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Download CPM in Construction Management by James J.O’Brien and Fredric L.Plotnick – CPM in Construction Management written by James J.O’Brien (P.E.,PMP) and Fredric L.Plotnick (Esq.,P.E.) is published by The M/G Companies, Inc. The original purpose of this book, in 1965, was to present and discuss the critical path method (CPM) and its use in the construction industry. At that time, CPM was a young but proven technique—usually considered to be optional. When the second edition was published in 1971, the network approach to scheduling was becoming a regular requirement in construction contracts. The third edition, published after 25 years of experience in the application of CPM, described highlights of that experience and its significance to the practical use of CPM. The basic strength of CPM continues to be its ability to represent logical planning factors in network form. One reviewer noted: “Perhaps the most ironic aspect of the critical path method is that after you understand it, it is self-evident. Just as an algebra student can apply the rules without full appreciation of the power of the mathematical concepts, so can the individual apply CPM or its equivalent without fully appreciating the applicability of the method.”

In the 1980s, computer calculation shifted from mainframe programs to personal computers (PCs). PCs were the wave of the past two decades. The ubiquity in the 2000s of the internet and the wave of additional interconnectivity linking individual PCs now has the appearance of coming full circle and bringing back to CPM many of the strengths and weaknesses of the era of the mainframe. However, the approaches and procedures suggested in the first five editions are, almost without exception, still valid.

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Book Contents

  1. Introduction to CPM Planning and Scheduling
  2. Project Control Systems Evolve in Academia
  3. Project Control Systems Evolve in the Marketplace
  4. Your New Tool–Read Before Using
  5. Network Construction
  6. The Durations of the Logic Network
  7. What Comes Out …
  8. Cranking the Engine
  9. Adding Complexity
  10. PDM and Precedence Networks
  11. Respecting the Power of PDM
  12. Enhancements and Extensions by Software Vendors
  13. Measure Twice–Cut Once
  14. Choosing Codes
  15. Acquiring Information to Initial Schedule
  16. Acquiring the Durations
  17. Specifying the Relationships Between Activities
  18. Example Project: The John Doe Project
  19. Equipment and Workforce Planning
  20. Procurement
  21. Preconstruction
  22. Evolution of the Project Schedule
  23. CPM and Cost Control
  24. Let’s Look Under the Hood at the Engine
  25. Converting the Team Plan to the Calculated Schedule
  26. Engineer’s Review of the Submitted Initial CPM
  27. Updating the Schedule
  28. Engineer’s Review of the Submitted Update
  29. Revising the Logic Network
  30. Engineer’s Review of the Submitted Revision
  31. Case Histories
  32. Additional Exercises fir Students of Project Controls
  33. Specifying CPM
  34. CPM in Claims and Litigation
  35. Delay Analysis
  36. Disruption Analyses
  37. Advanced Topics: Resource Leveling and Smoothing
  38. Advanced Topics: PERT, SPERT, and GERT
  39. Conclusion

About Author

James J. O’Brien, P.E., PMP, was vice chair of the board of O’Brien-Kreitzberg & Associates, Inc., the construction management firm that handled the renovation of San Francisco’s cable car system. He was also the program manager for the redevelopment of JFK International Airport. Mr. O’Brien is the author or editor of many books, including Contractor’s Management Handbook, Second Edition; Construction Management: A Professional Approach; Value Analysis in Design and Construction; and Scheduling Handbook, all published by M/G.

Fredric L. Plotnick, Ph.D., Esq., P.E., is principal and president of Engineering & Property Management Consultant, Inc., and an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Management Departments at Drexel University. He has thirty years’ hands-on experience with the legal and technical aspects of project controls and the management of engineering design and construction. Dr. Plotnick is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International and a charter member and director of Academic Liaison and the Technical Track of the annual conference of the PMI college of Scheduling.

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