- Hardcover: 584 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415370507
- ISBN-13: 978-0415370509
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I imagine it will become required reading for project management courses in the construction industry and will be used by both students and professionals especially those who are interested in Building Information Modeling [BIM] and Integrated Project Delivery [IDP]. It took me four months to read the book, reading 4 or 5 pages a day on average. Some sections were more difficult to grasp than others where complex mathematical algorithms are explained for the serious student. The book is set out very clearly and has a carefully designed structure taking the reader through basic scheduling systems before introducing location scheduling [LBS]. Principles are explained before specific applications and are followed by much needed examples.
Personally I would like to have seen a little more explanation of the use of LBS in the design process. Also I would like to have seen a glossary for the book and would recommend that readers make their own notes as you go along even though most of the terms are explained when used I found it difficult to remember the meaning of unfamiliar terms over my 4 month read and when I return to the book in months to come. The use of LBS on projects can certainly offer many advantages, though I am a little skeptical about its use as an appropriate tool in less developed environments where there is not a reasonably effective construction capability and/or where the industry in inefficient.
Clearly LBS has a future in the construction industry, especially where BIM and IPD are gaining considerable popularity. The implication of LEAN and LEED strategies are all supported by the use of LBS. This book is a valuable resource and reference tool for anyone using LBS. I have my copy of VICO Control and I am dying to get started!
This book is a must read for all schedulers that I work with, and the responses coming back from each and every one of them has been wow, had I known then what I know now based on the information provided in this book, I would have done things differently. If the author had simply stopped at the history of Gantt Scheduling and its base methodology the book would have been worth the price, but he goes into why it does not work for construction, and then shows how linear thinking is much better suited towards modeling construction/manufacturing flow processes. If only I could get Owners and Clients to read this book, and rewrite their specs accordingly. It would probably save a lot of frustration, impact requests, and claims.
This book while geared towards construction scheduling is a must for any type of scheduling where flow and process, and efficiency is paramount. This includes Lean and TOC processes.