Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution

 Leadership, Ethics, and  Project Execution

Leadership, Ethics, and  Project Execution

Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution provides a masterclass in the project and people management skills that set apart the most accomplished design and construction professionals. This textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students distils the insights gleaned over the authors’ decades of experience in academia and industry into actionable principles for success in a notoriously demanding field. Combining real-life case studies with original research, Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution points the way from the classroom to the job site. Interactive exercises allow readers to take the role of junior project managers and other emerging professionals and reason through the ethical dilemmas surrounding building projects from the initial bid to completion. Chapters on stakeholder alignment, productivity, and project success ensure that aspiring leaders’ business decisions are as economically sound as they are ethically correct.From its accessible, Conversational tone to the lifetime’s worth of construction wisdom it shares, Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution offers an extended mentoring session with three giants of the building industry.F.H. (Bud) Griffis, Ph.D., PE, (1938–2021) was Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering, NYU. From 2000 through 2006, he was Provost, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Polytechnic University. Before that from 1986 to 1999, he was Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia.

His academic specialty was the application of operation research and systems analysis to construction planning, operations, and management. He earned a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy, and two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State.Bud Griffis specialized in organizing and managing large projects. He retired
as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1986 after serving as Commander and District Engineer of the New York District. There he managed Army and Air Force construction from New Jersey to Maine, including Greenland. Before that, he was Area Engineer, Construction Manager, and Contracting Officer for the Ramon Airbase construction in Israel. For the 20 years preceding that, he commanded Corps of Engineers construction and combat units in the U.S., Korea, Viet Nam and Germany.
Among his professional pursuits, he was a PE in the states of NY and OK. He was a Fellow and member of the National Board of Directors for ASCE, and elected to the National Academy of Construction.Frederick B. Plummer, Jr., MS, Ph.D. is an executive with over 37 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. Following graduation from West Point, Dr. Plummer served his country for 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He then went back to the University of Illinois, where he earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. oncurrently, he worked as Principal Investigator for the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. He then joined Exxon where he quickly rose to supervisor and division manager at their Production Research Company. After that he spent 19 years working on international megaprojects for Exxon and eventually ExxonMobil Corporation. In Norway, he was responsible for engineering the first deepwater oil and gas platform in the North Sea. This involved leading all aspects of technology development, engineering, and procurement of engineered equipment on this 3-billion-dollar project. Following first oil production, he returned to Houston where he managed technical definition and project execution planning for a 20-billion-dollar offshore LNG project. Then, after serving as Marine Manager
for international offshore megaprojects, he moved to the contractor-side of the business. There, he reported to the President of a start-up company as Director of Execution Excellence. This wide-ranging assignment included all aspects of excellence from safety, quality, and ethics to project execution planning, alignment, and some aspects of business development.

This book describes the fundamentals of geomechanical and geotechnical finite element modeling using Abaqus and Python. Of particular importance is the probing of non-linear material response of standard soil and rock material models, namely, the Drucker-Prager, Mohr-Coulomb and Cam-Clay models, under triaxial loading. Slope stability and consolidation problems are examined.Abaqus input (*.inp) files, Python Abaqus post processing and plotting scripts are provided. Python is used because of its wide popularity and is integrated with Abaqus. This enables analysis and post-processing automation, as well as extending the analysis capabilities of Abaqus (for e.g., implementing the strength reduction method for slope stability analysis).

The content of this book is relevant to students, researchers and engineers who are working in civil, energy, and mining industries.

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