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Construction Project Scheduling and Control / Edition 1

Construction Project Scheduling and Control / Edition 1

by Saleh Mubarak


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Construction Project Scheduling and Control / Edition 1

Construction Project Scheduling and Control will appeal to a broad range of readers, both students and professionals. It contains a useful blend of basic fundamentals and advanced techniques, as well as understandable theory and practical applications. This is a scheduling text reflective of today's industry. Some of the key features include:

  • Numerous solved example problems as well as practice exercises.
  • References to the major software programs without making an attempt to teach them in detail.
  • Precedence networks as the major scheduling method, with coverage of arrow networks restricted to minor coverage as needed.
  • Focus on scheduling as part of the overall project management effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780130973146
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 08/02/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.51(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.89(d)

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The art of teaching requires two important components: knowledge of the subject and the ability to convey this knowledge to students. Having a love of the subject is a bonus that allows a teacher to take the classroom to an even higher level.

During my career as a structural engineer, as a construction professional, and as a professor, I have had to play many roles and wear many hats. There is no question that the different roles and different positions have provided me with rounded knowledge and a panoramic view of the construction industry. However, no subject has been more interesting and more intriguing to me than scheduling and project control. During my teaching career, I have acquired many books on this subject. Many of them are good or excellent books, but none has fulfilled my exact need. Some lack the detailed step-by-step approach, some have few examples and exercises, some are written by academicians with little real-world application, and some deal with the subject of scheduling and project control as if it were still the 1970s or 1980s. I have been looking for a book that does the following:

  • Addresses the average student and details all steps clearly and without shortcuts
  • Includes many solved and unsolved exercises that cover all the subjects in the book
  • Relates to computer software programs used in the construction industry without making them the center of attention or overshadowing the theoretical principles
  • Deals with precedence networks as the main and only scheduling method, having coverage of arrow networks only as part of the evolution of scheduling
  • Focuses on scheduling as part of the overall project management effort(rather than as just one chapter in a book on project management)

Not having found such a book and after having taught scheduling for several years using four textbooks, I decided to write my own book. I started writing from scratch in early 2001. I also began living it: in my office, at home, when going to bed, in the shower, while driving the car, almost every waking moment. As ideas would come to mind, I would write them on a piece of paper or record them on my digital tape recorder. I did not want to let any idea escape me. Several experts also reviewed this book and provided me with invaluable critiques, and I made additional changes and improvements every time I read the text. Following is an outline of this textbook.

In chapter 1, planning, scheduling, and project control are defined, and the steps needed to build a schedule are described. In chapter 2, bar (Gantt) charts, the most common method used to display and report schedules, are introduced. This topic is revisited in chapter 9. Networks and the critical path method (CPM) are covered in the next four chapters. Chapter 3 covers arrow and node networks and their history, concepts, and structure. Chapter 4 addresses the CPM and its calculations. Chapter 5 covers precedence networks, an advanced form of node networks with its own calculations and concepts. I realize that this subject can become more complicated than field personnel or students can (or like to) handle. As a result, in this chapter, I offer two approaches: the simplistic approach, which leads to bottom-line results without becoming bogged in the details, and the detailed approach, for those who want to study the subject thoroughly. I further distinguish between continuous and interruptible activities, a subject I have not seen discussed clearly and sufficiently elsewhere in the literature.

Chapter 6 deals with resource allocation and leveling. This concept is explained clearly, more so in English than in mathematical terms. The mathematical model or algorithm for resource leveling is not discussed because it is complicated and unnecessary and because most schedulers never refer to it. Powerful computers and software have made this function feasible and practical.

Scheduling "Would be worthless without updating and project control, so chapter 7 covers this important subject. Chapter 8 addresses an interesting topic: schedule compression and time-cost trade-offs. In chapter 9, I explain some commonsense ideas about reports and presentations, in the context of scheduling. In chapter 10, I address scheduling as part of the project management effort. This chapter sheds some light on the interrelationships among scheduling, estimating, and other components of construction project management.

Chapter 11 covers a few other scheduling methods, such as the program evaluation and review technique (PERT) and the linear scheduling method (LSM). Chapter 12 provides brief coverage of delay claims, their avoidance, and their resolution. Because the coverage is brief, this chapter is not to be considered the ultimate reference on this subject.

Appendix A contains a computer project with multiple assignments that correspond to all subjects discussed in the book. Appendix B contains a few sample reports that the author created using Primavera Pie/c and SureTrak Project Manager software.

Throughout the book are not only illustrated examples for almost every concept, but also end-of-chapter exercises. Such exercises include both numerical-type exercises (covering the spectrum of difficulty) and conceptual questions. The latter type are mostly short, essay-type questions. Multiple-choice questions are not included because students need to know what the terms and definitions of construction scheduling are, rather than what they are not. Also, several exercise projects are provided so that students can use them for a computer project.

My intent was to introduce a scheduling book suitable for the 21st century. I hope that I have succeeded; however, I am sure that readers—construction professionals, educators, and students—will have suggestions and criticisms of this text. I encourage readers to send their corrections and suggestions to the publisher so that I can include any necessary changes in future editions.

In preparing this book, I relied on the help of many friends and associates. To them, I owe my gratitude. I give specific thanks to the reviewers of this text for their helpful comments: Michael J. Cook, University of Florida; Rocky Gerber, University of Washington; Charles R. Glagola, University of Florida; James L. Jenkins, Purdue University; David Leo Lickteig, Georgia Southern University; and James Stein, Eastern Michigan University. Likewise, thanks to Attorney Barry Bramble, who provided me with his invaluable contribution to chapter 12, Construction Delay Claims.

Saleh Mubarak

Table of Contents

(Note: Each chapter begins with an Introduction/Definition and ends with Exercises.)

  1. Introduction.

  2. Bar (Gantt) Charts.

  3. Basic Networks.

  4. The Critical Path Method (CPM).

  5. Precedence Networks.

  6. Resource Allocation and Resource Leveling.

  7. Schedule Updating and Project Control.

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

  9. Reports and Presentations.

10. Scheduling as Part of the Project Management Effort.

11. Other Scheduling Methods.

12. Construction Delay Claims.

Appendix A: Computer Project.

Apppendix B: Sample Reports.





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