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Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide

Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide [Kindle Edition]

Paul Netscher
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Successful Construction Project Management – The Practical Guide, provides useful tips to managing a construction project. It’s aimed at construction professionals as well as those studying construction project management.
Managing a construction project isn’t an easy job and requires a large skill set. Some of these skills are learned by attending courses and colleges (which are often more theoretical than practical). However, others are only learned by experience, and often the hard way – learning from mistakes.
This book bridges the gap between the theoretical and practical and includes chapters on planning the project, starting it, scheduling, running the project, completing it, people, materials, equipment, quality, safety, subcontractors, contractual and financial. These chapters are broken into multiple sections providing a step-by-step guide to successfully managing a construction project, and, including what-not-to-do to avoid costly mistakes.
Key features of the book are it:
• is written for construction contractors by a contractor
• is written in an easy to read, friendly style, and avoids being too ‘textbook’ in nature
• has numerous practical examples of situations the author has seen and experienced over twenty-eight years in construction
• includes many topics essential to successfully managing projects which aren’t included in most other project management books (such as; teamwork, delegation, communication, time management and preparing for meetings)
• has the information clearly set out and easily available so the book can be used as a continuing reference
• is not specific to a particular country or field of construction
• includes a large amount of valuable, useful and relevant information dealing with practical everyday issues of managing a project
• has a summary of the salient points at the end of each chapter
Managing a construction project requires Project Managers with an understanding of construction processes, able to develop schedules, procure materials and equipment, aware of safety, environmental and labour legislation, capable of working with different people including the public, their workers, the client and designers, and able to manage subcontractors. They need to develop an appropriate construction methodology which uses the available personnel and equipment efficiently, enabling the project to be built in the shortest possible time, taking into account the client’s requirements and the project’s location and restraints. In addition, they must ensure the project is carried out safely and meets the required quality standards and complies with all permits, regulations and registrations. They must manage contractual issues with the client in a manner which doesn’t jeopardise their company, ensuring the project is financially successful, while always maintaining good client relations. The project must be successfully completed on-time and closed-out correctly.
The book discusses all of this, and more, in detail and includes many examples which provide relevance to the subject matter.
By reading and using this book Project Managers will avoid some of the many problems encountered everyday on construction projects. The book should prove to be an excellent reference which can continually be referred to so that Project Managers don’t forget important steps in the construction management process.
The contents should be easily understood by people in the construction industry and those studying construction. A glossary of terms is included since terminologies vary between countries and even companies.

About the Author

Paul Netscher has worked in construction for 28 years and has been involved with over 120 projects, in five countries, across a wide variety of fields including; concrete structures, buildings, roads, earthworks and infrastructure. He has worked with a wide range of clients encompassing private, corporate, government, mining and oil and gas. His experience comprises securing work, client management, tender review, project management, contract management, project planning, problem solving and ensuring projects capture all potential variations. In addition, he has a strong focus on safety and quality. He has held senior positions in major construction companies, served on various industry bodies and advised on training, mentoring, construction curriculum and contractual matters. He is passionate about mentoring and training and many in his team have developed and been promoted into senior management roles. Paul Netscher has a degree in civil engineering and has attended various contractual, legal, financial, safety and project management courses. He has also written 'Building a Successful Construction Company - The Practical Guide'

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Paul Netscher has worked in the construction industry for 28 years. Starting off as a site engineer he progressed to project manager (site manager/site agent) and eventually managed a division for a large multinational construction company. He has worked for a number of companies in various countries and often found the same problem - a lack of skilled managers.
Paul Netscher enjoys mentoring, training and helping people, and many of those who worked with him have progressed to senior positions. His two books 'Building a Successful Construction Company - the practical guide' and 'Successful Construction Project Management - the practical guide' are aimed at passing on his wealth of experience and knowledge in order to assist people. They are written in an easy to read style and include many examples based on his experience.
'Successful Construction Project Management' is popular with both project management students as well as experienced project managers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Construction Management 8 Jun 2014
By Stu7
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This is a must read for all Construction Project Managers. Although many of the points raised in the book seem to be general knowledge and commonsense my experience (in common with that of the author) is that it is the failure of construction managers to follow these simple steps that often causes projects to fail.

The book is mainly written from the contractors point of view and the author has clearly set out and explained the many facets that contribute to successful construction projects. The use of case studies brings to life what would otherwise have been a very dry subject.

Construction Project Managers often get caught up in the complexity of the project forgetting the many of the basics steps that are required to ensure a low conflict and successful project. This book is a very good reminder of how to turn the theoretical knowledge into practice and I believe that even experienced construction managers will benefit from it.

I highly recommend this book be read by all newly qualified construction project managers as well as those more experienced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 8 May 2014
I have been looking for a book like this. A great study guide for the novice project manager and the more experienced project managers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Competetive Edge 5 Jun 2014
By Daniel Ranoko - Published on
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It is a very easy to use book with guidelines that are referenced intelligently with case studies.
It is interesting that the author has been in a developing economy and a developed economy but the contrasts are minutes
with regards the mistakes.
It is a must have and I believe the author can do a great job if he can give lectures on various topics covered in the book

Well done!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 29 May 2014
By gnetscher - Published on
In full disclosure, Paul Netscher is my uncle. That being said, as a fellow engineer (Bachelors from UT Austin), I can certainly appreciate Paul's approach. He clearly takes the time to think about what you really need to conduct a practical and scalable construction project. He then presents it in a way that is clear and to-the-point.

Best wishes with your new book, Uncle Paul!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Dec 2014
By abdullah L. qadar - Published on
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Great. Must read for the emerging contractor.
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