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This construction client's manual is written in the form of a listof activities. It supports owners in the role of client by helpingthem make choices during the project development process. Thisincreases control over cost, quality and duration at each stage.

Activities within each main stage of the project development(preparation stage; procurement; design; preparation forconstruction; construction itself; handover; implementation) aredivided into phases, each requiring separate decision-making. Thephase begins with a list of direct previous decisions and continueswith a list of executors, the goal of the present phase and a listof activities to be performed. And each phase ends with a list ofexpected results and a list of activities that these resultsrelease for action in the next phase.

The sequence of these seven stages can be altered to helpbuilding owners manage risk by choosing and combining the timing ofthese stages. The tasks involved in project preparation, describedin the first chapter are for example, often left by the owner forthe designers to solve - or sometimes even the contractors. Thedecisions relating to the choice of procurement schemes, describedin the second chapter, can be made either at the preparation stageof project development, as part of the prioritisation of aims, orat the time of choosing the designer, or at the stage of choosingconstruction contractors.

Manual of Construction Project Management – forowners & clients is for prospective owners who either operateas clients themselves, or who use the services of professionalconstruction management companies. The aim is to help both ownersand their construction partners understand what to expect from eachother.

The manual describes activities at the level of detail requiredto choose the management task or method to make the decision. It isnot bound to regulations of any specific country and a detailedglossary makes it an indispensable worldwide reference.

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