CPM in Construction Management

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Critical Path Method (CPM) is a technique for achieving speed, accuracy, and flexibility in planning and scheduling for project design and construction. This book describes fully the concept of CPM and its practical use in the construction industry. Included are details of specific project applications, as well as discussions of how CPM can be used in the areas of cost control and resource management. This fourth edition features a new chapter on computer programmes and systems, and evaluates the impact of personal computers on calculating CPM schedules. It contains a number of case studies, but one comprehensive case study is used throughout the book to exemplify the versatility of CPM - from project preparation and monthly construction reviews, to claims evaluation.

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  • 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)

ACCELERATE WITH CPM -- AND THIS LEADING GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND SCHEDULING
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

About the Author:

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.

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