The primary purpose of this book is to present an entirely new approach to management and scheduling of
construction projects overcoming the limitations of existing methods. We start from ground zero with a
most general mathematical formulation for scheduling and management of construction projects with the
goal of minimizing the direct construction cost. The construction direct cost optimization problem is then
solved by the robust neural dynamics model of Adeli and Park. An object-oriented information model is
presented based on the new construction scheduling model, laying the foundation for a new generation of
flexible, powerful, maintainable, and reusable software system for the construction scheduling problem.

The current prevailing design and construction practice is to complete the design before the construction
is started. In other words, design and construction are treated as two independent and separate activities.
Integration of design and construction through the emerging field of concurrent or collaborative
engineering provides a number of advantages, and an opportunity to advance the two fields of construction
engineering and structural engineering significantly. CONSCOM with its change order management
capability is particularly suitable for use in a concurrent engineering environment. Successful application of
concurrent engineering in the construction industry should be based on effective integration of the
construction management and scheduling with the design process. The other essential prerequisite for such
an integration is a tool to automate the complex process of engineering design. A chapter in the book is
devoted to this subject. Finally, for the sake of completeness, fundamentals of project planning, scheduling,
and management, and the ubiquitous industry standard Critical Path Method (CPM) are also presented in
the book.


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