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CPM In Construction Management [Hardcover]

James J. O'Brien (Author), Fredric L. Plotnick (Author)
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Tried and true CPM scheduling streamliner. Now in its 5th edition, this must-have resource for using Critical Path Method shows you exactly how to build speed, accuracy, and flexibility into construction project scheduling. CPM in Construction Management by award-winning author James J. O'Brien provides in-depth coverage of Primavera's CPM software which dominates the industry. Brand new CPM software accompanies new example cases that bring you up-to-date with today's construction situations. This complete package helps you run a tight construction ship with all you need to know about: event time computations; procurement; preconstruction; monitoring project progress; cost control; equipment and workforce planning; precedents networks; CPM in claims and litigations; and DOZENS of other CPM factors.

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Widely utilized for its much-coveted ability to bring a network approach to scheduling, 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 is the one guide you'll want to have.

Written by the vice chair of the celebrated construction management firm that renovated San Francisco's cable car system and redeveloped New York's JFK Airport, and coauthored by one of America's leading construction scheduling experts, the Fifth 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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 5 edition (June 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071344403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071344401
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,789,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "CPM in Construction Management" - a comprehensive and practical guide for commercial building construction, April 8, 2008
The original edition of this revised book dates from the early 1980's, so predates the use of personal computers for scheduling. The careful, methodical thinking that was essential when paper and pencil or mainframe computers were the only choices, is evident in the organization and subject matter of this book. Although currently popular PC scheduling software is addressed in this edition, the discipline of the underlying knowledge and methods are always evident. A welcome contrast to scheduling texts that want to "get to the good stuff", such as schedule acceleration, before building a firm foundation.

The use of case studies from both construction and manufactoring were particluarly relavant. This is the most comprehensive and clear book on this subject I have found.

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