Construction Project Management Sixth Edition by S. Keoki Sears
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Construction Project Management Sixth Edition by S. Keoki Sears


This sixth edition of the well‐respected text on construction project management represents a signifi cant revision. The intent is to retain the fl avor and quality of the classic book while eliminating some of the detail and updating the content. The content is enhanced by the addition of new material introducing some rapidly evolving topics in construction project management. New instructional materials have also been added to each chapter to increase its value in the classroom.

A new example project, selected from the building sector, has been incorporated. Finally, this book takes advantage of advances in technology by employing a companion website that contains material that was appended at the end of the book or inserted as oversized fi gures in previous editions. Some detail (such as the detailed cost estimate) and some older content, such as that describing the Arrow Diagramming Method for Critical Path representation have been greatly reduced or eliminated.

The coverage of other topics has been increased, and new topics have been added. Reference to line‐ of‐balance scheduling, which provides a valuable representation of repetitive projects, has been expanded. An introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its associated contract basis founded on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has been added. Also a section and various references throughout the book have been added to introduce the basics of lean construction.

To support the use of the book in a learning environment, an introductory section for each chapter has been added that includes a bulleted list of learning objectives. At the end of each chapter, a list of key points from the chapter has been provided, together with review questions and problems. To support live delivery of classes, a set of PowerPoint slides has been prepared for each chapter. It is anticipated that these instructional enhancements will enrich the learning experience provided by the book. To broaden the scope of the sixth edition, a new example project in the form of a commercial building has been added.

The bridge example is retained and in many instances is the single example of reference where topics are addressed that represent the building sector as well as the heavy civil sector. The building example is an actual project, in the form of a single‐story office building constructed in 2006–2007 for a technology company engaged in computer programming and consulting. The design and construction information for the building project was graciously provided to the authors for inclusion in this book by the project design team, the contractor, and the owner.

A picture of the building, shown on the book cover, was also provided. A building, by nature, is far more complex than a bridge. Whereas the bridge is primarily composed of structure and earthwork, and can be fully described in a few drawings, a building contains structure and earthwork, but it also contains an envelope to keep the elements out and to enable control of the interior environment. All surfaces in the building, including fl oors, walls, and ceilings, require finishes. Buildings have openings requiring doors and windows and the associated hardware.

They typically have architectural features such as mill work and signage. Moreover, a building contains a number of systems, such as mechanical, plumbing, fire safety, electrical, and low‐voltage systems for security and communication. Each of these building elements must be fully designed and represented in graphical models (the drawings). As a result, though the building is relatively small and uncomplicated, the design of our commercial building example project encompasses some 40 pages of drawings. The inclusion of this complete set of drawings is made possible only by linking a companion website to the book.

The companion website is accessed through the following URL: . In addition to the commercial building drawings, a number of other useful items will be found on the companion website. On the website will be found the figures that were large enough in previous editions to require cumbersome fold‐out pages. These are referred to as charts in this edition to distinguish them from figures embedded in the text. Providing them in digital format on the companion website is consistent with the industry trend away from paper documentation.

Relevant appendix material from previous editions has also been retained on the companion website. Finally, an instructor‐only, password accessible location on the website holds an answer key for the end‐of‐chapter review questions and problems, as well as the PowerPoint presentations. A new team of authors has taken on the responsibility to develop this sixth edition of Construction Project Management. Jerald L. Rounds and Robert O. Segner, Jr. are honored to have been chosen to continue the excellence of Construction Project Management initiated by Richard H. Clough and continued through many revisions by Glenn A. Sears and more recently by S. Keoki Sears.

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