Construction Project Management and Planning Guide


Building design and construction is one of the largest and most complex sectors of the world’s economy. The industry includes public and private building owners, planners, architects, engineers, design and technical experts in various fields, construction contractors and managers, craftspeople and thousands of building product and system manufacturers. The design and construction process can be rewarding, but it can also be frustrating, even for experienced building owners and project teams. The difficulty of construction project management is due to the many moving parts, including the coordination of people, time and money.

This construction project management planning guide will help owners and project teams think about construction risks as they begin building projects and plan to mitigate the uncertainties that are part of the design and construction process.

  • The guide is based on original industry research by Dodge Data & Analytics about the sources of uncertainty, recommendations for managing uncertainty and improvement strategies in building design and construction.
  • It provides expert advice from owners, architects and contractors based on real data about their experiences.
  • It includes a link to a Contingency Calculator that construction project management teams can use to appropriately budget for risks throughout the project lifecycle.

The research was sponsored jointly by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, Associated General Contractors (AGC), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Autodesk, Graphisoft, and other industry groups. The original study is presented in a report entitled Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction, published by McGraw-Hill Construction (now Dodge Data & Analytics) in 2014.

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