Course detail

Management of Construction Contracts

FAST-CW018Acad. year: 2018/2019

The subject introduces students to a comprehensive view of the construction process, with a more detailed focus on the production process from the perspective of the management of a construction contract at the production division level. The subject also explains the relationships between individual entities involved in the construction process, mainly from the point of view of the contractor, and also the options involved in the successful production of a bid and subsequent work with an order. The subject focuses on the work of a building company’s production centres and operations management from the stage of signing the contract to the point of handing over the work. During the execution of the work, construction technology planning issues are handled in connection with the production plan and the analysis and coordination of resource provision. The activities of managers are discussed in great detail, including their main administrative and substantive activities, cooperation with other entities involved in the construction process outside the building company, activities begun if changes should occur with an impact on possible risk factors and their impacts on the construction process primarily during the implementation of subsidy programmes.

Department

Institute of Technology, Mechanisation and Construction Management (TST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the subject is to gain knowledge regarding the organization and management of a construction process from the point of view of the contractor. The successful completion of the subject will enable the students to understand structural relationships within a construction company and its activities in the area of pre-production, production and operational preparation, with an emphasis on the activities of the operations management of the company.

Prerequisites

For the successful completion of this subject, students have to understand the construction process as a whole and therefore their required prerequisites will be from the areas of construction technology planning, law relevant to the construction business, computer software for the preparation and execution of construction work, and safety, qualitative, environmental and financial management.

Co-requisites

Students will supplement their knowledge of this subject with concurrently studied subjects, particularly in the area of computer software for the preparation and execution of construction work, project management and managerial skills, and through the individual approaches of individual teachers in the area of the production of their diploma thesis.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching methods depend on the tuition type and are described in Article 7 of the Study and Examination Regulations of BUT. The subject is divided into lectures and practical classes, which are held in weekly cycles. In the practical classes, students will obtain assignments based on the individual background documentation for projects executed for their final university thesis. Theoretical as well as practical activities concerning the organization and management of the construction process

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance of a minimum of 80% of practical classes will be required by the tutor. All assigned protocols which are related to the student’s final theses will need to be produced and assessed as satisfactory in order to obtain a credit. The credit must be obtained in advance in order to successfully complete the exam. The test consists of a written part covering the studied topics and a subsequent oral part where student’s results from the written part and their general understanding of the give

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Management within an organization, interpersonal relationships in the management process, motivation and stimulation of staff, delegation of competencies and responsibilities in the construction process.
2. Organization of construction companies with an emphasis on production divisions, specialised production centres.
3. Management and organisation of work on construction sites, duties and competencies of heads of economic centres and operations management.
4. Obligations, participants in a construction process, their mutual relationships, competencies and duties, the tendering procedure as regards public tenders, selection of sub-contractors, contracts to perform work, and other kinds of agreements used in the construction industry.
5. Production plan, analysis and evaluation of resources, administrative and substantive materials for the management of construction sites, production documentation.
6. Pre-production, production and operational preparation work carried out by contractors, background materials for operational plans, connection to production calculations and accounts keeping.
7. Handing over and acceptance of a building site, duties of participants during this activity, materials and documents needed for the handover, outputs, handing over of the work with regard to the client and to sub-contractors, documents necessary for the handing over of the final product and its subsequent final inspection and use, partial and final billing for a construction site, list of jobs, services and deliveries, fact-finding report.
8. Site manager’s agenda, documents kept by the contractor during work on a construction site, keeping of a construction site diary, alteration work, invoicing, monitoring of work progress at the construction site.
9. Inspection days at a construction site – administrative and substantive inputs and outputs, cooperation between the contractor and the client in the preparation and execution of the final inspection of the work.
10. Risk factors in the execution of construction work – administrative, safety, qualitative and financial risks, their identification and the options for eliminating them, the activity of the contractor when performing activities in subsidy programmes.

Aims

To make the students acquainted with the structure of building contract management incl. relations inside and outside the company. To learn to understand the manners of obtaining and processing of quotations for the future production. To understand the building contract management from the level of the medium and operative management and the related agenda, as well as competencies and obligations of the operative management. To present the students the main and related activities at dealing with the building contract incl. safety and quality supervision.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-E-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme N-P-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme N-K-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Management within an organization, interpersonal relationships in the management process, motivation and stimulation of staff, delegation of competencies and responsibilities in the construction process.
2. Organization of construction companies with an emphasis on production divisions, specialised production centres.
3. Management and organisation of work on construction sites, duties and competencies of heads of economic centres and operations management.
4. Obligations, participants in a construction process, their mutual relationships, competencies and duties, the tendering procedure as regards public tenders, selection of sub-contractors, contracts to perform work, and other kinds of agreements used in the construction industry.
5. Production plan, analysis and evaluation of resources, administrative and substantive materials for the management of construction sites, production documentation.
6. Pre-production, production and operational preparation work carried out by contractors, background materials for operational plans, connection to production calculations and accounts keeping.
7. Handing over and acceptance of a building site, duties of participants during this activity, materials and documents needed for the handover, outputs, handing over of the work with regard to the client and to sub-contractors, documents necessary for the handing over of the final product and its subsequent final inspection and use, partial and final billing for a construction site, list of jobs, services and deliveries, fact-finding report.
8. Site manager’s agenda, documents kept by the contractor during work on a construction site, keeping of a construction site diary, alteration work, invoicing, monitoring of work progress at the construction site.
9. Inspection days at a construction site – administrative and substantive inputs and outputs, cooperation between the contractor and the client in the preparation and execution of the final inspection of the work.
10. Risk factors in the execution of construction work – administrative, safety, qualitative and financial risks, their identification and the options for eliminating them, the activity of the contractor when performing activities in subsidy programmes.

Exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Division of a selected construction site into structures, calculation of measurement units and their number for calculated costs, classification of building structures into the JKSO (Integrated Classification of Building Structures) and conversion to the CZ-CC (Classification of Types of Constructions). Determination of the calculated cost of individual building structures, or the whole construction process.
2. Determination of a calculated (rough) timetable for the whole construction process according to the connection of individual building structures with the use of supporting indicators and software tools.
3. Determination of a contract proposal for work involved in construction execution, creation of a protocol for the handing over of a construction site, creation of a protocol for the handing over of a structure including minor faults and unfinished work, lists of documents required for the handover of the work.
4. Gaining of knowledge concerning the operations management activities of medium and large – sized firms at a specific construction site, including the preparation of a written report on interesting facts concerning the management of such companies.
5. Determination of the balance of resources (human, material, mechanical and financial) on the basis of an itemised budget drawn up for three technical stages of the construction process.
6. Determination of an operational plan for a period of two weeks based on a previously determined itemised budget and a related time schedule, including the proposal and analysis of needed resources and the means by which they will be obtained.
7. Determination of an inspection and test plan for 3 technical stages of the construction process for a previously determined construction time schedule.
8. Preparation of a 2-week work schedule for construction execution in a site diary, including the completion of the introductory pages. Processing of records from an inspection day.
9. Gaining of knowledge about the operations management activities of a small company at a specific building site, including the creation of a written report concerning interesting aspects of the management of such a company.
10. Marking and evaluation of completed tasks.