Construction Project Scheduling and Control Third Edition By Saleh Mubarak

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Construction Project Scheduling and Control Third Edition By Saleh Mubarak

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This is the third edition of Construction Project Scheduling and Control. I am very pleased with its continuous success. The book has become popular throughout the world, both in paper and in digital form. I continuously receive correspondence comments, suggestions, requests for instructional materials (instructor support materials including an instructor manual and PowerPoints can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the “More Information About this Book” link), and compliments.
The most praised traits of the book are its simplicity, comprehensiveness, and practical examples. I was so happy and proud when the language editor (of the first edition) corrected me regarding an activity’s total float in an example in the book. She had no technical background but had learned the critical path method while linguistically reviewing my book! During the past nine years, I have been using my book in professional seminars and college classes. I have discussed it with my friends, colleagues, and students. I have always kept a log of all suggestions and corrections.

I started thinking about the second edition just after the first edition was published in 2004 and about the third edition just after the second edition was published in 2010. I have modified the definition of the critical path after so many readings and discussions with experts and colleagues.
I think I have now the most accurate definition in all of the literature available. Is it possible that I modify the definition in the future? Absolutely! Although I was very happy and content with the way the book came out and was received, I believe there is no such thing as the perfect human product. Imperfection is part of human nature, but we should think of it positively: there is always room for improvement. I have had to parallel my satisfaction and ambition in completing this third edition with a strong conviction that the fourth edition will be coming out in a few years. In my professional seminars and college courses, even though the course or seminar may be the same, I make updates and adjustments every time I teach it.

I believe in continuous improvement and in the saying, “My today must be better than my yesterday, and my tomorrow must be better than my today.” One experience has added to my knowledge and the book the overseas jobs that I have held between 2008 and 2014. I could not imagine the pace and amount of construction in such a small place as Qatar. There are more tower cranes than you can count.
Professionals come from all over the world, like a huge bouquet of flowers, with their diversity in education, culture, race, and language. Communication has been a challenge, to say the least. Even though English is the official language for doing business in most organizations there, one soon realizes that English is not English!
Forget about the difference in pronunciation and accents, forget about the spelling of labor versus labour and program versus programme; there are differences in the interpretation of technical terms and in the way business is conducted.
To make it interesting, none of these differences is wrong. This situation is the cure for what I call the background paradigm, in which everyone believes he or she is right just because he was brought up this way!

Then our cultures and ways of doing business clash, and everyone believes the other persons are wrong! In many of these situations, there is no right and wrong; there are just different ways of doing things. However, in a project management team, all must sing together in harmony with one common tune what a challenge! Keep in mind, our field is an empirical, not an exact, science! Believe it or not, I enjoy every minute of this clash of cultures.I think of it like this: cubic meter of concrete mix: $100; one ton of steel: $600; one workday with 30 different nationalities: priceless!”
This edition contains many additions in almost every chapter and part of the book. One new chapter (Chapter 15) has been added on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and scheduling. BIM popularity has been increasing rapidly due to its advantages that new hardware and software technology have made possible. I have also added in almost every chapter. Since the first edition, I have observed more qualitative interest in project scheduling in the professional and academic disciplines. In particular, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has created a certification track in scheduling (Scheduling Professional, PMI-SP) in 2008 (the author served in the committee that prepared the first SP exam), and the AACE International has its own Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) certification. Other professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the UKa Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and many others inside and outside the United States have also showed increased interest in scheduling and project control issues.
This, coupled with the increasing role of project scheduling (using the critical path method) in delay and other claims, has made it an essential part of required knowledge for judges, lawyers, and arbitrators. This is a clear indication of the importance of project scheduling and control for todayâ bigger and more complicated projects.

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