Synopses & Reviews
The scope of disasters ranges from man-made emergency to natural calamity, from a kitchen grease fire to a hurricane or volcanic eruption. While each type of event requires a very different scale and type of immediate response, the project management challenges that face restoration and reconstruction professionals after the emergency phase is complete are remarkably similar. Using decades of real-world experience and academic research, the author explains pertinent requirements and methods for the contractors and other professionals who bring order from chaos. This is the first systematic presentation of the tools and skills needed for disaster recovery project management. It is designed primarily for contractors, although it will also be of value for those who might hire them, the communities they serve, and their organizational partners in the disaster recovery effort. The volume is focused on informing the management of projects that recover the built environment after emergency conditions are sufficiently stabilized, and supplements and complements books devoted to conventional construction or emergency relief management.
Rapp (building construction management technology, Purdue U.) provides advice on the management of post-emergency built infrastructure recovery projects, for practitioners new to the profession who have little actual experience so far. The work is a little different from conventional construction, he says, though that may not be obvious until a manager is in the thick of it. Management and administration are his main focus, and he discusses such aspects as contracts; time, cost, and quality control; communication and documentation; and demobilization and closeout. A section also describes such restoration techniques as fire and smoke restoration, microbial remediation, and disaster debris management and demolition.(Annotation C2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR) Reference Research Book News October 2011
About the Author
Randy R. Rapp, D. Mgt., P.E., C.C.E., C.P.C., A.I.C., is Associate Professor of Building Construction Management Technology at Purdue University and coordinates the Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management concentration.�He has extensive practical experience in the impact of both natural and manmade disasters and has worked in government and commercial contexts. While with Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), he served in project controls and operations for Hurricane Katrina and logistics management for Hurricane Wilma.�He was also the project controls manager and deputy program general manager for the Restore Iraqi Oil program.�Rapp is well-known as an educator and industry leader. With Edward R. Fisk, he coauthored the Introduction to Engineering Construction Inspection (2004). He also contributed to redevelopment of the Certified Restorer credential for the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), and chaired the Government Affairs Committee of the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).