Construction methods and equipment management

By Prof. Indu Siva Ranjani Gandhi   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2956
The key element for successful execution of any project is planning, which also includes planning of equipment. Due to recent advancement in mechanization, different models of machines are available in the market for a particular job. Hence the task of selection of right machine for the right job is quite challenging for project planner. Therefore, understanding of machine capabilities is very important for optimal selection and utilization of equipment. This course provides comprehensive information on guidelines for selection of equipment, estimation of cost and productivity of various equipment and determination of optimum replacement time of equipment. Knowledge on estimation of cost of equipment is very important, as accurate information on equipment cost is needed for preparation of bids. Further, a deep insight into excavation, pile driving methods, cranes and concreting equipment is provided, the information on which is very much essential for people working in construction industry

Post graduate students of Construction Technology and Management Specialization, Undergraduate students of Civil Engineering, People working in Construction Industries.
PREREQUISITES : Engineering would be minimum qualification to understand the basics related to this course.
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Larsen and Toubro, Caterpillar, Liebherr, Hyundai Construction Equipment India and other Construction Equipment Companies.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Mar 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Module 1: Introduction to course and Planning Process of Equipment 
Lecture 1:  Planning process of equipment
– Factors affecting equipment selection, Planning equipment utilization, Equipment utilization chart.
              Module 2: Cost of Owning and Operating Construction Equipment
Lecture 2: Estimation of Ownership cost (Average Annual Investment method)
– Elements of ownership cost, Depreciation accounting methods, Cost Estimation using Average Annual Investment method.
Week 2: Module 2: Cost of Owning and Operating Construction Equipment
Lecture 3: Estimation of Ownership cost (Time value method)
– Use of compounding factors in Equipment cost estimation based on time value method.
Lecture 4: Operating cost of Equipment
– Operating cost components, Illustrations on estimation of operating cost.
Lecture 5: Equipment cost estimation
– Caterpillar & Peurifoy method – Illustrations on use of Caterpillar method and Peurifoy method for estimation of total equipment cost.
Week 3: Module 3: Equipment Life and Replacement Analysis
Lecture 6: Equipment Life and Replacement Analysis (Part 1)
– Physical life, Profit life, Economic life, Illustrations on determination of economic life of equipment.
Lecture 7: Equipment Life and Replacement Analysis (Part 2)
– Equipment Replacement analysis- Intuitive method, Minimum cost method, Maximum profit method.
Lecture 8: Equipment Life and Replacement Analysis (Part 3)
– Determination of economic life based on equivalent annual cost (using time value concept).
Week 4: Module 4:  Engineering Fundamentals of Moving Earth
Lecture 9: Engineering Fundamentals of Moving Earth
– Machine Performance-Required power, Available power, Usable power, Rolling resistance, tractive force, co-efficient of traction, Effect of grade on tractive effort, Effect of altitude on performance of IC engines, Performance chart, ways to define payload of equipment.

      Module 5: Earthmoving and Excavating equipment 
Lecture 10: Bull Dozers
– Bull Dozers-Types of dozer blades, blade adjustments, Blade performance, production estimation.
Lecture 11: Scrapers (Part 1)
– Scrapers, Scraper operation, types of scraper, Components of production cycle of scraper and pusher.
Lecture 12: Scrapers (Part 2)
– Illustrations on production estimation of scraper and balancing interdependent machines. 
Week 5: Module 5: Earthmoving and Excavating equipment  
Lecture 13: Front End loaders
– Front-End loaders –loader attachments, productivity estimation.
Lecture 14: Excavators
– Excavators-Front shovels and backhoes, operation, factors affecting selection, production estimation.
Lecture 15: Trucks
– Production cycle, cycle time estimation, Productivity of trucks, balancing interdependent machines.
Week 6: Module 6: Piles and Pile driving equipment
Lecture 16:  Piles and Pile driving equipment (Part 1)
– Pile types:  Precast and cast in situ piles, pile hammers, principle of pile hammer, factors affecting pile hammer selection.
Lecture 17:  Piles and Pile driving equipment (Part 2)
– Types of pile hammer: Drop hammer, Single acting and double acting steam hammers, Diesel hammers, Vibratory pile drivers.

Week 7: Module 7: Lifting equipment 
Lecture 18: Cranes (Part 1)
– Cranes, Crane motions, Principles of lifting mechanism of crane, types of cranes-lattice boom crawler crane, lattice boom truck mounted cranes, telescopic boom crane.
Lecture 19: Cranes (Part 2)
– Types of cranes-Tower cranes, Factors affecting lifting capacity of crane, Range diagram.
Week 8: Module 8: Concreting equipment 
Lecture 20: Concreting equipment (Part 1)
– Steps in concrete making process, types of concrete mixer machines.
Lecture 21: Concreting equipment (Part 2) & Conclusion
– Methods of handling and transporting concrete, Consolidation of concrete, Methods of finishing and curing of concrete.

Books and references

1. Peurifoy, R., Schexnayder, C., Shapira, A., & Schmitt, R. (2011). “Construction Planning, Equipment, and Methods” (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill.
2. Gransberg, D. D., Popescu, C. M., & Ryan, R. C. (2006). “Construction equipment management for engineers, estimators, and owners” (2nd ed.). CRC Press.
1. Day, D. A., & Benjamin, N. B. H. (1991). “Construction equipment guide” (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons.
2. Harris, F. (1994). “Modern construction and ground engineering equipment and methods” (2nd ed.). Pearson Longman.
3. Nunnally, S. W. (2011). “Construction methods and management” (8th ed.). Prentice Hall.

Instructor bio

Prof. Indu Siva Ranjani Gandhi

IIT Guwahati
Dr. G. Indu Siva Ranjani holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering (Building Technology and Construction Management) from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. She is recipient of Gold medal and Shree Gayathri Devi Award for securing highest CGPA in the Ph.D. Civil Engineering programme in July 2011 at IIT Madras. Presently she is working as Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of technology Guwahati, India. She has handled courses at IIT Guwahati related to both Construction Management and Construction materials. Some of the management related courses handled by her, to be mentioned are Construction methods and Equipment management, Quality and Safety management and Construction Technology and Management. Similarly, in materials domain, she has handled courses on Construction materials and Advanced Concrete Technology. Her major research interests are Lightweight concrete, sustainable construction materials and energy efficient structures. She has also proposed new materials for the production of foamed concrete. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals and cited more than 500 times in leading scientific journals throughout the world. She has so far guided 15 MTech, & one PhD project.


Chandrashekhar D. Wagh
PhD Research scholar, IIT Guwahati

Uday Boddepalli
PhD Research scholar, IIT Guwahati

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
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Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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