PRECONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT IN WASHINGTON: MANPOWER MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (ABRIDGMENT)

The Washington Department of Transportation has been involved in preconstruction staffing managmeent in a formal sense since 1972; FY 1978, however, was the first fully operational year for the manpower management information system. Staffing standards, which are based on identified, quantifiable objects for data input, have worked out well. Project schedules have been found to be reasonably accurate, due in part to previous experience in the use of a critical-path method for scheduling engineering activities. Labor reporting has remained constant since 1973 with no major changes in the activities, titles or coding numbers. Operational problems of the system have resulted from the programming, budgeting, and authorization processes of the department, where a close match does not exist between financial management systems and staffing management. Because there was no common data base several coordination systems were developed to tie the financial and staffing systems together. Matching financial and staffing planning to expenditure systems has caused cross-referencing problems and some dilution of historical data. Data-processing differences between the financial and the staffing-resources management systems have delayed preparation of reports involving both. Monitoring and control of project progress and resources utilization has not been stressed greatly because of an initial lack of credibility in the system for resource estimating and project scheduling. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 34-36
  • Monograph Title: Program planning, finance and preconstruction management
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309030501
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM