Construction Project Scheduling and Control / Edition 2

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An easy-to-follow guide to the theory and practice of project scheduling and control

No matter how large or small the construction project, an efficient, well-thought-out schedule is crucial to achieving success. The schedule manages all aspects of a job, such as adjusting staff requirements at various stages, overseeing materials deliveries and equipment needs, organizing inspections, and estimating time needs for curing and settling—all of which requires a deep understanding on the part of the scheduler.

Written by a career construction professional, Construction Project Scheduling and Control, Second Edition has been fully revised with up-to-date coverage detailing all the steps needed to devise a technologically advanced schedule geared toward streamlining the construction process. Solved and unsolved exercises reinforce learning, while an overview of industry standard computer software sets the tone for further study. Some of the features in this Second Edition include:

  • Focus on precedence networks as a viable solution to scheduling, the main part of project control
  • The concepts of Dynamic Minimal Lag, a new CPM technique developed by the author
  • A new chapter on schedule risk management

By combining basic fundamentals with advanced techniques alongside the robust analysis of theory to enhance real-world applications, Construction Project Scheduling and Control is an ideal companion for students and professionals looking to formulate a schedule for a time-crunched industry in need of better ways to oversee projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470505335
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Series: CourseSmart Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 918,864
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Saleh Mubarak, PhD, is Training Manager at the Qatar Project Management (QPM) Company in Doha, Qatar. A member of PMI and the PMI College of Scheduling, he served on the committee that created the PMI COS professional scheduler certification exam and is a former project controls manager with the Public Works Department of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the First Edition.

Chapter 1 Introduction.

Planning and Scheduling.

Project Control.

Why Schedule Projects?

The Scheduler.

Scheduling and Project Management.

Chapter 1 Exercises.

Chapter 2 Bar (Gantt) Charts.

Definition and Introduction.

Advantages of Bar Charts.

Disadvantages of Bar Charts.

Chapter 2 Exercises.

Chapter 3 Basic Networks.

Definition and Introduction.

Arrow Networks.

Node Networks.

Comparison of Arrow and Node Networks.

Networks versus Bar Charts.

Time-Scaled Logic Diagrams.

Chapter 3 Exercises.

Chapter 4 The Critical Path Method (CPM).


Steps Required to Schedule a Project.

Supplemental Steps.

Resource Allocation and Leveling.

Beginning-of-Day or End-of-Day Convention.

The CPM Explained through Examples.

Logic and Constraints.

Chapter 4 Exercises.

Chapter 5 Precedence Networks.

Definition and Introduction.

The Four Types of Relationships.

The Percent Complete Approach.

Fast-Track Projects.

A Parallel Predecessor?

CPM Calculations for Precedence Diagrams.

Final Discussion.

Chapter 5 Exercises.

Chapter 6 Resource Allocation and Resource Leveling.


The Three Categories of Resources.

What Is Resource Allocation?

Resource Leveling.

Materials Management.

Chapter 6 Exercises.

Chapter 7 Schedule Updating and Project Control.


The Need for Schedule Updating.

Project Control Defined.

Schedule Updating.

Project Control.

Chapter 7 Exercises.

Chapter 8 Schedule Compression and Time-Cost Trade-Off.


Setting Priorities.

Accelerating a Project.

Direct and Indirect Costs.

Recovery Schedules.

Accelerating Projects Using Computers.

Potential Issues with Uncoordinated Project Acceleration.

Optimum Project Scheduling.

Chapter 8 Exercises.

Chapter 9 Reports and Presentations.


The Difference between Reports and Presentations.

Skills Necessary for Giving Good Presentations.

The Power of Presentation.

Reviewing Reports before and after Printing.

General Tips on Printing Reports.

Summary Reports.

Paper or Electronic Reports?


Communications in the International Environment.

Chapter 9 Exercises.

Chapter 10 Scheduling as Part of the Project Management Effort.


Scheduling and Estimating.

Estimating and Accounting.

Scheduling and Accounting.

Scheduling and Change Orders.

Paperless Project Management.

Procurement Management.

Management of Submittals.

The Master Schedule and Subschedules.

Multiproject Management.

Time Contingency and Management Options.

Chapter 10 Exercises.

Chapter 11 Other Scheduling Methods.


Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT).

Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique (GERT).

Linear Scheduling Method (LSM).

Chapter 11 Exercises.

Chapter 12 Dynamic Minimum Lag Relationship.


Why DML?

Similarity of DML Concept with Linear Scheduling Method (LSM).

How Does the DML Work?

DML Relationship in the CPM calculations.

Can the Lag in the DML Relationship Be a Percentage?


Chapter 12 Exercises.

Chapter 13 Construction Delay and Other Claims.

Methods of Schedule Analysis.

Chapter 13 Exercises.

Chapter 14 Schedule Risk Management.


Types of Risk in Construction Projects.

Schedule Risk Types.

Definition of Risk Terms.

Importance of Good Planning for Risk Management.

Importance of Good CPM Scheduling Practices for Risk Assessment.

Risk Shifting in Contracts.

Schedule Risk Management Steps.

Expected Value.

Application in Scheduling.

Examples of Risk Adjustment.


Chapter 14 Exercises.

Appendix A Computer Project.

General Guidelines.

Cost Loading.

Updating the Project.

Change Order.

Resource Leveling.

Schedule Compression.

Schedule Compression 2.

Delay Claim 1: Unforeseen Conditions.

Delay Claim 2: Change in Owner's Requirements.

Appendix B Sample Reports.

Tabular Reports.

Graphic Reports.






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