This course provides an introduction to the principles and techniques of construction project administration (CPA). In addition to the tactical decision making involved in site supervision, field personnel are required to contribute to the overall management system for planning and implementing the construction phases of a building project. The CPA system provides the overall contractor organization with an informed decision-making process, which guides the site supervisor in selecting the best means to expedite a job and provides the necessary data flow for accounting functions like billing and payroll. The CPA system also generates project records necessary for organizational processes such as liability management, costing and bidding, and organizational improvement. This course will prepare the student to participate in the CPA processes for project phasing and scheduling, cost estimating and control, and contract management.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the critical elements of pre-construction operations
Explain critical inputs to the process for construction planning and scheduling.
Monitor work progress
Diagram the elementary work activities given for the job
Track time duration information for activity completion
Outline a logical order in which given work items must be done
Discuss the elements of a sound job philosophy and the means for implementation
Compare variations in type and elements of basic construction contracts
Describe standard procedures for quality control in materials and workmanship
Describe standard procedures for handling changes, claims and disputes
Administer standard documents and procedures for construction project closeout
Explain the documents required to recommend/allocate the final phase of payment and waiver of liens