Project Management for Construction – A Book Review

Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects, and Builders is a textbook in civil engineering. It does offer a unique perspective – that of the owner (or sponsor). Therefore, throughout the life cycle, the integrated and end-to-end viewpoint and interests of the owner are discussed and given emphasis. This includes consideration of all processes, techniques and costs, with the objective of a timely completion of the project in a cost-effective manner.

Book Details

This facsimile edition measures about 1.2 in. thick, 7.5 in. wide, and 9.8 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 3 pounds. It has 496 pages divided into 14 chapters. It is available in hardcover format. It was published by Prentice-Hall in 1989 in English, and is part of the Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. ISBN-10: 0137312660; ISBN-13: 978-0137312665

Price

Starts from $129.10 + shipping for the hardcover version

Target Audience

Project Management for Construction is valuable to owners and their direct representatives. It is also for all participants engaged in the construction industry. They include project managers, construction managers, contractors, specialists and other professionals involved in planning, design management, construction and other specialties. The book is also for advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students and professionals in the engineering, construction, architecture or facilities management disciplines. An Instructor’s Manual with problem solutions is also available for educators.

What Customers Say

No customer testimonial can be found. However, Goodreads readers Maria A, Cecilia H, and Afin have rated the book 4/5, 4/5, and 5/5, respectively, with an overall rating of 4.33 out of 5.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Project Management for Construction is divided into 14 chapters. The first 3 chapters presents an overview. These discuss the importance and benefits of having the owner’s perspective for an effective end-to-end project management for construction. These chapters also discuss basic philosophy and principles of construction management and design process. Chapters 4 to 14 discuss specific functions, techniques and requirements in the life cycle of construction project management. Problems to be solved are also included in the chapters.
Approach/Tone: The authors present their discussion in a formal way of teaching. They are direct in their approach. General ideas are discussed first, then details follow. The overall view is also discussed first, with the parts that make the whole discussed after.
Style: The book is organized by topics. Topics are clearly identified with headings and titles. Paragraphs are of readable length, with language that is easy to understand. Some project management and construction industry terms are used. Figures, examples, problems and references are provided to aid in conveying ideas.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management for Construction presents an integrated approach in managing construction projects. It emphasizes a unified viewpoint of the whole project, rather than concentrating on the construction phase only. The book also focuses on good communication and coordination, productivity improvements and quality of work, factors that are all beneficial to owners or their representatives.

Authors

Chris Hendrickson is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, USA since 1978. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at Stanford University, Master of Philosophy in Economics at Oxford University, and PhD in Civil Engineering at the MIT. Dr. Hendrickson is the Hamerschlag University Professor Emeritus of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Director of the Traffic 21 Institute at CMU. Some of the areas of Dr. Hendrickson’s research, teaching and consulting are in engineering planning and management, construction project management, finance and computer applications. He can also be reached via LinkedIn.

Tung Au served as a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1957 until 1992. He received his Bachelor in Science degree from Saint John’s University in China, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, all in civil engineering. Some of the areas where Dr. Au taught and conducted research were in applied mechanics, construction project management, and structural engineering. He has authored or co-authored seven books. Dr. Au retired from teaching in 1992 and now resides in California.

Starts from $129.10 + shipping for the hardcover version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

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