Construction Site Planning and Logistical Operations: Site-Focused Management for Builders

Construction Site Planning and Logistical Operations: Site-Focused Management for Builders


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Construction Site Planning and Logistical Operations: Site-Focused Management for Builders by Randy R. Rapp

Organizing and administering a construction site so that the right resources get to the right place in a timely fashion demands strong leadership and a rigorous process. Good logistical operations are essential to profitability, and this book is the essential, muddy boots guide to efficient site management. Written by experienced educator-practitioners from the world-leading Building Construction Management program at Purdue University, this volume is the ultimate guide to the knowledge, skills, and abilities that need to be mastered by project superintendents. Observations about leadership imperatives and techniques are included.Organizationally, the book follows site-related activities from bidding to project closeout. Beyond outlining broad project managerial practices, the authors drill into operational issues such as temporary soils and drainage structures, common equipment, and logistics. The content is primarily geared for the manager of a domestic or small commercial building construction project, but includes some reference to public and international work, where techniques, practices, and decision making can be substantially different.The book is structured into five sections and fifteen chapters. This facilitates ready adaptation either to industry training seminars or to university courses: Section I. The Project and Site Pre-Planning: The Construction Project and Site Environment (Randy R. Rapp); Due Diligence (Robert Cox); Site Organization and Layout (James O'Connor). Section II. The Site and Field Engineering Issues: Building Layout (Douglas Keith); Soil and Drainage Issues (Yi Jiang and Randy R. Rapp). Section III. Site Logistics: Site Logistical Procedures and Administration (Daphene Koch); Earthmoving (Douglas Keith); Material Handling Equipment (Bryan Hubbard). Section IV. Leadership and Control: Leadership and Communication (Bradley L. Benhart); Health, Safety, Environment (HSE), and Security (Jeffrey Lew); Project Scheduling (James Jenkins); Project Site Controls (Joseph Orczyk); Inspection and QA/QC (James Jenkins). Section V. Planning for Completion: Site-Related Contract Claims (Joseph Orczyk); Project Closeout (Randy R. Rapp).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557537782
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Series: Central European Studies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Randy R. Rapp is an associate professor of Building Construction Management at Purdue University. He has muddied his footwear on many project sites over the years. Most recently, while with Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), he served in project controls and operations for Hurricane Katrina, as logistics manager for Hurricane Wilma, and as project controls manager and deputy program general manager for the Restore Iraqi Oil program. Rapp has contributed to professional and trade organizations’ educational work, consulted, and written varied management articles and several construction books.

Bradley L. Benhart is a clinical professor of Building Construction Management at Purdue University. His previous position was vice president with Pepper Construction Company. While at Pepper, Benhart was a group leader who managed multiple projects ranging from $100,000 to $250 million. He also has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Master of Project Management program.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Section I The Project and Site Preplanning 1

Chapter 1 The Project and Site Environment 3

Chapter 2 Due Diligence 25

Chapter 3 Site Organization and Layout 63

Section II The Site and Field Engineering Issues 93

Chapter 4 Building Layout 95

Chapter 5 Soil and Expedient Drainage 115

Section III Site Logistics 151

Chapter 6 Site Logistical Procedures and Administration 153

Chapter 7 Earthmoving Operations 177

Chapter 8 Cranes and Hoisting Equipment 197

Section IV Leadership and Control 223

Chapter 9 Leadership and Communication 225

Chapter 10 Health, Safety, Environment, and Security 253

Chapter 11 Project Planning and Scheduling 283

Chapter 12 Construction Cost Control 317

Chapter 13 Construction Quality Control 339

Section V Planning for Completion 351

Chapter 14 Site-Related Contract Claims 353

Chapter 15 Project Closeout 363

Index 391

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