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Introduction to the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices

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This 2-day short course is for construction project managers and project engineer professionals seeking an understanding of the Best Practices of the Construction Industry Institute (CII). A CII Best Practice is a process or method that, when executed effectively, leads to enhanced project performance. CII Best Practices have been proven through extensive industry use and/or validation.

The course will give participants a high-level overview of the 17 CII best practices.

CII Best Practices

  • Front End Planning
  • Alignment
  • Team Building
  • Partnering
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Change Management
  • Constructability
  • Advanced Work Packaging
  • Planning for Modularization
  • Zero Accident Techniques
  • Materials Management
  • Planning for Startup
  • Dispute Prevention and Resolution
  • Quality Management
  • Lessons Learned
  • Benchmarking and Metrics
  • Implementing CII Research

Taught through a combination of lectures, case studies, and discussion, you will gain a complete understanding of proven construction project management practices.

CII Best Practices and principles are applied to all phases of the construction project life cycle, including the front end planning and execution phases.

In addition, background on the theory and implementation tools will be covered.

The result of this course is real-world knowledge of proven construction management practices that you can apply immediately in the workplace.

About CII

CII, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas. These organizations have joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances.

CII Mission

The mission of CII is to provide a research and development platform to create and drive innovative solutions that tangibly improve business outcomes through an academically-based, disciplined approach.

CII Vision

CII envisions an efficient capital projects industry that builds predictable value for member organizations, society, and stakeholders. Leveraging new ideas, unique forms of collaboration, and knowledge across the project lifecycle, CII provides unmatched advocacy for the built environment.

CII Core Values

The organization is a reflection of its members – driven to achieve improved total lifecycle performance through the specific initiatives undertaken. CII values its ability to collaborate broadly across a diverse group of stakeholders. Paramount to CII’s success is a strong focus on safety, productivity, predictability, and efficiency. The institute and its members aspire to the highest levels of social and environmental responsibility, integrity, and ethics.


Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management at The University of Texas at Austin Extensive knowledge of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) activities and best practices. Principal investigator of nine CII research projects. More than 30 consulting and short course engagem...


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