Civil Engineering

Class notes

Basic Functions of Construction Engineering

Basic Functions of Construction Engineering

The activities involved in the construction engineering for projects include the following basic functions:

Cost engineering

The cost estimating, cost accounting, and cost-control activities related to a project, plus the development of cost databases.

Project planning and scheduling

The development of initial project plans and schedules, project monitoring and updating, and the development of as-built project schedules.

Equipment planning and management

The selection of needed equipment for projects, productivity planning to accomplish the project with the selected equipment in the required project schedule and estimate, and the management of the equipment fleet.

Design of temporary structures

The design of temporary structures required for the construction of the project, such as concrete formwork, scaffolding, shoring, and bracing.

Contract management

The management of the activities of the project to comply with contract provisions and document contract changes and to minimize contract disputes.

Human resource management

The selection, training, and supervision of the personnel needed to complete the project work within schedule.

Project safety

The establishment of safe working practices and conditions for the project, the communication of these safety requirements to all project personnel, the maintenance of safety records, and the enforcement of these requirements.

Innovations in Construction

There are several innovative developments in technological tools that have been implemented or are being considered for implementation for construction projects. New tools such as CAD systems, expert systems, bar coding, and automated equipment offer excellent potential for improved productivity and cost effectiveness in industry. Companies who ignore these new technologies will have difficulty competing in the future.


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