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Construction extension to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK7)


Construction extension to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK7)


The main objective of this article is to provide a bird’s view of the Construction extension of the Project Management Body Of Knowledge which comprises of more than two hundred pages.

About the Construction extension of PMBOK

The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK) by PMI, USA comprises of the globally accepted project management best practices applicable to most of the projects, most of the time. The Construction Extension to the Project Management Body of Knowledge provides project management best practices specific to construction projects. Whenever a new version of the PMBOK is released, the construction extension also gets revised. As you might already know, the new PMBOK is principle based and covers predictive, agile and hybrid project management. Construction extension (latest) is fully aligned to these approaches and at the same time have additional knowledge areas relevant for construction projects. The latest construction extension of PMBOK have;

  • All project resources than just human resources
  • Project health, safety, security and environmental aspects
  • Project financial management in addition to cost management
  • Management of claims in construction

Comparison of Knowledge areas of PMBOK and the Construction Extension

The following table provides a comparison of knowledge areas between the generic PMBOK and the construction extension of PMBOK;

PMBOK (General) PMBOK (Construction)
Integration Management Integration Management
Scope Management Scope Management
Schedule Management Schedule Management
Cost Management Cost Management
Quality Management Quality Management
Resource Management Resource Management
Communications management Communications Management
Risk ManagementRisk Management
Procurement ManagementProcurement Management
Stakeholder Management Stakeholder Management
Project Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) Management
Project financial management

Though there is one to one mapping across most of the knowledge areas except HSSE and Project financial management, the similarity ends there. In the construction extension of PMBOK, the content within each knowledge area is more specific to construction projects.

Tabular representation of the contents of Construction extension to PMBOK

The table below provides more information on the contents of the construction extension of PMBOK arranged knowledge area wise and process group wise;

Knowledge Area Initiation Planning Execution Monitoring & Controlling Closing
Integration Management
Project Charter (Owner)
Contract (Contractor)
Project stakeholders
Enterprise environmental factor considerations
Project service provider engagement
Value engineering
Intermittent contract closures and commissioning
Project strategy
Work performance and inspection
Value engineering
Construction administration
Initiate and manage partnering
Change order management
Project management information system (PMIS)
Building information modeling (BIM)
Integrated change control
Formal closure of each phase of the project
Closeout documentation
Project walk through
Project punch list
Beneficial occupancy and substantial completion
Close contracts
Final project report and lessons learned

Scope Management
Define scope
Create WBS
Scope validation and verification
Scope creep and change management

Schedule Management Define activities
Detailed WBS
Define activity attributes
Progress measurement plan and criteria
Sequence activities
Estimate activity resources
Estimate activity durations
Activity weightage definition
Develop schedule
Vendor or subcontractor schedule analysis
Constraint analysis
Schedule baseline
Schedule dictionary
Schedule risk analysis

Progress curve updates
Schedule impacts
Progress and performance reviews
Project cost management Analogous estimation
Parametric estimation
Bottom up estimation
Three point estimation
Bill of quantities
Allowances, contingencies and management reserves
Escalation, inflation and currency exchange
Determine budget
Actual cost
Earned value management
Progress and performance reviews
Forecasting of estimate at completion
Project quality management Contract requirements
Project stakeholder requirements
Quality policy
Quality assurance measurements
Quality checklist
Project requirements review
Quality management plan
Quality audits
Quality management reviews
Field deficiency reports (FDR)
Non conformance reports (NCR)
Contract violation notices (CVN)
Observation reports (OR)
Project resource management Human resource requirements
Machinery requirements
Tools requirements
Permanent equipment requirements
Bulk material requirements
Consumption material requirements
Consumption resource requirements
Temporary facilities requirements
Stocking quantities management
Expiration dates management
Hazardous material management
Materials requiring special storage conditions
Machinery maintenance
Permanent equipment preservation
Team building
Interpersonal skills
Monitoring productivity and consumption rates
Productivity control
Inventory management
Turnover rate
Releasing resources
Project communications management Communication management plan
Project documentation assessment
Communication workflows for change orders, rfi, instructions and variation requests
Daily report
Information and communication technology
Project management information system (PMIS)
Managing conflict
Managing meetings
Project documentation and information distribution
Performance and progress reports
Contractor performance evaluation (CPE)
Project risk management Develop project risk management plan
Identify risks
Qualitative risk analysis
Quantitative risk analysis
Plan risk responses
Insurance in construction projects
Risk register review
Re-assessment of risks
Updation of project risk information
Monitoring and controlling of the effectiveness of risk response actions and control measures
Project procurement managementMake or buy analysis
Project delivery methods identification
Deciding the contract types
Contract risk allocation
Procurement solicitation
Contract statement of work
Pre-qualification of service providers
Bidder conferences
Evaluation and selection of sellers
Contract management
Contract administration
Work performance reporting
Approved change request status
Buyer conducted performance review
Inspection and audits
Progress payment system
Claims administration
Records management system
Project and contract documentation
Project management plan updates
Project contract closure
Punch list
Administrative close out
Project stakeholder management Identify both direct and indirect stakeholders Develop stakeholder management plan Engage with stakeholders
Trust building exercises
Stakeholder communication
Stakeholder engagement assessment matrix
Monitor and control communication with stakeholders
Monitor and control updations to stakeholder register
Project HSSE management Project safety and environmental requirements review
HSSE management planning
Safety and environmental zoning & signage
Safety and environmental training and induction requirement
Traffic management plan
Emergency response plan
Permit to work management plan
Waste management plan
Safety and environmental programs
Project HSSE assurance
Safety and environmental audits
Safety and environmental hazard risk analysis
Safety and environmental assurance measurements
Lost time in injury (LTI)
Total recordable injury (TRI)
Worked hours
Near misses (NM)
Unsafe acts and conditions (UA/UC)
Serious incidents frequency (SIF)
Accident investigation
Defect repair review
Project financial management Sources of funds
Cash flow planning
Project accounting system
Project financial audits (internal / external)
Cash flow analysis
Financial reports
Ex-post evaluations
Claims management Project partnering
Dispute resolution board (DRB)
Independent neutral
Intervention partnering
Joint recognition of changes and documentation
Claims identification and initial justification
Claims quantification
Claims resolution
Contract law interpretation
Bid protests
Alternate dispute resolution (ADR)
Ethics in construction


Though most of the knowledge areas of PMBOK and the Construction extension of PMBOK matches, the latter has additional knowledge areas HSSE, Project finance management knowledge areas. Apart from these two additional knowledge areas, there is a detailed section on Claims management. As we delve deep into the topics covered within knowledge areas, it is more specific to construction projects.


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