77826 - Construction Management and Building Site Organization

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

To learn basic methods and instruments of construction management: time and cost planning with quantitative models, project control, design of construction operations and of job site layout, project optimisation and health and safety related issues

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of building systems is required to attend with profit this course. In addition, students should master the computer – based drawing software – CAD. Prior knowledge can be achieved attending the courses “Disegno dell’Architettura” and “Architettura Tecnica”.

Fluent spoken and written Italian is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in Italian.

 Course Contents


1. Construction management – project management methods for planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects.

1.1. Project Management for Building and construction projects:

· Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

· Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

· Building Information Modelling (BIM)

1.2. Planning and Scheduling: diagram-based methods (Gantt, S curves, load charts, Time/Space charts; activity networks - Precedence Diagramming Method PDM.

1.3. The Construction Project schedule

2. Building site organization and safety-oriented design.

2.1. Building and construction site design:

· Building site stationings and systems

· Site logistics

· Infrastructural works construction site

2.2. Technology and health and safety standards for construction:

· building site lay-out

· construction works, excavations and demolitions

· scaffoldings

· building site systems: electrical and handling systems (cranes)

3. Construction Projects models and operators:

3.1. Project management:

· construction operators, construction law and regulations (Italy)

· Direttore Lavori – Planning and works supervisor

· Cost accounting for public works

3.2. Safety management in a construction company:

· Laws and regulations (consolidated safety act)

· Hazard assessement procedures

· Safety managers and corporate roles

3.3. Safety management in a building construction site:

· Laws and regulations (consolidated safety act)

· Safety coordinators and owners’ responsibilities

· Construction site safety plans

4. Project work (groups of students):

· Building site design and organization (mandatory)

· Construction schedule (software MS project)


• Appunti di lezione sul sito / class notes “virtuale.unibo.it”: https://virtuale.unibo.it/

• Bragadin Marco A., La programmazione dei lavori con i metodi reticolari, Maggioli 2010

• Bragadin Marco A. "La normativa per la gestione della sicurezza in cantiere" Maggioli, 2012

• Bragadin Marco A. " Scelte progettuali e sicurezza nel cantiere edile" Maggioli, 2012

• D.lgs. 81/08 e s.m.i. “Testo Unico sulla sicurezza sul lavoro” (TUS)

• D.lgs. 50/2016 e s.m.i. “Nuovo codice dei contratti pubblici di lavori, servizi e forniture”

• PMI, Guida al Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), Ed. PMI, USA standard ANSI 99-001-2004

• Hendrickson C., Project Management for Construction, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

• Moro A. "Il piano di sicurezza e coordinamento" Dario Flaccovio editore 2010

• Moro A. "La sicurezza in cantiere" Dario Flaccovio editore 2012

• Moro A. "Il Fascicolo dell'opera" Dario Flaccovio editore 2010

• Semeraro G., Il cantiere sicuro, EPC

• Rigamonti Giuseppe - La Gestione dei Processi di Intervento Edilizio. Utet 2001

• Frein J. P. (Ed.) Handbook of Construction Management and Organization. Van Nostrand Reinhold

• Lacava M., Solustri C.; Progetto e Sicurezza del Cantiere Ed.Carocci 1997

• Picone M. “Tecnologia della Produzione edilizia”, Utet, 1984.

• Auteri A. Dibennardo U. Pasqua A. “Il cantiere edile” NIS Roma 1996.

• Amato R. Chiappi R. “Tecniche di project management” FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Teaching methods

The course is a component of the CANTIERI EDILI learning activity. Cantieri edili is divided into two courses: Organizzazione di Cantiere e Valutazione Economica dei progetti. Final grade will be the weighted mean with CFU of the grades of the two courses. 

Both courses include lectures and practical exercises.

Teaching methods: in - class lessons, mandatory homework assignments: project- work.

In-class lectures are aimed at learning the methods and tools needed for project work implementation. Attendance in practical classes is recommended.

Assessment methods


Final exam: in - class exercises/homework and oral exam (mandatory). Homework will be evaluated and discussed in final exam. The grading of the homework  will be related to the completeness, clarity and compliance with standards of the submitted practice exercises.

Achievements will be assessed by the means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" described above.

In order to properly assess such achievement the examination is composed of different sessions: written session (optional for the 4 CFU course), which consist of a test, duration 2 hours; to be eligible to take the oral exam the student must score in the written test a minimum total of 18 points with a maximum of 30.

The oral session consists of the following: a review of the homework and a review of the written output, in which examiners inform the student on grading criteria, and receive any student appeal supported by appropriate explanations; and a technical conversation. Homework must be completed and passed prior the oral exam.

Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language.

A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language, and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.


Teaching tools

Personal Computer, Projector, homework and building site visits

Office hours

See the website of Marco Alvise Bragadin