Book Name: Management of Construction Projects by Brian Cooke
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Language: English
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Language English
Pages 305
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Management of Construction Projects by Brian Cooke

Management of Construction Projects Contents

  • The organization of the Construction Proces
  • Developing Construction Teams 
  • Project Planning – Linked Bar Charts and Procurement Programmes
  • Contracts
  • Materials Management
  • Mechanical Handling and Risk Assessment 
  • Managing Construction Defects
  • Hotel and Office Project Development 
  • The Merlin Project 
  • The Co-operative Head Office Building 
  • Chinley School Project 
  • Retail Unit and Car Park
  • University Refurbishment Project 
  • Managing a Small Business

Preface to Management of Construction Projects

Managing Construction Projects is based on personal observations of six construction projects, with the text following the work stages from commencement to completion of the projects.

The content is based on the author’s observations of various aspects of each project. The information collected was freely given by the project managers, site managers, and surveying staff based on the projects.

The head office and site organization structure are outlined on each project concerning the main contractor.

Relationships between the client’s and the contractor’s team were also considered. Site planning and programming routines on the various contracts are outlined.

Extensive use was evident on all the projects that Asta Developments Power Project planning software was extensively used.

All projects relied on laptop computers to provide access to company documentation and procedures. Observations of the methods of handling a wide range of components including large story height panels, precast coffered floor units, and curtain wall panels are illustrated.

Site layout plans and examples of material storage proposals are also illustrated. Good and bad materials management practices on both large and smaller projects are also discussed.

A number of construction sequences are shown for the erection of a 15 story steel frame, 10 story pre-cast cross wall frame and related buildings.

The importance of construction method statements is dealt with in relation to the concreting of a large in-situ concrete floor. Separate chapters are included to supplement the case studies with additional notes and examples. These include:

  • Project organizational responsibilities based on an understanding of the knowledge and management skills required to undertake the various site management roles on a project
  • The principle of developing a team approach for managing future projects is indicated. This relates specifically to developing site management, quantity surveying, and site engineering teams which can be transferred from project to project.
  • Programming and planning projects, based on the Power Project linked bar chart software is illustrated for setting up a bar chart display. The relationships between the operations are shown together with the principles of establishing procurement displays.
  • Risk assessment displays are shown for a range of site-based tasks involving major plant items.
  • The importance of understanding the range of JCT contracts available in practice is an essential requirement for both the project manager and contract surveyor – these are summarised from information available from the JCT.

It is hoped that students and site management personnel obtain as much benefit from the material as I have enjoyed preparing it.

Managing Construction Projects will be of interest to both lecturers and students on the following College and University courses:

BTEC UNITS Taught subject areas included in the programs of study include: Law and Contracts, Health Safety and Welfare, Project Management (Planning and organizing), Management Principles (The role and responsibilities of site management personnel) BTEC LEVEL 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment Taught subjects to include:

Site Surveying Procedures and Practice, Technology of Complex Buildings, Project Management (Roles and Responsibilities, Organisation Structures and Team Building) BSc PROGRAMMES Degree Courses in Construction Management / Quantity Surveying and related subject areas at level 4, 5 and 6.

These include related subjects of Procurement and Project Information, Construction and Site practice, Commercial Management, Contract Practice, and Site Production Studies Many degree programs incorporate group project work which involves team building and analyzing construction sequences.

Tasks also include presenting construction programs, the selection and use of the plant, safety practices and materials management, and site layout planning.

This textbook would assist students in improving their presentation skills when preparing joint or individual coursework or projects in the final year of a degree program.


Management of Construction Projects

Author(s): Brian Cooke

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2014

ISBN: 1118555163,9781118555163

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