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Modern Construction Management, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3325-8
680 pages
September 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This well established undergraduate textbook has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover the latest practices in PFI/PPP, risk management, supply networks, sustainability, lean construction, KPIs, and value management.

Modern Construction Management now addresses in particular the contractor’s role - often neglected in other textbooks – and throughout it emphasises essential skills and core topics for career development and progression in construction.

Two substantial chapters are devoted to self-learning with problems, worked examples and tutorial exercises and the book’s comprehensive, clear and pragmatic approach ensures it retains its position as the core textbook for students of construction management, civil engineering and quantity surveying.

The material in the book is supported with a comprehensive list of questions and solutions that can be employed as a learning aid. These can be found under download tab.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Total Quality Management.



Chapter 3 Production Improvement Process.

Chapter 4 Planning techniques.

Chapter 5 Workforce Motivation.

Chapter 6 Cost Control.

Chapter 7 Plant Management.



Chapter 8 Project Procurement.

Chapter 9 Estimating and Tendering.

Chapter 10 Competitive Bidding.

Chapter 11 Budgetary Control.

Chapter 12 Cash Flow and Interim Valuations.

Chapter 13 Economic Assessments.



Chapter 14 Company Organisation.

Chapter 15 Market Planning and Business Development.

Chapter 16 International Construction Logistics and Risks.

Chapter 17 Information Flow and Computer Systems.

Chapter 18 Financial Management.



Chapter 19 Problems and worked solutions.

Chapter 20 Operational Research problems and worked solutions

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Author Information

Frank Harris, Frank Harris, BEng, MSc, PhD, DSc, CEng, MICE, FCIOB is Emeritus Professor of Construction Science at the University of Wolverhampton
Ronald McCaffer, BSc, PhD, DSc, FREng, FICE, FCIOB, MASCE, MCMI Professor of Construction Management at Loughborough University
Francis Edum-Fotwe, BSc, MSc, PhD, MASCE is Lecturer in Construction and Project Management at Loughborough University.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • major revisions since last edition cover changes in the industry
  • a well established text on a core subject, first published 1977
  • sells both to construction and civil engineering students
  • the only text to include a wide range of fully worked examples with solutions
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From the reviews of earlier editions:

‘The latest revisions will ensure it remains one of the core texts for undergraduates on construction management courses.’ Construction Manager

‘This well established text is a must for all who aim to become proficient in construction management’ ASI Journal

‘The authors have a refreshingly pragmatic approach to the application of theoretical techniques.’ Building

… both comprehensive and practical in its approach ... it represents an excellent training manual and reference book.’ Building Construction & Law

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The material in the book is supported with a comprehensive list of questions and solutions that can be employed as a learning aid. The essence of having these questions and solutions is that for most students new to the concepts and workings of construction, seeing these worked examples before solving new problems makes the subsequent problem solving a more manageable task. For practicing professionals, the questions and solutions serve as examples of a systematic method for addressing real problems they may encounter on the project.

The website has a set of twenty questions from chapter 19 and seven questions from chapter 20 for students to review and solve. In addition it provides solutions for a selection of the questions provided to enable students to appreciate the level of detail and context of answers expected.

By providing the limited set of solutions, the student is encouraged to apply the principles gained from the questions with solutions to the ones without. Alternatively, the hardcopy version of the book has a more comprehensive list of questions and solutions to which the student could refer. This is particularly useful where progress on solving any of the questions made available through this site is inadequate.

Resources: Chapter 19 6.72 MB Click to Download
Resources: Chapter 20 2.52 MB Click to Download
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