involve multiple stakeholders, such as designers, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, consultants and specialists from different disciplines. In a multi-agency work environment, it is natural to have clash of objectives and interests among the different stakeholders. The objective of public project management is to ensure the success of a project which not only involves managing the schedule, cost, and quality, generally known as ‘the iron triangle’, but also satisfying a number of other performance criteria, such as avoiding disputes, and complying with safety norms. Identification of the success factors is considered the key to achieving success in these projects. The aim of this book is to identify and spotlight factors crucial to the success of construction projects in Ghana. Specific objectives included identifying the factors that influence the success of a construction project and establishing the critical success factors as well. A literature search on construction projects success in construction was carried out.