Construction Project Management

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A Practical Guide for Building and Electrical Contractors
Edited by Eddy M. Rojas in Co-operation with ELECTRI International
Hardcover, 6×9, 432 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-002-0
June 2009
A Title in J. Ross Publishing’s Strategic Issues in Construction Series


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 author(s)

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
The Pre-Construction Planning Process
Pre-Construction Planning Activities
The Planning Assessment Process

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

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

Chapter 4: Sequencing Guidelines
Case Studies
Sequencing Guidelines
Rules to Support Sequencing Guidelines

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

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

Chapter 7: Recommended Safety Practices
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
Anecdotal Experiences: Recommended Practices
Safety Program Analysis

Chapter 8: Total Quality Management
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

Chapter 9: Quality Assurance
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

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

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

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

Appendix: Bibliography