Operations Management I

Base Knowledge

Mathematics: calculation of areas and volumes; Design: interpretation of blueprints from projects. Informatics: use of spreadsheets and drawing software.

Teaching Methodologies

The teaching methodology includes 4 different phases of teaching. It starts by contextualizing the students on the recent evolution verified on the subject and follows with the theoretical presentation and explanation of the actual rules and procedures using the expository and inquisitive method. The 3rd phase evolves consulting solved exercises, listening to reports of real life situations and applying the knowledge by solving exercises. Finally, students will develop practical group assignments of scientific and technical interpretation and research. In the Tutorials students will be supervised, through the clarification of doubts, exercises resolution and guidance of the practical assignment. Evaluation: composed of 2 equal parts in value. The 1st part is a continuous one and intends to evaluate the work done by the students though out the semester. The 2nd one consists of an exam. The final classification is the addiction of both components, observing 30% minimums.

This academic year, we intend to introduce the methodology of Project Based Learning (PBL) in a group of subjects of the disciplinary group of Constructions. Students are intended to develop practical works within the scope of the project of a single-family house and will include several subjects, namely, Design and Construction Systems, Civil Constructions and Operations Management.

The aim is that students will start by working in the design phase of the building, developing constructive solutions and detailing them according to the rules of the art of building well and verifying compliance with the legislation in force, elaborating projects of specialties, namely, energy performance, acoustic behaviour and building water supply and drainage networks. They will then prepare the bill of quantities required to carry out the project, calculate a cost estimate, prepare the planning of all quantified and budgeted works, and finally simulate the construction through the preparation of monthly bills.

As mentioned, the guiding thread of this whole process will be the fact that it is the same building, and therefore, the same project, which will allow students to apply concretely and consistently the knowledge transmitted in a real situation throughout their degree.

Learning Results

Objectives: Focus on the most important subjects for construction companies professionals: preparing a construction bid, including measuring and cost estimating for both public and particular construction works. The students will also be able to calculate price reviews and know the rules a company should observe to integrate and keep working on the construction activity.
Generic skills: understanding and solving the problems, resolution methodology selection and consequent application. Evaluate the results obtained, look for alternative solutions and communicate the results according to specific predefined criteria.
Specific skills: learn how to measure and estimate the cost for the construction of a project and how to calculate price reviews. Develop the skills needed to prepare a bid and know the requisites a company should obey to act as a builder in Portugal.


INTRODUCTION MEASUREMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION Calculate all the work quantities necessary to build a construction project. COST ESTIMATING Estimate the cost of all materials, human resources and equipments needed to build a construction project. Starting by calculating the unitary costs and end elaborating the final budget to deliver to the client. THE PUBLIC CONTRACTS LAW Requisites to observe when presenting a bid for a public construction contest. BUILDING PERMIT Understanding the requisites to integrate the construction activity and keep working there. PRICES REVIEW Calculate the price reviews obligatory by law.

Curricular Unit Teachers




• “Curso sobre Regras da Medição na Construção”, M. Santos Fonseca, 2010, LNEC.
• Informação sobre Custos, Fichas de Rendimento, LNEC.
• “Organização e Gestão de Obras”, A. Correia dos Reis, 2007, Edições Técnicas ETL, Lda, Lisboa.
• “Gestão de Empreendimentos – A Componente de Gestão da Engenharia”, João Coutinho-Rodrigues, Ediliber, Coimbra
• legislation
• documents prepared by the teacher, and available at moodle.isec.pt