Construction Methods and Management

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For one- or two-semester courses covering heavy construction, building construction, and construction management. This introductory text looks at major construction management topics alongside modern heavy construction and building construction, in order to provide students with the knowledge base necessary to succeed in this highly competitive industry. It offers comprehensive coverage of current developments in the field as they relate to growing international competition, rapid changes in technology, and increasing government regulation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.


2. Earthmoving Materials and Operations.
3. Excavating and Lifting.
4. Loading and Hauling.
5. Compacting and Finishing.
6. Production of Aggregate, Concrete, and Asphalt Mixes.
7. Paving and Surface Treatments.
8. Rock Excavation.
9. Compressed Air and Water Systems.


10. Foundations.
11. Concrete Construction.
12. Concrete Form Design.
13. Wood Construction.
14. Steel Construction.
15. Masonry Construction.


16. Planning and Scheduling.
17. Construction Economics.
18. Contract Construction.
19. Construction Safety and Health and Equipment Maintenance.
20. Improving Productivity and Performance.
Appendix A: Metric Conversion Factors.
Appendix B: Construction Industry Organizations.
Appendix C: Construction Internet Sources.


The objective of this book is to guide construction engineers and construction managers in planning, estimating, and directing construction operations in a manner that will attain the best possible results. Based on the author's many years of experience in construction, engineering, and education, it is believed that the material presented is comprehensive enough to serve as the basic text for a variety of construction courses as well as for self-study. For an introductory course, upper-division college-level students should be able to cover much of the material in one semester. For more in-depth coverage, the material should be split between two or more courses. Topics may, of course, be omitted or augmented as appropriate to the nature of the course and the desires of the instructor. In solving the computer problems contained in the end-of-chapter exercises, students should be encouraged to use electronic spreadsheets and their associated functions in addition to conventional computer programming languages. It is strongly recommended that the study of this text in an academic environment be supplemented by visits to construction projects and/or audiovisual material. The author is convinced that all architecture and civil engineering students should be required to complete a basic course in construction as part of their professional studies. Because construction is the product of all design, no design can be a good one unless it can be readily and safely constructed. An appreciation of construction procedures will not only produce a better designer, but it will also be invaluable to the many graduates of such programs who end up directly involved in the construction industry. In response to industry developments and user comments, this sixth edition incorporates new and revised material to reflect current developments in the construction industry. New and expanded topics include construction use of the Internet (including the web addresses of major online resources), pull scrapers, rental equipment and the rental equipment industry, fire-retardant-treated wood and wood preservation, Superpave asphalt pavement, rapid repair of concrete pavements, hot- and cold-weather masonry construction, the cryogenic treatment of high-wear equipment components, and precautions in safely craning wood trusses, in addition to updated text, illustrations, and references. It would not be possible to produce a book of this type without the assistance of many individuals and organizations. The assistance of construction industry associations and construction equipment manufacturers in providing information and photographs and in permitting reproduction of certain elements of their material is gratefully acknowledged. I would also like to express my appreciation to my colleagues and to my former students for their helpful comments and suggestions. In addition, particular thanks are due to John Wiggins, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Donald Liou, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Michael J. Cook, University of Florida, for their assistance with the sixth edition text review. Comments from readers regarding errors and suggestions for improvement are solicited. Please send to nunnallysj@juno.com. S. W. Nunnally

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