"The CS's key task is to oversee construction work and ensure it is in accordance with the design and contract documents... links construction with design."

The authors have created a reference guide as a valuable tool for all Construction Supervisors working on large building projects. This guide covers the three phases of a building project: Pre-construction; Construction; and Closing. Phase 1 includes recruiting managers and hiring personnel, as well as determining location for the work planned. Phase 2 covers the "do-check-act" processes of the work. Phase 3 details what is necessary to complete the project.

Tables spread across multiple pages throughout the six chapters of the guide. These tables serve as both guidelines and checklists for use by key project managers, including the Construction Supervisor and Contract Administrator. As work progresses, completed checklists can: monitor progress, including performance, costs, risks, and delays, that also serve as a historical record. Other checklists track Quality and Safety factors.

Flow diagrams graphically represent processes and responsibilities. Accompanying text explains key items, listed in the work phase tables, that are being tracked. Footnotes clarify the standards employed. This guide uses industry standards, such as Knowledge Areas (Q-STC-CHRIPS), MasterFormat, and Common Practice.

This 192-page construction reference guide was written prior to the building of a hospital and associated residences in Saudi Arabia. Both authors have extensive, practical experience gained while working onsite at construction projects world-wide. The paperback is a convenient size for onsite use and reference. At the beginning of the guide is an Abbreviations and Terms section essential to understanding acronyms used extensively within the tables and in headings. Chapters help navigate through the process, phase-by-phase. The Index serves onsite as quick-reference access to information. While this reference guide is touted as a documentation record to mitigate risks on large construction projects, it is surprising to find that the authors neglected to include a disclaimer for their own book.

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