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                  CPM in Construction
Management written by James J.O’Brien (P.E.,PMP) and Fredric L.Plotnick
(Esq.,P.E.) is published by The McGraw-Hill 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.
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 McGraw-Hill.
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.
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
6.         The
Durations of the Logic Network
7.         What
Comes Out …
8.         Cranking
the Engine
9.         Adding
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
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
32.       Additional
Exercises fir Students of Project Controls
33.       Specifying
34.       CPM
in Claims and Litigation
35.       Delay
36.       Disruption
37.       Advanced
Topics: Resource Leveling and Smoothing
38.       Advanced
Topics: PERT, SPERT, and GERT
39.       Conclusion
* Above mentioned topics are main topics of this book
and there are many sub-topics under those. Please refer the Preview
below for detailed contents *
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