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Construction Project Management, 6th Edition by S. Keoki Sears, Glenn A. Sears, Richard H. Clough, Jerald L. Rounds, Robert O. Segner

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1 Construction Practices

1.1 Introduction

The objective of this book is to present and discuss the management of field construction projects. These projects involve a great deal of time and expense, so close management control is required if they are to be completed within the established time and cost constraints. The text also develops and discusses management techniques directed toward the control of cost, time, resources, and project finance during the construction process. Emphasis is placed on practical and applied procedures of proven efficacy. Examples relate to field construction practices.

Effective management of a project also requires a considerable background of general knowledge about the construction industry. The purpose of this chapter is to familiarize the reader with certain fundamentals of construction practice that will be useful for a complete understanding of the discussions presented in later chapters. Learning objectives for this chapter include:

  • Recognize the size and impact of the construction industry.
  • Understand how a construction project moves from concept to reality.
  • Identify entities involved in a construction project and various project delivery systems that link the participating entities.
  • Introduce the role of the project manager.

1.2 The Construction Industry

In terms of the dollar value of output produced, the construction industry is one of the largest single production activities of the US economy. As of December of 2013, the seasonally ...

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