Construction project management : getting it right first by John Woodward

By John Woodward

Its breadth and intensity commend it to each person who must refresh, or expand their wisdom of the subject...It covers the total variety of strategies from the difficult fundamentals of community research to the softer yet very important human elements. It centres upon the administration of development initiatives yet attracts in and illuminates the issues the place the thoughts are acceptable to initiatives of all kinds

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After a number of iterations of the design and costing, a decision to proceed would be taken and more detailed work would be put in hand. ) Having got to the stage of an agreed outline design for the project, a number of decisions have to be taken about the contractual method to be used in carrying out the detailed design and building construction. g. heating and ventilating, and it has to be decided whether these should be engaged by the client directly or by the architect. ) Mention of contract does however bring up one of the main decisions to be taken at the start of a project, namely the contract form to be used.

The value of the project is £ l million and the planned project duration is ten months. g. wage records, purchases of materials, hire charges for equipment, and receipts from clients. This may have led to the adoption of the very simplistic yet widely-used basis of measurement on a project which assumed that the total project cost could be divided by the duration of the project to give a notional value of work per month which must be completed. In the example quoted above this would mean that the total cost of £ l million would be spread over the ten-month period to give a notional value of £100 000 per month for the work to be done.

E. 'design and build', or 'turnkey'. g. the New Engineering Contract. The whole subject area of forms of contract is a complex one in construction, and has become a special interest of the quantity surveying profession, although this is a specialist group which does not exist in every country of the world. In the UK the quantity surveyors have been among the first professions to take up project management, and given the complexity of many contract forms this is understandable. g. the New Engineering Contract and the British Property Federation System).

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