Construction Management Areas of Study
There are multiple specialties within the overall field of Construction Management. The bachelor's degree curriculum includes foundational knowledge of all of these areas. As a working professional you may be a generalist or may choose to specialize in one or more of these areas.
- Construction Methods includes the selection of appropriate equipment and materials for a particular function. It also includes efficiency studies to optimize production.
- Project Management includes a blend of technical and business skills reading and interpreting technical drawings and specifications, cost estimating, scheduling, negotiating and managing subcontracts, maintaining quality standards and tracking budgets.
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the use of 3D computer models to design, construct, and operate buildings. Modern modeling software can also be used to inventory materials in a building and analyze heating, cooling and electrical requirements.
- Sustainable or Green Construction includes decreasing the environmental impact of creating and using buildings. These impacts include selection of materials, future maintenance requirements, and energy or water use. Increasingly buildings are being equipped not only with energy saving features such as insulation but the means to generate electricity through solar panels or wind turbines, or create hot water with solar water heating.
- Business Administration includes accounting, managing cash flow, profitability analysis legal aspects of construction.