Our Publications

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of providing project and construction management support during today’s constantly changing times. We stay abreast of the latest thinking by working with many diverse clients, as well as attending many industry events. At all of these venues, WE LISTEN AND WE LEARN!

Our associates have published books, papers and articles based on these learnings. Many of these publications have made their way into industry forums. Others have been used as the basis of professional development workshops.

Construction Management

Click image for larger view

OConstruction Managementne book of note is by Peter Hessler, the president of Construction Business Associates.

His book fills a niche that has long been empty in the world of power plant construction. It is a collection of all the important steps, thoughts and processes needed when embarking on any major construction project today, whether a new build or a re-build. It does not tell you how to size a crane for a particular lift, instead it urges you to ask the question: Is a crane even the most cost effective way to make this lift?



Click image for larger view

FinalFrontCoverSMAnd now there’s the second edition. It is much more than just a repeat of the first edition. It is upgraded as well as updated. The reader will find a much-expanded explanation of how to decide if a construction project should even be pursued and if so, how to increase the chance of project success through proper budgeting, estimating and contracting. Additionally, there is a complete chapter devoted to using today’s new information-age technology to stay on top of it all.

As Wayne Kasbey of Ganotec said: “…very well written and keeps you wanting to read on. I lucked out when I purchased this book!”

Watch an interview of the author describing how this book came about at: https://youtu.be/Ju0qi7EO_jY .

Also, see the ASME December 2016 edition of Mechanical Engineering (ME) magazine’s description on page 40 – “Expanding upon the first edition, Hessler provides a thorough plan for managing the financials of building a power or chemical plant and covers the entire process from preplanning to contingency planning to the business of on-site construction management.”

For more information about these publications, and for information on ordering copies, just click on the edition of the book you want (or both). You will be redirected.

Some of the additional publications that can be obtained by contacting us are:

  • Construction Management for Today’s Power Plant Outage: Or, How to Keep Those Shut-Downs on Budget
    A paper reviewing the financial control skills required to ensure the success of an outage.
  • Power Plant Project Management: Some of the DOs and DON’Ts
    A paper describing the right and wrong ways to manage each of the five project management phases of a power plant project.
  • Outage Readiness Assessment – A Guide for Successful Outages
    A paper comparing various approaches to reviewing the state of readiness before an outage begins.
  • Available in the February 2016 edition of CHEMICAL ENGINEERING magazine …….   a major article on managing small and medium-sized capital projects while still keeping the existing plant/s running at full capacity. In other words, how to do two jobs at the same time. You can find it at: http://www.chemengonline.com/managing-small-medium-sized-capital-projects/. 
  • Also, two just-released articles about how a plant engineer can also be a good project manager, published by IHS-Engineering360. You can access the first one at: http://insights.globalspec.com/article/2496/good-engineer-or-good-project-manager-you-can-be-both, and you can access the second one at: http://insights.globalspec.com/article/2592/good-engineer-or-good-project-manager-cost-considerations.
  • And finally, the latest IHS-Engineering360 published article, The Need For Project Quality Management tells a real-life story where inadequate attention to quality control led to serious cost overruns. You can read it at: http://insights.globalspec.com/article/2758/the-need-for-project-quality-management. Enjoy!


And there are more. Just contact us.

Print This Page Print This Page

40% to 50% of All Major
Construction Projects
Run Longer Than Planned
and Incur Significant
Cost Overruns
(per CMAA)


For a Project to Be
a Success, You Must
Plan the Work

And Then
Work the plan

To Result in This
Dave Gates Generating Station
NorthWestern Energy
Mill Creek, Montana
Courtesy of Shaw Engineering Group

We Can Work With You
To Make This Happen