Most civil engineering construction projects are completed to time and budget but few get publicity for it. More often building projects are reported as exceeding 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.

The first four chapters of this book show the advantages and disadvantages of various ways in which a civil project can be commissioned, dependent upon the nature of the project and the needs of the project promoter. The recent legislative changes applying to construction contracts are noted, and the various different approaches now being adopted, such as partnering, 'PFI' and 'PPP' are explained and commented on. The book then sets out in practical detail all the measures and precautions the engineer in charge and his staff of engineers should take to ensure successful management and completion of a project.

The authors draw upon their experience in managing many projects both in the UK and overseas. Thus the book is intended to be a practical guide for project engineers, and a source of information for student civil engineers joining the profession. The author Alan Twort is a former consultant to Binnie & Partners responsible for many projects including the repair or reconstruction of several dams. Gordon Rees is a former Contracts Department Manager for Binnie & Partners and later Black & Veatch. He is now an independent consultant and an accredited adjudicator for ICE and FIDIC civil engineering contracts.

Alan C. Twort J. Gordon Rees

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