Construction Project Management

Columbia Engineering Executive Education

Columbia Engineering Executive Education

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Who should attend

This course is designed for professionals working in the construction industry who are interested in pursuing a more advanced management role. It will be particularly instructive for mid-career to senior construction professionals, project managers and engineers, especially those working in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, and transport industries. Here are roles well suited to this certification course:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Lead Engineer
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Administrator
  • Project Developer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Planner
  • Scheduler
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Senior Site Engineer

About the course

With trillions of dollars being invested in megaprojects across the globe and a steady expansion of residential, commercial, and infrastructure projects, the construction industry is poised for a bright future and will need well-trained managers to oversee projects to completion. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is an excellent time to invest in your career as a construction project manager. Employment in the field, in the U.S Economy, is expected to grow by 10% through 2028, faster than the average of all other occupations. The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University Executive Education’s online certification course will prepare you to manage schedules, budgets, risks, regulations, and personnel in a construction industry engaged in building the world’s new residences, office buildings, and hospitals, retrofitting existing spaces, and supervising infrastructure megaprojects.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

An in-depth exploration of construction management, this course covers the areas of project management, planning, scheduling, and development via a high-touch experience that features world-class instruction from Columbia Engineering Executive Education and a host of expert guest lectures. Participants will engage in an interactive, real-life simulation of scheduling and a deep dive into scheduling technology, such as virtual reality and MS Project. Over the 3-month curriculum, participants should expect to devote 4-6 hours per week to the course.

SYLLABUS

The course is comprised of 12 weekly modules that address the two critical aspects of construction project management—project planning and project scheduling.

MODULE 1 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

  • Engineering and Construction Industry
  • Program, Project, and Construction Management
  • Construction vs. Manufacturing Industry

MODULE 2 FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CYCLE

  • Design-Bid-Build
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • The Lean Theory

MODULE 3 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • Sustainability in the Construction Industry
  • Community Involvement and Diversity
  • Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) in Construction

MODULE 4 TRENDS AND RISKS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Technology Trends in Construction
  • Development and Project Risk Estimation

MODULE 5 PLANNING A PROJECT

  • Role of Project Managers
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Standard and Project Coding

MODULE 6 INTRODUCTION TO SCHEDULING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

  • Bar Charts
  • Activity Precedence Diagram
  • Types of Relationships among Construction Activities

MODULE 7 CRITICAL PATH METHOD

  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Activity Floats
  • Work Dates and Calendar Dates

MODULE 8 ACTIVITY ON ARROW (AOA)

  • Activity on Arrow Diagrams
  • Forward and Backward Pass Calculations

MODULE 9 PERT AND RANGE ESTIMATION

  • Probability of project completion within a given duration (PERT)
  • Probability of project completion within a given budget (Range Estimation)

MODULE 10 ROLE OF SCHEDULER AND LINE OF BALANCE

  • Role of a Construction Scheduler
  • Linear Construction
  • Visualizing the Line of Balance (LoB)

MODULE 11 TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES IN SCHEDULING

  • MS Project and Primavera for Scheduling
  • Schedule, Analysis, and Application
  • Integrating Models and Schedule

MODULE 12 SCHEDULING FOR LARGE PROGRAMS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Scheduling for Large courses
  • Risk Allocation and Planning
  • Lean Scheduling

Experts

Ibrahim Odeh

Ibrahim S. Odeh focuses his studies and research on assisting construction firms with strategic management assignments in areas related to: strategy and business development; infrastructure and construction market analysis; market entry strategy; and trends affecting the future of the constructio...

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