Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos

Disaster Recovery Project Management: Bringing Order from Chaos

by Randy R. Rapp


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The scope of disasters ranges from man-made emergency to natural calamity, from a kitchen grease fire to a hurricane or volcanic eruption. It may be just one house that is destroyed, or perhaps a whole infrastructure system is threatened. While each type of event requires a very different scale and type of immediate response, the project management challenges that face restoration and reconstruction professionals after the emergency phase is complete are remarkably similar. Using insights acquired through decades of real-world experience, as well as from his academic research and teaching responsibilities, the author explains pertinent requirements and methods for the contractors and other professionals who bring order from chaos. The first section of the book surveys the managerial skills required to confront the range of disasters that might be encountered and the different project environments involved. The second section examines the details of project management and administration, from materials management to health and safety. The third and final section provides an overview of restoration techniques, from restorative drying to debris management and demolition. This is the first systematic presentation of the tools and skills needed for disaster recovery project management. It is designed primarily for contractors (both large and small firms), although it will also be of value for those who might hire them, the communities they serve, and their organizational partners in the disaster recovery effort. Those who are new to disaster restoration and reconstruction will find the volume particularly useful. Focused on informing the management of projects that recover the built environment, after emergency conditions sufficiently stabilize, the volume supplements and complements books devoted to conventional construction or emergency relief management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557537775
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Series: Purdue Handbooks in Building Construction
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Randy R. Rapp, D. Mgt., P.E., C.C.E., C.P.C., A.I.C., is associate professor of Building Construction Management Technology at Purdue University and coordinates the disaster restoration and reconstruction management concentration. He has extensive practical experience in the impact of both natural and man-made disasters and has worked in government and commercial contexts. While with Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), he served in project controls and operations for Hurricane Katrina and logistics management for Hurricane Wilma. He was also the project controls manager and deputy program general manager for the Restore Iraqi Oil program. He is well known as an educator and industry leader. With Edward R. Fisk, he coauthored Introduction to Engineering Construction Inspection (2004). He also contributed to redevelopment of the Certified Restorer credential for the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), and chaired the Government Affairs Committee of the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Section I Introduction to Disaster Recovery Project Management 1

Chapter 1 Natural and Man-Made Disasters 3

Chapter 2 Not Quite the Same 11

Chapter 3 The Project Environment and Manager 23

Section II Project Management and Administration 43

Chapter 4 Bids, Proposals, and Delivery Mechanisms 45

Chapter 5 Contracts 63

Chapter 6 Planning, Organizing, and Mobilizing 77

Chapter 7 Time, Cost, and Quality Control 97

Chapter 8 Logistics, Materials Management, and Procurement 119

Chapter 9 Communication and Documentation 139

Chapter 10 Health, Safety, Environment, and Security 157

Chapter 11 Demobilization and Closeout 173

Section III Restoration Techniques 181

Chapter 12 Restorative Drying 183

Chapter 13 Fire and Smoke Restoration 207

Chapter 14 Microbial Remediation 213

Chapter 15 Personal Property Restoration 227

Chapter 16 Disaster Debris Management and Demolition 237

Afterword 251

Bibliography 253

Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms 259

Index 263

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