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UMD, USMx: Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management

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Learn how to deliver across the lifecycle from first concept to occupancy, including the role of the Construction Management professional during the design process and review of the different project delivery methods.

Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management
4 weeks
2–3 hours per week
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Starts Feb 28
Ends Jul 1

About this course

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In this course we will review the owner’s primary goal in choosing a project delivery method to ensure that the planned project will meet the project goals and objectives, fit within the culture of their organization, and at the same time allow the project to be delivered on time, within budget, and achieve good quality.

We will review the primary project delivery method arrangements with their advantages and disadvantages, and cover the three major types of contracts. It is the owner’s requirement to analyze the project delivery method advantages and disadvantages. The best way to do this is to examine the project risks and major categories of project risk.

Next, we’ll address design. Good design is a result of collaboration among many different people, including the construction manager, architect, engineers, and owner. Although there is always a lead designer, the project is a combination of the collaborative process and consultation with other experts.

In this course we describe the roles and responsibilities of the construction management professional during the design phase:

  • Understanding value engineering.
  • Tasks that fall outside the design activities. These include investigations of local conditions, construction practices, labor markets, and the site conditions.
  • Knowing when to bid a project. Significant time and costs are incurred in preparing a bid. To bid or not to bid.
  • Know the construction phase, and how the work is the same no matter what contract form or project delivery method was chosen.
  • Summarize the activities necessary to properly organize and prepare a project for construction.

The construction phase can be the most exciting part of the project cycle. Every day the job conditions change. There will always be problems to solve, logistical challenges to meet, and new people to work with. This is the job of the construction manager.

At a glance

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  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Intermediate
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  • Language: English
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  • Associated skills:Investigation, Project Risk Management, Construction, Project Cycle Management, Construction Management

What you'll learn

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  • Comprehend the construction project and construction process
  • Comparing the role of a general contractor and the two types of a construction manager
  • The process of change management, change orders and contract modifications
  • The use of constructability reviews during the design phase
  • Understanding the need for preconstruction services and how it is applied in the construction industry
  • The use of separate contracts where needed or required, and understanding contract documents
  • The application of project cost control in project management
  • Understanding how to manage complex projects and its contractual relationships
  • The comparison of lump sum bid contracts vs. negotiated contracts in both the private sector and the public arena
  • How to deal with the various stakeholders and how to use construction team members to collaborate with them

Week 1: Project delivery methods.

Week 2: The Construction Manager role during Design.

Week 3: Bidding and Procurement.

Week 4: Managing from construction to closeout

This course is part of Construction Management Professional Certificate Program

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