Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Aspects from Conception to Completion (Hardcover)

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The knowledge and skills required to navigate a construction project from conception to completion are the focus of this textbook. A project statement of expectations when properly prepared is a tool which can be effectively used to express exactly what performance or standard is to be expected. At the inception of the project, it is important to look at the project in total to ensure that undue emphasis is not given to minutia that, in the broad scheme of things, is of little consequence. Client briefing is strongly linked to project appraisal. Project appraisal, a process of evaluating the alternative design options against predetermined criteria in order to arrive at an optimal solution, takes place throughout the design process. The final appraisal is related to the construction methods which could be applied. It includes the environmental, economic, and social context in which the project takes place.

The right type of contract is as important as the right project manager. The contracts or orders should be simple but tailored to the other controls operating for the project. The contracts should be as standard as possible. A properly prepared and executed set of contract documents is a safeguard against future legal problems and potential loss by all parties. While strategic planning of construction projects deals with overall project objectives, operational planning allows a more detailed look at the project's resource requirements. Construction planning outlines the construction processes through time and defines resources required to complete the project on schedule. The contractor's ability to eliminate defects and to repair any defects during the construction process will ensure that the client is satisfied with completed works and that maintenance after completion is minimized. Thus, the contract may include some form of protection related to performance obligations such as retentions, performance bonds/guarantees, liability insurance and inherent defects insurance. At the same time, contractors and subcontractors are interested in payment protection against insolvency of clients. All these concerns are normally addressed in the building contract and will be considered at the project completion.

About the Author


Dr. Andrew Agapiou is a senior lecturer at University of Strathclyde and teaches Construction Management and Construction Law. Andrew combines an academic background in Construction Management and Law with over 25 years of industrial experience, helping a wide range of clients to manage their project activities.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781785278136
ISBN-10: 1785278134
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication Date: July 5th, 2022
Pages: 250
Language: English