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Practical Project Management for Building and Construction

1st Edition

By Hans Ottosson

Auerbach Publications

328 pages | 109 B/W Illus.

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Practical Project Management for Building and Construction covers the 14 knowledge areas of project management that are essential for successful projects in the construction industry. For each knowledge area, it explains the processes for scope, time, risk, cost, and resource management. Filled with work and process flow diagrams, it demonstrates how projects progress throughout the project life cycle.

The book details the processes that must be included in the management process to deliver projects on time and within budget. The processes and knowledge areas described reference the ISO 10006 Standard (guidelines for quality management in projects), the international project management standards of the PMBOK® Guide, and the rapidly emerging ISO 21500 standard. Coverage includes change management, working environment, quality and communication, and procurement management. Illustrating the entire project process, this pioneering reference:

  • Reports on regulations from the European Union and the United States that impact construction projects
  • Identifies the knowledge areas a project manager must control
  • Examines time-tested strategies, various types of contracts, remuneration forms, and contract close out
  • Includes many examples and templates to help you generate essential project documents

The book supplies accessible information on a range of helpful tools such as work breakdown structure and earned value. Explaining how to use a network diagram with its gaps and critical paths, the methods described in the text will help you control the WHAT, HOW, and WHEN to do things as well as WHO is responsible for doing them, which will lead to successful project management. Because a large part of the book addresses general project management concepts, the lessons learned will also be helpful to project managers outside the building and construction industry.

Table of Contents


General Information on Projects in the Building, Construction, and Installation Industries

Project Roles

Stakeholders and Organizations

Examples of Project Organizations

Interest Groups

Interest Groups in the Building and Construction Industry

Ways to Implement Contracts

Types of Procurement

Types of Contract Agreements


Types of Contracts

Consultant Agreements

Types of Remuneration

Types of Cooperation

Cooperation with Building Information Management

Types of Project Management

Regulatory Requirements for the Construction Industry


Project Basics

Project Management

What Is a Project?

Project Management Process

Project Flow

Project Flow for DBC Construction

Project Flow for DC and Turnkey Construction

Project Goals

Project Charter and Project Requirement Specification

Project Structure

Create a Project Structure with WBS and Work Packages

Project Management

Project Management Processes


Tropical Projects

Generic Main Processes

Initiating Processes


Preliminary Activities for the Whole Project

Initial Activities for Consultants

Initial Activities for Contractors

The Planning Process


Planning Processes and Knowledge Areas

Producing Processes


Design and Engineering


Tests on Completion and Client’s Taking Over

Project Close Out

Project Phases


Initiating Processes/Conceptual Study

Project Planning/Feasibility Study and Programming

Project Implementation and Design

System/Basic Design, Principal Drawings, Documents

Building Document Design and Preparation of Inquiry Documents for DBC Contracts

Detailed Design: Inquiry and Building Documents for DC/TK Contracts

Production and Installation Phase

Guarantee Phase

Knowledge Areas

Contacts with Authorities

Permits for Building, Demolition, Earthwork, and Temporary Measures

Quality Manager for Approval of Permits

Approvals of Elevators, Pressure Vessels, Refrigeration Plants, Transformers, and Other Electrical Plants

CE Marking, the EMC Requirement, and Testing

Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Documentation

Decisions, Coordination, and Integration


General Meetings



Scope, Characteristics, and Interfaces


Product Description and Design Guidelines

Change Management


Change Control

Environment and Health Management


Environmental Concepts and Definitions

Common Environmental Objectives

Legal and Other Environmental Requirements

Environmental Activities in the Project

Environmental Risk, Health and Safety Risk Management for Future Operations.

Establish an Environmental Assurance Plan and Environmental Control Plans

Work Environment Management in Projects

Fire Protection

Quality Management


Different Elements in Quality Work

Project Quality Assessment

Practical Quality Control during Design

Practical Quality Control during Production

Validation and Compliance


Quality Audit

Time Management


Definitions of Scheduling Terms

Time Control Process

Network Diagramming

Resource Optimization

Uncertainty Analysis

Monitor, Act, Replan

Flow-Line Plan/Site Disposal Schedule

Cost Management


Cost Estimation

Cost Reference Plan

Cash-Flow Plan

Cost Control

Resource Management


Human Resources, Organization

Staff Relationships

Equipment and Computer Systems


Communications Management

Notable Energy and Dashing Spirit

Information about Changes

Information Exchanges



Risk and Uncertainty Management

Introduction to Risk Management

Introduction to Risk Management

The Risk Management Process

Risks in Projects

Risk Management—A Full Project-Life Activity

Practical Risk Management

Risk Identification

Risk Analysis


Risk Response

Risk Management during the Implementation Phase

Evaluation and Documentation

Procurement: Purchasing and Delivery Control


Plan Procurement

Delivery, Type of Contract

Request/Bid Documents

Buyer/Supplier Assessment

Evaluation of Bids


Securities, Bonds, and Insurance

Contract Administration in the Design Phase

Contract Administration of the Production Phase

Normative Inspections and FATs

Claims, Disputes, and Arbitration

Approval Management

Construction and Installation Inspections, Performance Certificate

Administrative Finish of the Project

Common Acronyms



About the Author

Hans Ottosson has extensive experience in project management. It began in 1972 with a post as assistant project manager for a new brewery in Sweden. In the spring of 1998 he was persuaded to become project manager for the railway contract above and below the Öresund, between Denmark and Sweden. Hans, who holds an MSc, started his professional career in 1969 as a structural engineer and a teacher of bridge design at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has worked as project manager for projects in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Scandinavia. In 1977 he started his project management company, Projsam Quality AB, and has had clients such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, Avesta Sheffield, Skandia, Swedish Transport Administration, and a number of national and local companies.

He has worked as a client representative, structural designer, and contractor and been the project manager for various projects such as construction of production facilities, housing, medical research facilities, and schools. He has organized public conferences and reorganized companies in the IT sector; he has been responsible for international marketing projects.

Hans has developed project management procedures over many years. He was awarded a "Gold Palm" at the PMI conference in 2002 in Nice for best "tools and techniques." Hans teaches at Chalmers Technical University and for ESI in Stockholm.

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ESI International Project Management Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General