CPM in Construction Management

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November 3, 2005


Electronic book text, 651 pages


0071589112 / 9780071589116

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Main description

This Critical Path Method resource explains how to build speed, accuracy, and flexibility into construction project scheduling. The new Sixth Edition includes in-depth coverage of the industry-dominating Primavera CPM software and new example cases that bring readers up-to-date with today's construction situation.

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction to CPM Planning and Scheduling Chapter 1: Introduction to CPM Planning and Scheduling Chapter 2: Project Control Systems Evolve in Academia Chapter 3: Project Control Systems Evolve in the Marketplace Part 2: The Theory of CPM Planning and Scheduling Chapter 4: Your New Tool--Read Before Using Chapter 5: Network Construction Chapter 6: The Durations of the Logic Network Chapter 7: What Comes Out ... Chapter 8: Cranking the Engine Chapter 9: Adding Complexity Chapter 10: PDM and Precedence Networks Chapter 11: Respecting the Power of PDM Chapter 12: Enhancements and Extensions by Software Vendors Part 3: The Tools of CPM Planning and Scheduling Chapter 13: Measure Twice--Cut Once Chapter 14: Choosing Codes Chapter 15: Acquiring Information to Initial Schedule Chapter 16: Acquiring the Durations Chapter 17: Specifying the Relationships Between Activities Chapter 18: Example Project: The John Doe Project Part 4: The Practice of CPM Planning Chapter 19: Equipment and Workforce Planning Chapter 20: Procurement Chapter 21: Preconstruction Chapter 22: Evolution of the Project Schedule Chapter 23: CPM and Cost Control Part 5: The Practice of CPM Scheduling Chapter 24: Let's Look Under the Hood at the Engine Chapter 25: Converting the Team Plan to the Calculated Schedule Chapter 26: Engineer's Review of the Submitted Initial CPM Chapter 27: Updating the Schedule Chapter 28: Engineer's Review of the Submitted Update Chapter 29: Revising the Logic Network Chapter 30: Engineer's Review of the Submitted Revision Chapter 31: Case Histories Chapter 32: Additional Exercises fir Students of Project Controls Part 6: Advanced Topics Chapter 33: Specifying CPM Chapter 34: CPM in Claims and Litigation Chapter 35: Delay Analysis Chapter 36: Disruption Analyses Chapter 37: Advanced Topics: Resource Leveling and Smoothing Chapter 38: Advanced Topics: PERT, SPERT, and GERT Chapter 39: Conclusion APPENDIX A: SAMPLE CPM SPECIFICATION AS A GUIDELINE FOR PREPARING YOUR OWN SPECIFICATION APPENDIX B: UNIFIED FACILITIES GUIDE SPECIFICATION APPENDIX C: NOTATION FOR RDCPM GLOSSARY ACRONYMS AND SYMBOLS INDEX

Author comments

James J. O'Brien, PE, PMP, was vice chair of the board of O'Brien-Kreitzberg & Associates, Inc., the construction management firm that handled the renovation of San Francisco's cable car system. He was also the program manager for the redevelopment of JFK International Airport. Mr. O'Brien is the author or editor of many other books, including Contractor's Management Handbook, Second Edition; Construction Management: A Professional Approach; Value Analysis in Design and Construction; and Scheduling Handbook, all published by McGraw-Hill. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Project Management Institute, and the Construction Management Association of America. He is a charter member and a vice president of the PMI College of Scheduling.

Fredric L. Plotnick, Esq., PE, is CEO and principal consultant of Engineering & Property Management Consultants, Inc. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is also an attorney and a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. Mr. Plotnick is an adjunct professor in the departments of Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, and Construction Management at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, past Construction Group chair of the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and member of the American Association of Cost Engineers. He is a charter member and director of the annual Technical Track conference of the PMI College of Scheduling.

Back cover copy

  • Perfect for PSP certification
  • On the CD-ROM: CPM software updates
  • New case studies, on CD and in text
  • Added in-depth coverage of Primavera(tm)

Widely used to network schedules effectively, critical path management (CPM) has become a powerful catalyst for fail-safe construction project design and management. And when it comes to applying CPM to day-in, day-out construction situations, this guide is the one you'll want to have. Written by the former vice chair of the celebrated construction management firm that renovated San Francisco's cable car system and redeveloped New York's JFK Airport, and by one of America's leading construction scheduling experts, the Sixth Edition of CPM in Construction Management arms you with more glitch-busting tools than ever for smooth handling of complex jobs.

This highly informative, highly useful book shows you how CPM:

  • Works -- and how to make it work for you
  • Serves as the analytical tool of choice for the evaluation, negotiation, resolution, and/or litigation of construction claims
  • Cuts costs in a one-person operation or the most complex multinational enterprise
  • Helps you stay on top of every aspect of complicated projects
  • Saves you big money in delay avoidance, accurate cost predictions, and claims reduction
  • Multiplies the effectiveness of your instincts, experience, and knowledge
  • Explains how to fully and properly utilize the power of leading scheduling software such as Primavera(tm)

With case studies of major construction projects around the world and a "John Doe" example project that's followed throughout, this book goes a long way in simplifying your application of CPM. From cutting project time up to 40 percent, to advanced gains from computer programs; from assessing critical deliveries, to courtroom evidentiary value -- this updated classic is the construction tool that makes everything around you work better, faster, and more economically.

Expedite CPM -- and Your Projects
Fundamentals of CPM * Event time computations * Activity time computations * Procurement * Preconstruction * The CPM schedule * Preparation of CPM network * CPM by computer * Monitoring project progress * CPM and cost control * Equipment and work force planning *Precedence networks * Computer programs and systems * Applications and advantages of CPM * Specifying CPM * CPM costs *Case histories * CPM in claims and litigation

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