Construction Management in West Germany

by Joachim Dressler, (A.M.ASCE), Engr.; Lahmeyer International Consulting Engineers, Munich, West Germany,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 477-487

Document Type: Journal Paper


In Germany, both professional construction management and construction management techniques have been refined during the last two decades. Increasingly, modern management techniques to plan and control time, resources, and costs of construction processes are used by owners and by the construction industry. First, this paper will present a brief overview on the status of the german construction industry within the German economy. Secondly, it will review project management techniques commonly used in this country. Emphasis will be put on the velocity diagram which, to the knowledge of the writer, is not too widely used in the United States. Thirdly, construction management concepts are presented as used on several large construction projects in Germany. Differences with reguard to various owners will be illustrated.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Construction methods | Owners | Construction industry | Resource management | Construction costs | Germany | Europe | United States

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