Construction Equipment Management for Engineers Estimators and Owners
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Construction Equipment Management for Engineers Estimators and Owners

Construction Equipment Management for Engineers, Estimators, and Owners by Douglas D. Gransberg, Calin M. Popescu, and Richard C. Ryan | PDF Free Download.

Authors of Construction Equipment Management for Engineers

Douglas D. Gransberg is the Sam K. Viersen, Jr. presidential professor of construction science at the University of Oklahoma. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma, Texas, and Oregon, a certified cost engineer, a designated design-build professional, and a chartered surveyor by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the U.K.

Before moving to academia in 1994, Professor Gransberg spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He also owns active construction management consulting practice, with many clients from the public sector, such as the Federal Highway Administration, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U.S. Agency for International Development, transit authorities in New York City and Washington, D.C., and the Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington State Departments of Transportation.

Professor Granberg has taught continuing professional education seminars across the nation in the area of design-build contracting, architect-engineer design contracting, and cost engineering for the American Society of Civil Engineers for the past 9 years.

He was appointed as an innovative contracting subject matter expert for the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Technology Transfer Program in 2004. He has published more than 60 journal articles and reports

Calin M. Popescu has a B.S. in engineering, an M.S. in engineering economics, and a Ph.D. in project management from the Construction Institute and Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania.

He is a registered professional engineer in Texas. Between 1958 and 1974, as a construction/project manager, he supervised a variety of large construction projects like hotels, low-cost large scale apartment buildings, power plants, paper mills, and industrial complexes in Romania.

For 30 years starting from 1974, he taught various courses in the areas of construction engineering and project management in the civil engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published extensively in refereed journals and conference proceedings and has authored/co-authored 8 books.

Dr. Popescu has made many presentations at national and international professional societies and taught many short courses and seminars for the construction industry.

Since 1982, he has been the owner and CEO of C&C Consultants, Inc., specializing in construction disputes with national and international clients. He is a founding member of the project management charters in Austin, Texas, and Bucharest, Romania

Richard C. Ryan is a professor of construction science at the University of Oklahoma. He received his B.S. in building construction and M.S. in construction management from Texas A&M University.

He is a certified professional constructor and member of the American Institute of Constructors. Before moving to academia in 1990, Professor Ryan spent over 11 years as a partner in R&R Construction.

He continues to provide design consultation and building services. He is an active program developer and instructor for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners’ Superintendent and Foremen Training programs. He has published over 30 journal articles and has contributed chapters to books.

Construction Equipment Management Contents

  • Evolution of Heavy Construction Equipment
  • Cost of Owning and Operating Construction Equipment
  • Equipment Life and Replacement Procedures
  • Earthmoving, Excavating, and Lifting Equipment Selection
  • Advanced Methods in Estimating and Optimizing Construction Equipment System Productivity
  • Stochastic Methods for Estimating Productivity
  • Scheduling Equipment-Intensive Horizontal Construction Projects
  • Scheduling Lifting Equipment for Vertical Construction
  • The Buy, Lease, or Rent Decision
  • Construction Equipment Maintenance
  • Construction Equipment Site Safety
  • Construction Equipment Security
  • Inventory Procedures and Practices

Preface to Construction Equipment Management for Engineers

Construction Equipment Management for Engineers, Estimators, and Owners is intended to be a reference book for construction project managers, estimators, construction equipment fleet managers, and professional engineers.

The book also contains information relevant to both the public and private sectors. It contains a great deal of ‘‘hands-on, how-to’’ information about equipment management based on the authors’ personal construction experiences throughout the world.

It is written as a guide for individuals who need to estimate the cost of equipment on a given project and do not have data at their fingertips because their routine business does not involve a lot of equipment-related construction.

The authors also hope that their book will be useful to the public agency equipment manager whose need is to minimize equipment costs rather than to maximize the profit earned by the equipment.

The book is useful to all parties in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries as well as to project owners.

The first chapter describes the evolution of construction equipment and serves to set the stage for the following chapters that provide specific up-to-date information on the state of art in the area.

The chapters on estimating equipment ownership and operating costs and determining economic life and replacement policy will be of great value to construction estimators. The chapters on determining the optimum mix of equipment and estimating the equipment productivity show the estimator how to maximize the profit of an equipment-intensive construction project.

The chapter on scheduling demonstrates how to convert a linear schedule into a precedence diagram for use in a project that has a mandated scheduling methodology.

This information has not been published before to the best of our knowledge and demonstrates to the equipment manager how to ensure that a production-driven, equipment-intensive project can be scheduled to achieve target production rates and hence target equipment-related unit costs and profits.

The book also shows managers and engineers on how to avoid making costly common mistakes during project equipment selection.

It contains a matrix that will help the novice equipment manager select the proper piece of equipment based on the requirements of the project.

It is full of detailed examples of the types of calculations made to allow both public and private equipment-owning organizations to determine an optimum equipment utilization plan for any project regardless of their levels of experience.

Finally, the equipment safety chapter describes how to develop an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) job safety analysis for an equipment-intensive project, thus making this onerous and essential task easier for the equipment manager.

This book is the brainchild of Dr. Calin Popescu of the University of Texas and flows from an early work undertaken to support his graduate civil engineering class in construction equipment management.

Dr. Popescu’s focus was on equipment used for heavy-civil projects. Professor Richard Ryan of the University of Oklahoma blended much of his work on managing construction equipment in building construction for his construction science undergraduate class on construction equipment into Dr. Popescu’s outline to produce a reference that for the first time treats both horizontal and vertical construction projects.

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