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A successful civil engineer needs to be able to provide his or her client with practical solutions to specific problems. Not only does the solution need to be technically fit-for-use but it also needs to be cost-effective and time-efficient. Using case studies to illustrate the principles and processes it describes, this book is a guide to designing, costing and scheduling a civil engineering project to suit a client’s brief. The procedures presented emphasise correct quantification and planning of works to give reliable cost and time predictions towards minimising the risk of losing business through cost blowouts or losing profits through underestimation.

Methods are framed within the ecessary local ethical and legal requirements. The main territories applicable are Australasia and Southeast Asia and the wider sphere of Commonwealth Nations, although the principles are internationally relevant. Guiding you through the complete process of project design, costing and tendering, this book is the ideal bridge between studying civil engineering and practising it in a commercial context. 

This work acknowledges with many thanks: 

– Expert advice received from David Scott, Cong Bui, Ian Chandler, Lau Hieng Ho, Phil Evans, Joan Squelch, Vanissorn Vimonsatit, Ranjan Sarukkalige, Navid Nikraz, Ommid Nikraz, Martin Edge, Seaton Baxter, Robert Pollock, Assem Al-Hajj, Richard Laing, Graeme Castle, Doug Gordon, Ravi Dhir, Tom Dyer and Mick Mawdesley. 

– Input suggestions from Anna Pham, Liam Gayner, Philip Gajda, Colleen Smythe, Carlo Cammarano, Andrew Crew, Aziz Albishri, Maryam Alavitoussi, Paul Brandis, Faisal Alazzaz, Graeme Bikaun, Abdullah Almusharraf, Erin Macpherson, Tachella Atmodjo, Ting Sim Nee, Shariful Malik, Nicholas Marshall and Mark Luca. 

– Applied knowledge interpretations by Nicholas Loke, Chen Shok Yin, Sun Yini, Jarrad Coffey, Nicholas Teraci, Kai Teraci, Tim Bird, Mat B. De Gersigny and Glenn Hood. 

– Valuable industry reflections received from Bob Hunt, Paul Vogel, Gerry Hofmann, Richard Choy, Tom Engelke, Allan Williams, Fran Evans and on-going support from Jenny Lojitin, Maia L.W. and the many colleagues and friends who offered help and encouragement.

Dr. Andrew Whyte, head of the Civil Engineering Department at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, having worked in industrial and academic environments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, has gained a wideranging knowledge of construction management, design team integration, whole-life assessment of structures and asset development using local technologies and low-cost and sustainable methods.

A civil engineer must develop and be able to apply a multitude of skill bases. Professional and technical attributes might be argued to encompass designing civil engineering solutions, construction procurement, site-work arrangement, as well as the allocation, time-scheduling and cost-control of all relevant resources. The civil engineer is charged with the integration of design and construction, based on solid engineering foundations couched within a code of ethics that seeks to protect and enhance society’s well-being.

Civil engineers work in multidisciplinary building design teams; their role depends largely on alignment with either design activities, or alternatively, on on-site construction work. Relationships between those who design and those who construct are traditionally described in a contract, which formalises obligations and responsibilities. A process of tendering is undertaken to allocate a project to a builder (see

Traditional tendering process). Traditionally, a client, with a need for some building work, shall seek out a team of construction and civil engineering designers and engage them to prepare a design solution.