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Project Scheduling and Management for Construction,9781118367803
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Project Scheduling and Management for Construction



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First published in 1988 by RS Means, the new edition of Project Scheduling and Management for Construction has been substantially revised for students enrolled in construction management and civil engineering programs. While retaining its emphasis on developing practical, professional-level scheduling skills, the new edition is a relatable, real-world case study that can be used over the course of a semester. The book also includes classroom elements like exercises, quizzes, skill-building exercises, as well as an instructor's manual including two additional new cases.

Author Biography

David R. Pierce, Jr. has been involved in construction project management for more than forty years as a Professor of Construction Management, and as a scheduler, project engineer, and consultant on commercial and industrial projects. His teaching career includes service at the University of Florida, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia. His field experience includes working as a consultant specializing in CPM scheduling, and in forensic consulting, specializing in cost and delay claims.

Table of Contents

1 Project Management Fundamentals

What Is Management in General?

What Is Project Management?

Why Use Project Management?

The Benefits

Variables That Affect the Project

The Project Control Cycle

Introduction to CPM Scheduling

Introduction to the Sample Building Project


Review Questions

2 Pre-Planning Investigation

Identifying Key Personnel

Providing Data to the Project Team

Contract Document Review

Estimate Review/Estimator Meeting

Initial Project Team Meeting

Pre-Planning with Other Parties


Review Questions

3 Planning the Project

Breaking the Job Down into Activities

Establishing the Sequence of Work


Practice Logic Problems

4 Scheduling the Project

Estimating Durations

Actual Calculation of Activity Durations

Calculating Overall Job Duration

Advanced Calculations



Practice Problems

5 Publishing the Schedule

Checking the Final Schedule

Key Questions to Ask

Tasks That Must Be Performed in Order to Provide the Right Information

Types of Coding Schemes

Sample Reports: Office Building


Review Questions

6 Monitoring and Controlling the Project

The Monitoring Process

Monitoring Progress

Taking Corrective Action

Example Update Problem


Review Questions

7 Resource Management

How to Manage Resources

The Resource Management Process

Development of the Resource Profile

Adjusting the Schedule to Improve the Resource Curve

Practical Aspects of Resource Management

Other Applications: Earned Value

Other Applications: Cost Loaded Schedules


Review Questions

8 Procurement Scheduling

The Source of the Problem

Basic Procurement Procedures

Key Elements in Successful Procurement

Record Keeping and Tracking

Issues with Scheduling Procurement Activities


Follow-up on the Information


Review Questions

9 Line of Balance Scheduling

When to Use Line of Balance Scheduling

General Technique

Example Problem

Updating a Line of Balance Schedule

Review Questions

Practice Problems

Appendix A Vehicle Maintenance Facility Drawings

Appendix B

Appendix C

Notes on Schedule Sequencing

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