Cases in Construction Management by W.J. Slater

By W.J. Slater

Written by means of the country's major authority on building administration education, this ebook offers useful examples of development administration difficulties and the way to accommodate them.

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You have been requested to investigate. What points should be looked for and what should be done about it. The conditions on the Hexham site are very good. Most of the labour used is local labour, the job is not particularly hazardous. Case 20 Two of your senior surveyors have approached you independently complaining that the other is getting on his nerves. When asked in what way and why, each man has difficulty in giving answers. The position has got so bad that one or both may leave the company.

Some are not and don’t want to be. Q What changes if any would you like to see in the organisation? A I think we should have a Sales Director who is also knowledgeable technically. This job is not like selling ‘Mars Bars’. I don’t find the Technical Director a great deal of help but he has a good knowledge of plant. I think we could manage with three Regional Directors. Q Do you get good support from the rest of the Head Office staff? A Yes. I often have disputes with credit control. They decide the ‘cut-off point with slow payers too quick.

Case 31 You receive reports from contracts and it is noted that on Contract 56 a school for the county council, work is not proceeding as smoothly as could be expected. Complaints have been received from the county Architect about bad workmanship, particularly brickwork. Contract costs are high and work is behind programme. The GF on the job also acts as foreman bricklayers with two chargehands to assist. Other trades have their own respective foremen. The work is valued at £1, 950,000. On checking the GF’s record, you find he has been with the firm for 12 years.

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