Construction Management(CM)*

About The Course cm

This unique specialization offers courses covering a range of subjects in Building Science, Construction Materials and Construction Engineering and Management areas, which includes:

Building Science:

Functional design of buildings, Building acoustics and noise control, Building services, and Energy management in buildings.

Construction Materials:

Modern construction materials, Characterisation of construction materials, Advanced concrete technology, Maintenance and rehabilitation of constructed facilities, and Structural systems and design.

Construction Engineering and Management:

Construction methods and equipment, Sustainable Construction, Construction planning and control, Construction project management, Construction economics and finance, Quality and safety management, Lean construction, Construction contracts and specifications, and Computer applications in construction.

Eligibility

B.E./B.Tech./AMIE in Civil Engg./ Construction Engg (or) equivalent/ Civil and Environ-mental Engg.

Career Opportunities

Construction Management Career Paths

Graduates of CM programs may move up through the profession either through the project superintendent career path or through the construction management career path to the position of project manager. The next level is either manager of projects, vice president, president or chief executive officer of a firm or owner of a company.

With a degree in construction management, students have the option of several different career paths. Typical starting positions include the following:

  • Inspector
  • Contract administrator
  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Cost control
  • Project controls
  • Procurement
  • Facilities manager
  • Assistant construction manager
  • Construction manager
  • Assistant project manager
  • Project manager

 

Students who obtain a degree in construction management have the option of working in the following fields:

Building Construction

Building construction encompasses structures that are built to house people, processes or animals. The structures are usually designed by architects and engineers or builders and built by either the government or private owners. The different types of buildings include: institutional, educational, light industrial warehouses, commercial, religious, governmental, recreational, space and others. Construction management personnel determine the cost of structures, how long it will take to build structures and the processes required to build structures, and they manage the construction processes.

Building construction involves many complex processes that have to be integrated into one structure and that also have to meet safety requirements for structural integrity. Construction management personnel must interpret the drawings provided by design engineers and convert them into physical structures.

Construction professionals are involved in every stage of the building process. Sometimes they provide input during the design stage to help designers determine whether their designs can be built with the construction techniques and processes currently available.

Construction professionals also may be involved in the reconstruction and restoration of buildings to return them to their previous appearance.

Construction Law

The area of construction law encompasses contracts, specifications, plans, tort law (negligence and liability), patent law, change orders and claims, and arbitration and litigation.

Construction personnel are involved with the legal aspects of construction either writing contracts and specifications or interpreting them.

Contract administrators are construction professionals who determine what is required in contracts, and they verify that projects are being constructed according to the contracts and specifications. Construction personnel may provide depositions or testify in court if there are accidents at construction sites or if there are claims that cannot be resolved through other dispute-resolution techniques. Construction personnel may also provide expert witness testimony in lawsuits related to their areas of expertise.

Consulting – Construction Management

Construction managers are responsible for managing the day-to-day processes at construction sites. They monitor schedules, costs, quality, labor, resources and equipment to determine whether projects are progressing as originally planned, and they manage all of the personnel required to build construction projects. They are involved in planning, scheduling, estimating, procurement, expediting, controls and value engineering. They also oversee contract administration, field estimates, inspections, progress measurements, progress payments to contractors, process change orders and interface with the home office.

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