Department of Civil Engineering

Construction Equipment and Material Management - CE588

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : CE403

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To introduce material management principles, construction equipment management principles and various construction methods and processes used in construction industry.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Plan material supply to a construction project.
  2. Manage construction equipment for a civil engineering project.
  3. Discuss various construction methods and processes used in construction projects.
  4. Prepare site layout plan, select equipment and plan material supplies for a real-life construction project.
Course content/Course description
  1. Material management: Material requirements at construction sites, basics of inventory control and terminology, economic order quantity theory, finding optimum order quantities for fixed demand, variable demand and under quantity discounts as applied to construction projects
  2. Construction equipment management:Types of construction equipment, selection of construction equipment, acquisition options of construction equipment, owning and operating costs of equipment, output estimation using cycle time approach, output estimation using formulae, complex operations involving multiple equipment, fleet matching, basic maintenance practices
  3. Construction technology: Construction methods in earthwork operations, concreting processes, special construction processes
  4. Case study: Case study involving site layout planning, equipment selection and material management as applied to a real-life construction project
Recommended Texts
  1. Taylor, J 2007, Project Scheduling and Cost Control: Planning, Monitoring and Controlling - Planning Monitoring and Controlling the Baseline, J. Ross Publishing.
  2. Douglas & Gransberg, 2012, Construction Equipment Management for Engineers, Estimators, and Owners (Civil and Environmental Engineering), CRC Press.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 04
Practical -
Assignments 12
Assessment Percentage Marks
Assignments/Quizzes/Case Study 40
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering