Thursday, December 11, 2008

Construction Planning and Scheduling or Art of the Event

Construction Planning and Scheduling

Author: Jimmie W Hinz

Offering broad coverage of all major scheduling subjects, this book is a comprehensive resource designed for construction management, planning and scheduling.

It follows a logical progression, introducing precedence diagramming early and following with chapters on activity durations, resource allocations, network schedules and more. It reflects current trends in scheduling (short-interval scheduling, computer scheduling, linear scheduling etc.) and includes chapters on arrow diagramming and PERT. With an eye on application, it includes a unique discussion of contract provisions related to scheduling and incorporates a sample project throughout. Serves as an excellent resource for scheduling professionals in construction and related business sectors, as well as construction attorneys.


The author proposes that the effective use of construction schedules begins with a viable network model. After an initial consideration of arrow diagramming, he focuses on precedence diagrams in the remainder of the discussion. Topics include accurate time estimates for activity duration, contract provisions, the impact of scheduling on cash flow, resource leveling and allocation, computer applications, earned value concepts, short-interval and linear scheduling, and probabilistic duration estimates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Designing and Decorating Special Events

Author: James C Monro

Get the essential guide to making your events extraordinary!

Event planners need professional-caliber information that explains how to decorate a venue for a special event - from assessing the client's decor needs and objectives to staying within a budget. Art of the Event serves as the ultimate guide to designing and decorating events and celebrations, from eight to 8,000 guests.

Written by James C. Monroe, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) with decades of experience in special event design and decoration, Art of the Event is divided into three comprehensive parts to help readers redefine the modern profession of event design:

Principles, Processes, and Practices: examines aesthetics, the design process, and professional practices

The Decorative Elements: describes the various decorative elements that are used in special events and discusses how to use them in practical and specific ways

The Universe of Special Events: describes various types of events that the designer is asked to create and discusses the different requirements of each, including nonprofit events, corporate events, social events, weddings, fairs, and parades

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