2023 Principles of Construction Management

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Graduate major in Civil Engineering
Hasegawa Atsushi  Matsukawa Keisuke  Hiraishi Kazuaki  Maeda Yasuyoshi  Koizumi Yukihiro  Takesue Naoki  Maki Kotaro 
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Course description and aims

To learn fundamental knowledge and skills of Construction Management/Project Management in order to develop human resources for international construction projects.
After explaining the characteristics of construction industries and projects, the fundamental components and topics on construction management will be taught.

Student learning outcomes

To learn fundamental knowledge and skills of Construction Management/Project Management in order to develop human resources for international construction projects.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The lecturers in charge of this course have plenty of experiences on design, construction and research in the construction company and consultant firm, so the students can learn the construction management from the practical point of view.


Bid/Contract, Estimation, Time Management, Cost Management, Risk Management, Project Funding, Cash Flow, Legal Issue, O&M Management, ODA

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Teaching with mid-term and final assignments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Introduction, General Flow and Scheme of Construction Project Project, Project Management and Construction Management, PMBOK, Planning, Basic Design, Detail Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance (O&M), Bid-Contract type, Project scheme
Class 2 Bid/Contract Bid package, Contract, Technical specification, Prequalification(PQ), Estimation, Bid, Bid bond, Performance bond, Payment bond, Contract agreement, Time extension, Change order, Changed condition, Value Engineering (VE), Liquidated damage, Payment
Class 3 Estimation Cost estimation, Estimation method, Types of cost items, Overhead, Method of detailed cost determination, Depreciation
Class 4 Infrastructure Planning (Shinkansen Development Project) Shinkansen Development, Infrastructure Planning, Long-term Planning
Class 5 Infrastructure Project Evaluation (Shinkansen Development Project) Shinkansen Development, Project Evaluation, Input-output analysis, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Spatial Computable General Equilibrium
Class 6 Time Management (1) Delay loss, Reasons of delay, Scheduling, work breakdown structure (WBS), Activity sequencing, Activity duration estimation, Activity list, Gantt Chart, Milestone, Schedule Network Analysis, Arrow Diagram method (ADM), Total float, Free float, Critical path method (CPM)
Class 7 Time Management (2) / Cost Management Precedence Diagram Method (PDM), Critical chain method, Feeding Buffer, Schedule Buffer, Schedule compression, Crashing, Fast track, Monitoring, Schedule Control, Cost control, Earned value, Planned value, Actual cost, Cost variance, Schedule variance, Delay, Cost performance index (CPI), Schedule performance index (SPI), Estimate at completion, Earned Value Management System (EVMS), Cost and schedule integrated estimation, Cost and schedule integrated estimation with risk, quantitative risk analysis, probability distribution, Central limit theorem, Monte Carlo simulation, Critical index
Class 8 Cash Flow/Funding Borrowing, Repayment, Progress payment, Bank credit line, Commitment line, interest, Overdraft, Cash flow, Bankruptcy in the black, Mobilization, Internal rate of return (IRR), Short term funding, Long term funding, Loan, Bond financing
Class 9 Risk Management Peril, Hazard, Exposure, Risk, Pure risk, Speculative risk, Uncertainty, Variability, Chain structure of risk, Risk identification, Qualitative Risk analysis, Probability/Impact risk rating matrix, Sensitivity analysis, Quantitative risk analysis, Risk response planning, Risk control, Risk Finance, Risk map
Class 10 Introduction to Construction Contracts: law and management Contract, Construction Contracts, Contract terms and documents, Contractor’s obligations, Employer’s obligations, Role of the contract administrator, Responsibility for design, Time, Variations
Class 11 Infrastructure Development in Developing Countries and International Cooperation ODA, Developing country, Contribute to SDGs, Partnership for Quality Infrastructure, Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP), Project Management, Uncertainty
Class 12 O&M Management (Management System) Operation and Maintenance (O&M), Infrastructure asset management, Infrastructure investment capacity, Deterioration, America in ruin, Deterioration prediction, Life Cycle Cost (LCC) minimization, ISO 55000s
Class 13 O&M Management (Technical Innovation: i-construction) Society5.0, i-Construction, Productivity, ICT, Digital Transformation (DX)
Class 14 Necessary Skills for Construction Management Base model of construction management, Necessary Skills for Civil Engineers, Case Study

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Handouts will be distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

-"A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge"(PMBOK Guide), Project Management Institute
- Daniel Halpin: "Construction Management", Wiley

Assessment criteria and methods

- Final Report : 50%
- Exercise(reports) : 30%
- Positive attitude : Additional(20%)

Related courses

  • CVE.D201 : Fudamentals of Infrastructure Planning

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Particularly not.

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