The COVID-19 pandemic came upon the world virtually without warning and has impacted every facet of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. Government mandates imposing lockdowns, work from home orders, and new safety protocols will continue to affect us going forward. The construction industry has been adversely affected too – supply chains issues, new OSHA requirements for workers’ safety and personal hygiene, and even operation shutdowns.
A new book by ASCE’s Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee, COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Construction Projects, seeks to help engineering and construction practitioners in managing constructions projects during a pandemic. Its authors are Hossein Ataei, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., Dan Becker, Joseph R. Hellenbrand, P.E., Mohammed S. Hashem M. Mehany, Ph.D., Thomas E. Mitchell, P.E., and David M. Ponte, P.E.
The book begins with an outline of evolving COVID-19 regulations and their effects on the construction industry. The authors then delve into how the pandemic has affected project schedules and strategies for addressing these. A discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted construction costs, and ways to minimize financial risks and loss of productivity rounds out this e-book.
This is a great resource for field engineers and project managers in the construction industry for navigating the new normal.
Find the book in the ASCE Library: https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784483398