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The Construction Project Manager
©Copyright 1996, 1999, 2007

By Robert J. Shaker

Table Of Contents

Defining Organizational Structure .................................................................................................. 2 Duties of the Project Manager ......................................................................................................... 3 The Objectives of the Project Manager ....................................................................................... 4 Goal Setting ..................................................................................................................................... 4 Developing A Working System....................................................................................................... 5 Managing And Controlling The Project .......................................................................................... 6 Cost Accounting As A Relation Of Estimating............................................................................... 7 The Project Construction Schedule ............................................................................................. 8 Introduction to the Construction Schedule .................................................................................... 10 Keeping the Progress Schedule ..................................................................................................... 11 Close-out Procedures - be efficient! .............................................................................................. 12 Conclusion ................................................................................................................................. 12 Conclusion & Summary ................................................................................................................ 12

Defining Organizational Structure The company structure is vital to company longevity and growth. Companies form in many different ways with different leadership characteristics but with the same objectives. Whatever the motivation for a company to choose an operating structure, the same principles in business apply, stabilize, strengthen, and make money. To the project manager, a same sense of accomplishment should also be present. To comprehend the role of a project manager you must first understand the organizational structure of the company. The role of the company is to set the conditions of work for the project management personnel defining how they are to perform their job functions, how they are to report their activities and to know the rules of accountability for their performance. Successful organizations create a hierarchy or structure that clearly defines who is the responsible person to report to for project work assignments, progress of work summaries, cost control management, change management, project safety matters, client attention and satisfaction, subcontractor relationships, union related requirements, team building strategies and human resource issues. A good company, regardless of structure, provides best practices and proper direction to their employees guaranteeing each project has the attention and controls it deserves. Under the direct control of the project manager is the business of organizing and administering to the project. This requires the management of all staff assigned to the project with respect to conditions set within the contract language. This contract guide is referred to as the general condition, modified by the supplemental general conditions. The assembly of the contract includes these conditions by which the project must be organized and administer to. As the project manager is the business leader he must establish and manage the collaboration and communication processes for the project including the project team; client, consultants, superintendent, project engineer, administrative assistant and accounting clerk, with increased or decreased staffing...
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