Site Management and Production Guide

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A CIOB Guide for construction site managers and other construction professionals. (This product is electronic only.)
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The new breed of site managers must be professional, informed, and prepared to deal with uncertainty and risk, and the skills and competencies they need are reflected in this book.

Construction on site has become more complex, with more rules and regulations, and new ways of procuring projects. Site managers must ensure compliance with a host of regulations and requirements. Digitalisation has both simplified and complicated the processes. Increasing environmental requirements, legislation on health, safety, taxation, waste management, and employment, puts pressure on the site management team to ensure compliance, and an understanding of the implications on project delivery.

Keeping a project on-time and on-budget requires good site management, reliable planning, which depends upon decisions made on-the-spot to ‘solve’ unexpected problems. The site manager is required to have extensive ‘hard’ technical knowledge, to know when the work being done is right or wrong, and to have command of ‘soft’ skills such as leadership and people management. Team working and team leadership are ‘tested’ by the fragmentation of the industry, having to deal with a client and design team and a long and complex supply chain.

The Site Management and Production Guide is an essential resource for construction site managers and a useful reference for other construction professionals such as site managers, construction managers, project managers, production teams and students.

Published 2020

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1 Site planning, management and production
Introduction 10
Site management – art or science? 10
The characteristics of site management 11
The book 11
Industry challenges and the impact site management 12
References 12
2 Managing post-award activities – project planning
Why plan? 14
The impact of procurement method on planning/scheduling 16
The site manager’s role in project planning 17
Pre-award meeting 18
Pre-production schedule 18
The weather impact 21
Scheduling 23
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 25
Planning techniques 25
Value engineering 27
Documenting site conditions 29
Health and safety considerations in the pre-production schedule 29
Appointment of specialty works/trade contractors 29
Requests for further information from the specialists and supply chain 30
Ordering of long lead-time materials 30
Allocate initial resources –labour, materials, plant and equipment 30
Site inspection findings 32
Check conditions of contract award 33
Obtain licences – local authority and statutory bodies 33
Utilities – connections and permissions 35
Adjacent structures 36
Off-site production 37
References 40
3 Managing the process or production
Introduction 42
Preliminaries 42
Temporary works 50
References 63
4 Managing health and safety risk
Introduction 66
Manager’s role in health and safety on site 66
Construction (Design and Management) CDM Regulations 68
Risk 72
Asbestos 73
Legislation and regulations 75
Site establishment 76
Signage 77
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 77
First aid equipment and materials 81
Traffic management 81
References 82
5 Managing cost
Project control and cost monitoring 84
Costs from concept design and into production 86
Variations to programme specification 87
Contract variation 88
Variation orders 89
Contingencies 90
Managing documents 91
References 91
6 Managing people
Introduction 94
Regulations 95
Training 97
Motivation 98
Supervision 100
Empowerment/involvement 100
Remuneration 102
References 105
7 Managing quality – the role of the site manager
Introduction 108
Quality systems, procedures and standards 109
Quality Management System (QMS) 110
Workmanship 112
Material handling and preparation for work 113
Materials Logistics 118
References 120
8 Managing time and project planning
Introduction 122
Time 124
Time management 124
The schedule 125
Monitoring and control 128
Recording site events, document and information management 129
Collaboration tools to manage projects 129
References 130
9 Managing the supply chain
Introduction 132
Supply chain agility 133
Lean thinking 133
Specialist contractors 134
Specialty contractors 134
Logistics planning 135
Logistics Plan 136
Supply chain contracts 137
Supply Chain Management software 138
References 139
10 Managing materials, plant and equipment
Introduction 142
Procurement 142
Materials management 143
Materials wastage 145
Materials security 146
Materials, plant and equipment health and safety 147
Plant and equipment 149
Technology 150
References 151
11 Managing waste and environmental issues
Introduction 154
Sustainability 156
Pollution/emissions 157
Environmental protection 158
Legislation 159
Codes and standards 159
References 160
12 Managing the client and design team
Introduction 162
CDM requirements 162
Contractual requirements 162
Managing client expectations 163
Managing the design team 163
Roles and responsibilities in different forms of procurement 165
References 166
13 Managing legal and contractual issues
Legal issues 168
Criminal Law 170
Contractual issues 170
References 174
14 Managing security
Introduction 176
Contract conditions 177
Theft 177
Vandalism 177
Fire 177
Measure use in site security 178
Technology 181
Regulations and standards 181
Cybersecurity 181
References 182
15 Managing technology
Introduction 184
Off-site production 184
New materials and processes 185
Repair and maintenance projects 185
References 186
16 Managing ethical issues
Introduction 188
Professional ethics 188
Ethics in business 188
Ethics in the construction industry 190
Fraud and bribery 192
Code of ethics 193
Ethical sourcing 194
Social responsibility 194
Corporate social responsibility 195
Culture 197
Ethics legislation 197
Whistle-blower provisions and protection 202
References and bibliography 202
17 Managing post-completion requirements
Introduction 206
Pre-completion inspection 206
Practical completion 206
Construction stage report 208
Defects 208
Handover 208
Facilities management 212
Beyond completion – lessons learned 212
References 213
Appendixes 214
Table of Figures 217
Table of Tables 218
Index 219

About the author

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. It is the world’s largest and most influential body for construction management and leadership, with a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.