- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: Kirshner Publishing; First edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098270349X
- ISBN-13: 978-0982703496
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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Dykstra, an architect and teacher of construction management courses, offers an introduction to managing contracted construction projects in 25 chapters.
Chapters 1-7 describe the construction project environment. Chapters 8-16 address the contract documents and the bidding process. Chapters 17-22 describe the actual construction of the facility. The author wraps up the book in the final three chapters that deal with payments, contract closeout, and litigation.
By and large, the chapters tend to address issues of the construction contract process chronologically, and this feature is helpful to the reader.
Additionally, each chapter contains definitions of the relevant nomenclature and a set of self-test questions. The premise of the coverage of topics is that the design of the work has already been completed, and that the actual implementation of the construction will need to be accomplished by a construction contractor. Although the book discusses project management topics such as estimating and scheduling, the thrust of the work is on contract management issues such as the bidding environment, bidding process, incremental payments, and contract-related negotiations.
This book is useful for students taking introductory courses in construction management at both four-year and two-year colleges.
Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and two-year technical program students.
--ALA Choice (Amer. Library Assoc.), July 2011
About the Author
Alison Dykstra, AIA, CSI, has been a registered architect for almost 30 years and began teaching construction management in the early 1990s. This textbook draws on her extensive professional and classroom experience, to explain the complex systems of construction management in a highly accessible way that meets the needs of both beginners and seasoned contractors.
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That said, this is not a book on project management in general by a long shot. It is exactly as advertised on the cover - an introduction for the typical construction type. Whether you are right out of high school, in Jr. College, an owner, or a seasoned engineer wanting an introduction as noted, you'll enjoy this made-for-easy-reading-but-very-practical book. Having a grasp of basics is good at all levels of any field. This book earns it's 5 stars - it delivers as advertised. Making things easy for all levels in constuction takes more intelligence in writing than one may imagine. Most are focused on doing rather than reading. Kuda's to the author - she did it. It's a great basic reference with good scope yet is readily digestable, very practical and has something of value for all levels in the industry. Very well done!
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It is very easy to read and comprehensive.
I like it, I recommend this book.