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The construction professional has to be a "jack of all trades, and master of all." This text covers a wide range of subjects, reflecting the breadth of knowledge needed to understand the dynamics of this large and complex industry.
This edition introduces extended coverage in the scheduling area to address more advanced and practice oriented procedures such as Start to Start, Finish to Finish, and similar relationship between activities in a network schedule.
This text has been used widely and has become a fairly standard course text at many universities. The first three editions have enjoyed wide success as an introductory treatment of the subjects which are critical to success in the construction industry. This fourth edition preserves the features that have been most appreciated by its users throughout the years, and adds suggestions provided by instructors and students through formal surveys and informal feedback to the authors.
This text is arranged in relatively short chapters with well defined, self-contained scope. This strategy results in a compact and direct delivery of the intended material, easy to teach and read. Chapters are sequenced in the logical flow described below.
Overall context. Chapter 1 (History and Basic Concepts) presents an overview of the construction industry, including a historical framework.
Procurement and execution. Chapters 2 (Preparing the Bid Package) and 3 (Issues During Construction Phase) discuss the procurement and administration of construction projects.
Company organisation and management. Chapters 4 (Construction Contracts), 5 (Legal Structure) and 6 (Impact of Taxes) look at issues affecting the company as a whole.
Planning and scheduling. Chapters 7 (Project Planning), 8 (Project Scheduling) and 9 (PERT Networks and Linear Operations) address these central aspects of the construction industry.
Managing money. Chapters 10 (The Mathematics of Money), 11 (Project Cash Flow) and 12 (Project Funding) deal with money as a company-wide resource to be planned and managed.
Construction equipment. Chapters 13 (Equipment Ownership) and 14 (Equipment Productivity) address the cost and productivity of the equipment used in the construction industry.
Labor. Chapter 15 (Construction Labor) discusses another basic construction resource. It discusses the changes in labor organization and legislation, alongside an explanation of the factors included in the computation of indirect labor costs.
Cost estimating and control. Chapter 16 (Estimating Process) provides an overview of the process used in construction to estimate the cost of a project. Chapter 17 (Cost Control) addresses the development of the systems required to keep track of a project's cost and to compare it against its progress.
Materials management. Chapter 18 (Materials Management) offers a close-up of the procurement and on-site management of the materials used in a construction project.
Safety. Chapter 19 (Safety) offers a concise and practical guide for safety considerations.
Chapter 1 History and Basic Concepts
Chapter 2 Preparing the Bid Package
Chapter 3 Issues During Construction Phase
Chapter 4 Construction Contracts
Chapter 5 Legal Structure
Chapter 6 Impact of Taxes
Chapter 7 Project Planning
Chapter 8 Project Scheduling
Chapter 9 Scheduling: Program Evaluation and Review Technique Networks and Linear Operations
Chapter 10 The Mathematics of Money
Chapter 11 Project Cash Flow
Chapter 12 Project Funding
Chapter 13 Equipment Ownership
Chapter 14 Equipment Productivity
Chapter 15 Construction Labor
Chapter 16 Estimating Process
Chapter 17 Cost Control
Chapter 18 Materials Management
Chapter 19 Safety
Chapter 20 Construction Operations
DANIEL W. HALPIN :- is Professor Emeritus and retired Bowen Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received the MSCE and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969 and 1973. Prior to attending Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers receiving the Bronze Star Medal for service in the Republic of Vietnam. His awards include the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (1979) and the Peurifoy Construction Research Award (1992) both given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE recognized his achievements with distinguished membership (Dist.M.ASCE) in 2006. Also in 2006, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) awarded him the prestigious Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence, CII's highest award. He is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC) and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2008.
BOLIVAR A. SENIOR :- is Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in the management of construction projects. He headed Senior Brown Associates, Inc., consultants in the area of planning and control, and served as project manager for several companies in his native country, Dominican Republic. He has published many articles and a book in the areas of project planning and control, financial management and construction management education.
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