Construction Scheduling: Principles and Practices / Edition 2

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This text is a comprehensive, stand alone reference for project management scheduling. It features a unique combination of principles/fundamentals of scheduling and project management along with practical applications and tutorials of the 4 most common scheduling software programs–Microsoft Project, Primavera Project Planner (P3), SureTrak, P6 Project Manager and Contractor. Having scheduling information and software instructions in one book obviates the need for two texts, and the exercises and examples in the scheduling portion are tied to the same exercises in the software portions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135137826
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 357,003
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


  • PhD. Vocational Education - Colorado State University, 1981; emphasis in Construction Management and Green Building Techniques.
  • Masters Degree - Brigham Young University, 1972; emphasis in Construction Technology and Instructional Media.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Brigham Young University, 1969; emphasis in Building Construction Technology.


1976 - PRESENT

  • Brigham Young University, Construction Management
    • Program Head 1983-1998. Had a major influence in the creation and development of the Construction Management Program at BYU from a relative unknown program to recognition as one of the strongest programs in the nation. Subjects Taught: Scheduling and Cost Control, Codes and Inspections, Administrative Practices in Construction, Electrical Systems, Advanced Construction Practices, HVAC Principles and Solar Design, and Construction Project Management.
  • Owner and manager of Newitt Construction and Consulting, a sole proprietorship specializing in Construction Management Consulting.


  • Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2007 from the Associated Schools of Construction
  • Author of Construction Scheduling - Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Has provided in-house training to over 200 companies on the basics of CPM Scheduling with software training on P3, SureTrak, or Microsoft Project.
  • Awarded as the 2004 “Professor of the Year” by the Associated Schools of Construction
  • Awarded as the 1999 “Professor of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.
  • Awarded as the 1992 “National Professor of the Year” by the Associated Builders & Contractors.
  • President of the Associated Schools of Construction 1990-91 (54 Universities, 406 Faculty)
  • Regional Director, Region VI of the Associated Schools of Construction.
  • Faculty Member of the National Associated Builders & Contractors Supervisors and Project Managers Academies at Clemson, S.C.
  • National Board of Directors for Associated Schools of Construction.
  • Featured speaker at a multitude of workshops dealing with CPM & PERT Network Scheduling Techniques, Cost Control, Construction Management, Affordability in Housing, Energy Efficient Construction Techniques, Passive Solar Construction, Payback Analysis, and Optimum Value Engineering.
  • Member of the following professional organizations: ABC, ACCE, AIC, AGC, & NAHB


  • Has made over 160 professional presentations at National Seminars and Workshops for Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, The National Center for Construction Education and Research, and The National Association of Home Builders.


  • Area of research deals with topics relating to construction management with emphasis on training managers in scheduling and project management techniques.
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Anyone involved in the management of projects will find this text useful; however, it is written specifically for managers in the construction industry and students preparing for management positions. Therefore, the examples are construction related. However, this text would be extremely helpful to anyone in a project management position in manufacturing, engineering, computer and software design, technology, military or business management.

The text contains comprehensive and practical information on the subject of scheduling, everything from checklists to the practical uses of CPM, including instructions on the four most popular project management software programs (Primavera Project Planner, SureTrak, Pie/c, and Microsoft Project). The text focuses on the basics of using the Critical Path Method (CPM) to plan and schedule projects and explains the use of CPM the way project managers use it. It is based on practical experience rather than research and theory. The emphasis is on managing a project rather than focusing on the details of CPM, getting lost in those details, and forgetting that the purpose of the schedule is to help manage and control a project.

The techniques discussed have been used by project managers in a variety of projects, from throughout the nation and from students the author has taught for over 2 S years in a four-year construction management curriculum at a major university: The author has consulted with and provided inhouse training to over 150 construction companies and trained literally thousands of managers on these principles and techniques.

The last four chapters in the book contain practical instructions on how to use Primavera ProjectPlanner (P3), P3 a/c, SureTrak, and Microsoft Project. The software instructions are project driven, rather than software driven. The instructions are based on how managers use the software, rather than explaining every detail on every screen, in the order the screens appear. These chapters contain examples and assignments that teach how to use the software to communicate and manage the project.

There is a CD included with the text that has example schedules for each of the software packages discussed. The CD also contains an automated checklist created with Microsoft Excel that some managers may find useful. In addition, the CD also contains an example bar chart created with Microsoft Excel.

It is the author's sincere hope that the ideas and information contained in this book will be able to help project managers gain better control of their projects and thus their life. It is the author's desire that through the application of these ideas and techniques the manager will have more time to spend with family and loved ones rather than living at the project site. As managers of major projects we must learn and apply methods to improve the management of our projects without spending excessive hours each week doing so. It is time we learn to manage and control the project rather than allowing it to manage and control us. This book contains ideas to help us to work smarter so that we can play harder.

Appreciation is expressed to my wife Sylvia and our six children: Jayson, Alisa, Jennifer (who edited the entire original manuscript), Chris, Jalyn, and Jarica for their support and patience during the writing of the text.

Particular thanks are due to Dr. Neil Eldin, Texas A & M University, Charles R. Glagola, University of Florida, and James Stein, Eastern Michigan University, for their assistance with the text review.

As you read this text book and have any comments or suggestions, the author would be pleased to hear from you. For professors using the text, the sharing of a course syllabus would also be appreciated.

Jay S. Newitt

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Table of Contents

1. Overview of Project Management Basics.
2. Why Schedule?
3. Checklists, Daily To-Do Lists, & Magnetic Scheduling Boards.
4. Bar Chart Schedules.
5. Introduction to CPM Scheduling.
6. Creating the Network Logic Diagram.
7. Determining Durations.
8. Calculating Start & Finish Dates.
9. Calculating Total, Shared, Free, Independent Float, and Negative Float.
10. Using Lags In Network Logic Diagrams.
11. Reviewing and Analyzing the Schedule.
12. Creating Bar Charts and Tabular Reports from Network Logic Diagrams.
13. Linear or Line-of-Balance Schedules.
14. Updating the Schedule.
15. Using the Schedule to Forecast and Balance Resources.
16. Cost Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC).
17. Creating Teamwork and to Getting Subcontractors to Conform to the Schedule.
18. Other Scheduling Techniques.
19. Introduction to Computerized CPM Scheduling.

20. Managing Projects Using Primavera Project Planner (P3).

21. Managing Projects Using SureTrak.

22. Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project.

23. Managing Projects Using P6 Project Manager or Contractor.

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