1st Edition

Integrated Design and Cost Management for Civil Engineers

By Andrew Whyte Copyright 2014
    471 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    Well illustrated

    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.


    Civil engineering attributes

    Design, construction and management of civil engineering projects

    Chapter breakdown

    Cost planning and control

    Cost prediction and estimating in civil engineering projects

    Cost estimating

    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

    Scheduling techniques

    Rescheduling techniques to improve and adapt project timelines

    Risk: Structured reporting

    Alternative scheduling techniques for civil engineering projects

    Method statements

    Value management

    Critical chain project management scheduling

    Agile management

    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

    Contractual arrangements

    Specifications for design solutions

    Design measurement and mensuration: Civil engineering bills of quantities

    Design drawings

    Engineering ethics and professional development

    Engineering traditions

    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