Construction Scheduling

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Jay S. Newitt  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
384
Pub.-date
July 2008
ISBN13
9780135137826
ISBN
0135137829



Description

For undergraduate and graduate level courses in Construction Scheduling and Project Management.

 

This text is a comprehensive, stand alone reference for project management scheduling. It features a unique combination of principles/fundamentals of scheduling and project management along with practical applications and tutorials of the 4 most common scheduling software programs-Microsoft Project, Primavera Project Planner (P3), SureTrak, P6 Project Manager and Contractor. Having scheduling information and software instructions in one book obviates the need for two texts, and the exercises and examples in the scheduling portion are tied to the same exercises in the software portions.

Features

For undergraduate and graduate level courses in Construction Scheduling and Project Management.

 

This text is a comprehensive, stand alone reference for project management scheduling. It features a unique combination of principles/fundamentals of scheduling and project management along with practical applications and tutorials of the 4 most common scheduling software programs-Microsoft Project, Primavera Project Planner (P3), SureTrak, P6 Project Manager and Contractor. Having scheduling information and software instructions in one book obviates the need for two texts, and the exercises and examples in the scheduling portion are tied to the same exercises in the software portions.

 

Hallmark Features:

  • A unique combination of principles/fundamentals of scheduling and project management along with practical applications and tutorials of the 4 most common scheduling software programs.
  • Student CD-ROM includes sample schedules for each of the software packages discussed, and automated checklist, and an example bar chart created in Microsoft Excel.
  • Practical information on scheduling including checklists, bar charts, graphic schedules, linear scheduling techniques plus practical and advanced uses of the Critical Path Method (CPM).
  • Application exercises included for each chapter provide hands-on practice for the concepts previously presented.
  • Hands-On software instructions/tutorials are based on how managers use the software rather than explaining every detail of every screen providing a realistic experience of how to use the software to effectively communicate the schedule to the entire management team.
  • Thoroughly explores Critical Path Method concepts of how a project is broken down into activities, different methods of developing the network logic diagram, the use of lags, and how to review and analyze the network so that it is an accurate portrayal of how the project team is really expecting to complete the work.
  • Complete discussion of how durations are determined and the importance of team work throughout the management cycle.  T
  • Complete and concise coverage of calculating the dates, determining the critical activities, the different types of float (Including Total, Free, Independent, and Shared float) and how to use the different types of float to better manage the project. 
  • Examples of the types of reports that could be used to communicate the construction process to all shareholders in the project in a concise and deliberate manner. 
  • Resource loading techniques to help plan and schedule critical resources are explained as well as how to update the schedule and evaluate the future activities to determine what to change and how to do it so that the project can be finished on time are explored.

 

New to this Edition

This edition is thoroughly updated to include:

  • Improved clarity with challenging concepts help students understand complex principles.
  • Chapter 22, "Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project," has been updated to explain how to use the latest features of Microsoft Project 2007, keeping students current with the latest version of Microsoft Project.
  • Chapter 23, "Managing Projects Using P6 Project Manager and Contractor," has been significantly updated to help students learn the Project Manager component of P6 as well as Contractor (the junior, or standalone, version of Primavera's Project Management products). This helps students get up to speed with the project management component of P6, which is a complex and comprehensive management tool.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Project Management Basics.
2. Why Schedule?
3. Checklists, Daily To-Do Lists, & Magnetic Scheduling Boards.
4. Bar Chart Schedules.
5. Introduction to CPM Scheduling.
6. Creating the Network Logic Diagram.
7. Determining Durations.
8. Calculating Start & Finish Dates.
9. Calculating Total, Shared, Free, Independent Float, and Negative Float.
10. Using Lags In Network Logic Diagrams.
11. Reviewing and Analyzing the Schedule.
12. Creating Bar Charts and Tabular Reports from Network Logic Diagrams.
13. Linear or Line-of-Balance Schedules.
14. Updating the Schedule.
15. Using the Schedule to Forecast and Balance Resources.
16. Cost Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC).
17. Creating Teamwork and to Getting Subcontractors to Conform to the Schedule.
18. Other Scheduling Techniques.
19. Introduction to Computerized CPM Scheduling.

20. Managing Projects Using Primavera Project Planner (P3).

21. Managing Projects Using SureTrak.

22. Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project.

23. Managing Projects Using P6 Project Manager or Contractor.

Author

EDUCATION                                                                                                

  • PhD. Vocational Education - Colorado State University, 1981; emphasis in Construction Management and Green Building Techniques.
  • Masters Degree - Brigham Young University, 1972; emphasis in Construction Technology and Instructional Media.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Brigham Young University, 1969; emphasis in Building Construction Technology. 

EMPLOYMENT

1976 - PRESENT

  • Brigham Young University, Construction Management
    • Program Head 1983-1998.  Had a major influence in the creation and development of the Construction Management Program at BYU from a relative unknown program to recognition as one of the strongest programs in the nation.  Subjects Taught:  Scheduling and Cost Control, Codes and Inspections, Administrative Practices in Construction, Electrical Systems, Advanced Construction Practices, HVAC Principles and Solar Design, and Construction Project Management.
  • Owner and manager of Newitt Construction and Consulting, a sole proprietorship specializing in Construction Management Consulting. 

PROFESSIONAL  ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2007 from the Associated Schools of Construction
  • Author of Construction Scheduling - Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Has provided in-house training to over 200 companies on the basics of CPM Scheduling with software training on P3, SureTrak, or Microsoft Project.
  • Awarded as the 2004 “Professor of the Year” by the Associated Schools of Construction
  • Awarded as the 1999 “Professor of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.
  • Awarded as the 1992 “National Professor of the Year” by the Associated Builders & Contractors.
  • President of the Associated Schools of Construction 1990-91 (54 Universities, 406 Faculty)
  • Regional Director, Region VI of the Associated Schools of Construction.
  • Faculty Member of the National Associated Builders & Contractors Supervisors and Project Managers Academies at Clemson, S.C.
  • National Board of Directors for Associated Schools of Construction.
  • Featured speaker at a multitude of workshops dealing with CPM & PERT Network Scheduling Techniques, Cost Control, Construction Management, Affordability in Housing, Energy Efficient Construction Techniques, Passive Solar  Construction, Payback Analysis, and Optimum Value Engineering.    
  • Member of the following professional organizations: ABC, ACCE, AIC, AGC, & NAHB 

PROFESSIONAL  PRESENTATIONS

  • Has made over 160 professional presentations at National Seminars and Workshops for Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, The National Center for Construction Education and Research, and The National Association of Home Builders. 

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Area of research deals with topics relating to construction management with emphasis on training managers in scheduling and project management techniques.