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Real Life: Construction Management Guide from A-Z Hardcover – October 2, 2017
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James Soucar, with his broad experience in the construction industry that dates back to 1983 fully understands the science behind project management and has put together an excellent guide book, Real Life Construction Management Guide from A-Z, that provides readers with a different perspective on the various aspects of construction projects. --Norm Goldman bookpleasures.com
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The author makes great use of a seemingly endless inclusion of illustrations, including graphs, tables and other work sheets throughout this primer. After a brief history lesson, and some basic hard-learned lessons, the author takes you chapter by chapter through the various aspects of construction management. Never forgetting the always present human factors (I.e.: personalities, politics, relationships), this compendium explains the variety of stages and possible obstacles that you may encounter and how to handle each of them. The chapters cover, in highly understandable language, everything from the start of planning a project, the design phase, construction and much more. He uses real examples from his own experiences to guide the reader, and includes very helpful “Real Life Gauges” and “Best Practices Tips.”
In one chapter, Soucar stresses the importance of teamwork among what he calls key players in the process: everyone from owners and architects to inspectors and subcontractors. As he writes, “A team is like a car engine. Each part does its role and only its role. The parts are connected so the car runs smoothly, which would not happen if any of the parts is dysfunctional.” Soucar repeatedly uses examples gleaned from his three decades of experience. And he is able to explain these concepts in direct, succinct and conversational writing. This makes for a huge difference in making these concepts understandable to beginners.
Soucar demonstrates throughout this extraordinary book how the primary responsibilities of a construction manager are to represent the property owner in every facet of management. He stresses how cost, control and quality are inevitably the three most important elements of any project. And he even covers how best to deal with claims and disputes that may arise along the way.
This guide covers every possible phase of construction management. This is a comprehensive, essential guide that is unique in its concentration on the human aspect, which can be vital to any successful construction project. This book is destined to become the definitive guide to the essentials of construction management. It is a perfect gift to anyone seeking more knowledge in this field of work.
Combining excellent illustrations with graphs and table and work areas, Jamil provides information that will benefit anyone involved in construction management – whether first timers or advanced practitioners. Perusing the topics he discuses in chapter format is a fine indication of the material to be learned form this practical and sophisticated book: The undisclosed factors, History of Construction Management, The anatomy of a construction project/key players, Construction Manager/ Being an owner’s representative, Planning phase, Design phase, Various project delivery methods, Bid/Award phase, Construction/Close out phase, Scheduling, Delay analysis, Construction claims – various methods for dispute resolution (‘The bottom line is AVOID CLAIMS AT ALL COSTS. Solve the problems as they arise at the project’s level. Don’t let an issue fester for a long time. The best cure is establishing fair and good relationships among the project team members.’), and some solid concluding remarks.
For those directly involved in Construction Management, this book is a veritable Bible on the field. For those one the periphery, reading Jamil Soucar’s creative approach to problem avoiding and problem solving make this a manual for all who are involved in management of any type. A definitive success. Grady Harp, October 17
If you are seeking a new book for your classroom instruction, then 'Real Life Construction Management Guide A-Z' would seem to me to be a perfect addition.
If you are a project manager, architect, engineer, construction manager, student, builder or anyone involved construction then read this book.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend 'Real Life Construction Management Guide A-Z' for both the experienced manager and new students.