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Construction Project Management

Construction Project Management

A Practical Guide for Building and Electrical Contractors
Edited by Eddy M. Rojas in Co-operation with ELECTRI International
Hardcover, 6x9, 432 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-002-0
June 2009
A Title in J. Ross Publishing’s Strategic Issues in Construction Series

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Construction Project Management offers some of the best project management studies commissioned by ELECTRI International: The Foundation for Electrical Construction that were selected, coordinated, and monitored by some of the most progressive contractors and performed by outstanding scholars from top U.S. universities. Topics include pre-construction planning, early warning signs of project distress, impact of change orders, project sequencing, ideal jobsite inventory levels, tool and material control systems, recommended safety practices, partnering, total quality management, quality assurance, performance evaluations, and contract risk management. All specialty and general contractors will find value in this practical book. The concepts presented will improve your understanding of the main issues affecting construction project management and will provide you with tools and strategies to enhance your company's productivity and profitability.

WAV offers downloadable files consisting of:

  • Checklists for each one of the 10 categories that make up the model pre-construction planning process, including standard procedures for change orders, RFIs, submittals, transmittals, billing, progress updates, a sample requirements and expectations letter and a sample letter of intent.
  • A Spanish translation of Chapter 7: Recommended Safety Practices.
  • A methodology for assessing contractors' TQM program progress based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria.
  • Materials to assist contractors in preparing a quality assurance manual and implementing an effective quality assurance program.
  • A template for a partnering workshop that includes a sample partnering agenda, an introduction to the basic partnering concepts, sample mission statements, and a sample partnering charter.
  • Sample evaluation forms that contractors can customize to evaluate supervisors, journeymen, and apprentices.
  • Key Features
  • Presents construction project management concepts in a clear and understandable manner
  • Provides practical information on pre-construction activities to enhance field productivity for construction projects
  • Offers specific examples based on real life experience in electrical construction
  • Covers major industry issues such as the impact of change orders, safety, tools and material control, and contract risk management
  • Presents strategies for implementing concepts such as partnering, total quality management, and quality assurance at the field level
  • About the Editor
    Dr. Eddy M. Rojas is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, where he is the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education. He is an internationally recognized scholar in construction engineering and management. Dr. Rojas has published numerous papers in professional journals and conference proceedings and is also the developer and facilitator of the Virtual Community of Construction Scholars. His research interests are modeling, simulation, and visualization of construction engineering and management processes; engineering education; and construction economics.
    Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: Pre-Construction Planning
    Introduction
    Methodology
    The Pre-Construction Planning Process
    Pre-Construction Planning Activities
    The Planning Assessment Process
    Conclusions

    Chapter 2: Early Warning Signs of Project Distress
    Introduction
    Project Distress Diary (PDD)
    Case Study 1
    Case Study 2
    Conclusions

    Chapter 3: Cumulative Impact of Change Orders
    Introduction
    Fundamental Concepts
    Is Cumulative Impact Real?
    Determining Impact
    Quantifying Impact
    Recommendations
    Conclusions

    Chapter 4: Sequencing Guidelines
    Introduction
    Background
    Case Studies
    Sequencing Guidelines
    Rules to Support Sequencing Guidelines
    Conclusions

    Chapter 5: Ideal Jobsite Inventory Levels
    Introduction
    Inventory Principles
    Developing the Loss Function
    Optimal Inventory Levels in Construction
    Optimal Material Management Models for Contractors
    Sic Step of the Procurement Process
    Conclusions

    Chapter 6: Tool and Material Control Systems
    Introduction
    Tool Control Systems
    Material Control Systems
    Conclusions

    Chapter 7: Recommended Safety Practices
    Introduction
    Safety and the Bottom Line
    Causation Theories: Why Do Accidents Occur?
    The Problem with Academic Accident Theory
    Magnitude of the Safety Issue in the Construction Industry
    Methodology
    Anecdotal Experiences: Recommended Practices
    Safety Program Analysis
    Conclusions

    Chapter 8: Total Quality Management
    Introduction
    Fundamentals of Total Quality Management
    What is Quality?
    Committing to Quality
    Planning for Quality
    Organizing for Quality
    Managing for Quality
    Identifying Improvement Opportunities
    Implementing TQM in the Field
    Measuring Results
    Conclusions

    Chapter 9: Quality Assurance
    Introduction
    Quality Assurance Fundamentals
    Quality Assurance Program Model
    Steps in Developing a Quality Assurance Program
    Installation, Inspection, and Testing Procedures
    Forms, Tags, Checklists, and Records
    Evaluating Your Quality Assurance Program
    Conclusions

    Chapter 10: Partnering
    Introduction
    Partnering Fundamentals
    Benefits of Partnering
    Partnering Applications
    Recommended Steps for Implementation
    Conclusions

    Chapter 11: Performance Evaluations
    Introduction
    Methodology
    The Purpose of Performance Evaluations
    Survey of Supervisors’ Duties and Attributes
    Survey of Craftsmen’s Duties and Attributes
    Evaluation Process Details
    Conducting Evaluations
    Conclusions

    Chapter 12: Contract Risk Management
    Introduction
    Preparing for Contract Risk Management
    Rights and Responsibility Clauses
    Entitlement Clauses
    Procedural Clauses
    Conclusions

    Appendix: Bibliography
    Index
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