Management Essentials for Civil Engineers: A Practical Guide to Business, Communication, Ethics, and Risk (Hardcover)

Management Essentials for Civil Engineers: A Practical Guide to Business, Communication, Ethics, and Risk By Cody A. Pennetti, C. Kat Grimsley, Brian Grindall Cover Image
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The Civil Engineer's Guide to Effective Project Management

The success of a project requires more than technical calculations and designs. As detailed in this book, effective management of civil engineering projects requires the ability to align project operations with the broader context of stakeholder objectives.

Management Essentials for Civil Engineers offers a comprehensive guide for civil engineers seeking to enhance their project management and business development skills, focusing on integrating technical expertise with strategic leadership and organizational insight.

Essential Concepts Included in this Book:

  • Tailored Project Management Principles designed explicitly for civil engineers to align project outcomes with defined objectives for success.
  • Leadership and Power Dynamics to understand and leverage various forms of power for leading teams towards consistently achieving objectives.
  • Risk Navigation to develop skills in anticipating, managing, and responding effectively to threats and opportunities.
  • Contract Law and Liability covering the complexities specific to civil engineering.
  • Effective Communication strategies to enhance interactions with diverse clients, design teams, and stakeholders.
  • Focus on Value Creation, shifting from technical solutions to creating significant value in projects.
  • Systems Perspective viewing projects as integral components of broader operational frameworks, including program and portfolio management

Supplementing the content of each chapter is a narrative that threads through the core topics of this book, providing tangible context to theoretical constructs. This narrative approach makes the book more engaging and helps readers to apply the concepts in practice.

Authored by three professionals with backgrounds in engineering, law, and business, this book combines insightful experiences with practical recommendations. The interdisciplinary approach underscores the book's comprehensive nature, as it provides theoretical constructs and practical recommendations that can be directly applied to real-world projects.

A resource designed for both emerging leaders and seasoned professionals, this textbook offers a tailored approach to project management and leadership for civil engineers. It provides the tools to navigate projects toward success, ensuring sustainability and alignment with broader objectives.

About the Author


Cody A. Pennetti, Ph.D., holds both a Professional Engineer (PE) license and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. With a distinguished career in civil engineering, he works at a prominent private engineering firm where he has managed a diverse array of civil engineering projects. His portfolio includes award-winning engineering services for public and private sectors, encompassing commercial, residential, recreational, educational, utility, and transportation projects. Dr. Pennetti, who has earned civil and systems engineering degrees, utilizes a holistic management approach for civil engineering projects. A systems engineering framework underpins his strategy, focusing on seamlessly integrating diverse project components to achieve project objectives effectively. In addition to his professional achievements, he is a lecturer at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, where he teaches civil engineering and project management courses. C. Kat Grimsley, PhD, is a commercial real estate expert with over 20 years of industry and academic experience. Prior to earning her doctorate in land economics at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Grimsley built private sector expertise leading multidisciplinary project teams for both domestic and international commercial real estate portfolios. As a professor, she supports the commercial real estate industry through specialized research, consulting, and expert testimony. Dr. Grimsley is an advisory peer to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, and vice-chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's Real Estate Markets Advisory Group. She has published a range of books and articles on commercial real estate and development topics, for which she has won both industry and academic awards. Brian M. Grindall is a lawyer with extensive experience in real estate development with a Juris Doctor degree from New England Law and a Master's degree of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University. He has represented clients in all facets of commercial real estate, including joint ventures, acquisition and sales contracts for improved and unimproved properties, construction and development activities, and borrower and lender representation. His practice has included a wide range of assets ranging from home building, retail, residential, condominium, data center, office, industrial, mixed-use, and hotel properties and venues. He teaches commercial real estate law and risk assessment at Georgetown University and George Mason University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781119851608
ISBN-10: 1119851602
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: September 11th, 2024
Pages: 448
Language: English