2 Systematic Project Management

2.1 Introduction

The focus of this chapter is on management of the construction project as a whole. A construction project is made up of many small components that are integrated to form a single complex project. To have a successful project, various characteristics of that project, including time, quality, cost, and safety, need to be managed. This chapter introduces the various components that need to be managed for a successful project, which will be treaded individually in detail in the chapters that follow.

Learning objectives for this chapter include:

  • Recognize the various components of a construction project that need to be managed if the project as a whole is to be successful.
  • Understand the nature of a construction project that consists of various construction processes that can be tracked, measured, and managed.
  • Introduce valuable tools employed to manage the project and its various processes.

2.2 Need for Project Management

On most construction projects, the contractor is given only one opportunity to establish cost and schedule objectives. The price is set and schedule milestones are agreed to when a bid is submitted or the project contract is negotiated. From that point on, profits are determined by the project manager's ability to save money through wise procurement, better planning of daily operations, and the ability to make sound decisions. If a project is to be constructed within its established budget and schedule, close management ...

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