- Congratulations on the publication of your book Construction Management: Theory and Practice! What lead you to writing it?
Routledge asked me to update the trilogy published in 2009 and at the same time combine them into one text.
- Who would be interested in reading your book?
Hopefully any student of any age in any construction discipline who is interested in construction management in its entirety.
- What is your academic background?
I was one of the first graduates in Building in the UK; have lectured both in the UK and Hong Kong; managed construction management courses: been responsible for all the construction related courses in my department and : became Dean of the Facility of the Environment.
- Are there any relevant world issues that your book relates to at the moment?
Sustainability will probably have the greatest impact in the future and the last chapter introduces readers to the kinds of issues they should be considering.
- Tell us an unusual fact about yourself and your teaching.
I was awarded the Council of Higher Education Prize for innovation in construction education and have developed many ideas for student group projects.
- What is the most poignant example in the book?
Unquestionably the effect a fatal accident had on those involved - work colleagues, the management team and the family.
- Tell us an unusual fact about yourself and your book; what do you hope resonates with the reader?
I spent my early career on construction sites, then became factory manager manufacturing one of the more sophisticated industrialised precast concrete systems for housing. This gave me an understanding of the supply side of the industry.
- How was the book evolved over time?
The previous editions evolved from lecture notes which were then tested in the classroom to gauge student reaction and to check if the sequence of the contents made sense. Each chapter was then overviewed by contacts in the industry and other academics.
- Did anything take you by surprise or was completely new when researching the book?
Yes, how much and yet how little has changed over the years. What has changed are the regulations, legislation, the technologies, plant and IT, but the basic management principles have remained the same.
- Why do you consider yourself qualified to write this book?
I have a wealth of experience both in practice and in the classroom and this is supported by a great network of contacts in the industry, many of whom have managed major projects.