Civil Engineering Project Management

Civil Engineering Project Management

Most civil engineering construction projects are completed to time and budget

but few get publicity for it. More often building projects are reported as exceed-
ing time or budget because a building has to cater for the diverse needs of the

many users of the building which can be difficult to forecast or may change as
construction proceeds. In civil engineering the principal hazards come from the
need to deal with below ground conditions, make structures out of re-assembled
soils or rocks, and to cater for the forces of impounded or flowing water. The
construction of roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, pipelines, dams, harbours,
canals and river training measures, flood and sea defences, must all be tailored

to the conditions found on site as construction proceeds because it is not possible to foresee such conditions in every detail beforehand.

As a result the successful management of a civil engineering project
depends upon use of an appropriate contract for construction; the judgements
of the civil engineer in charge and his team of engineering advisers; the need
to arrange for supervision of the work of construction as it proceeds, and on
the competence of the contractor engaged to build the works and his engineers
and tradesmen.


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