Find Practical Solutions to Civil Engineering Design and Cost Management Problems
A guide to successfully designing, estimating, and scheduling a civil engineering project, Integrated Design and Cost Management for Civil Engineers shows how practicing professionals can design fit-for-use solutions within established time frames and reliable budgets. This text combines technical compliance with practical solutions in relation to cost planning, estimating, time, and cost control. It incorporates solutions that are technically sound as well as cost effective and time efficient. It focuses on the integration of design and construction based on solid engineering foundations contained within a code of ethics, and navigates engineers through the complete process of project design, pricing, and tendering.
The book uses cases studies to illustrate principles and processes. Although they center on Australasia and Southeast Asia, the principles are internationally relevant. The material details procedures that emphasize the correct quantification and planning of works, resulting in reliable cost and time predictions. It also works toward minimizing the risk of losing business through cost blowouts or losing profits through underestimation.
This Text Details the Quest for Practical Solutions That:
- Are cost effective
- Can be completed within a reasonable timeline
- Conform to relevant quality controls
- Are framed within appropriate contract documents
- Satisfy ethical professional procedures, and
- Address the client’s brief through a structured approach to integrated design and cost management
Designed to help civil engineers develop and apply a multitude of skill bases, Integrated Design and Cost Management for Civil Engineers can aid them in maintaining relevancy in appropriate design justifications, guide work tasks, control costs, and structure project timelines. The book is an ideal link between a civil engineering course and practice.
Table of Contents
Civil engineering attributes
Design, construction and management of civil engineering projects
Cost planning and control
Cost prediction and estimating in civil engineering projects
Cash flow prediction and income/revenue monitoring
The time–value of money and (civil) engineering economics
Life cycle cost analysis: Civil engineering applications
Timelines and scheduling civil engineering projects
Rescheduling techniques to improve and adapt project timelines
Risk: Structured reporting
Alternative scheduling techniques for civil engineering projects
Critical chain project management scheduling
Delay and (oil price) fluctuations in civil engineering projects
Quality control in civil engineering projects
Quality systems and quality standards
Quality and contractual requirements
Quality and continuous improvement
Occupational health and safety in construction
Prefabrication and modularisation productivity
Prefabrication and design specification decisions
Predicting defects in civil engineering activities
Contract documentation for civil engineering projects
Specifications for design solutions
Design measurement and mensuration: Civil engineering bills of quantities
Engineering ethics and professional development
Professional engineering ethics
Professional integration in a multidisciplinary (BIM orientated) team
Integrated design and cost management solutions
Integrated design practice examples
Representative civil engineering cost and output-efficiency information
Having worked in industrial and academic environments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dr. Andrew Whyte, head of the civil engineering department at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, has gained a wide-ranging knowledge of construction management, design team integration, whole-life assessment of structures, and asset development using local technologies and low-cost and sustainable methods.
"An easy book to read and understand… This book is an excellent introductory text to design and cost management in civil engineering. The clarity with which the principles are set out and the numerous worked examples and illustrations make this book an ideal textbook and a ‘must have’ for undergraduate civil engineering and quantity surveying students, as well as postgraduate civil engineering management students."
—Dr Nii A. Ankrah, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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