The original purpose of this book, in 1965, was to present and discuss the critical path method (CPM) and its use in the construction industry. At that time CPM was a young but proven technique--usually considered to be optional. When the second edition was published in 1971, the network approach to scheduling was becoming a regular requirement in construction contracts. The third edition, published after 25 years of experience in the application of CPM, described highlights of that experience and its significance to the practical use of CPM. The book first describes the development of CPM and its practical use in the construction industry. The basic technique is described in sufficient depth for the reader to apply it to practical construction situations. The John Doe case study is used throughout the book to describe basic CPM network techniques and then to illustrate such special functions as updating, cost control, resource planning, and delay evaluation. Optimum methods of specifying the use of CPM are described in sufficient detail to be incorporated directly into construction specifications. Since the second edition, CPM has become widely utilized as an analytical tool in the evaluation, negotiation, resolution, and/or litigation of construction claims. This aspect is thoroughly explored in the current edition. Legal precedents for the use of CPM during litigation are provided. The text is organized in the following chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Fundamentals of CPM; (3) Network Construction; (4) Example Project; (5) Event Time Computations; (6) Activity Time Computation; (7) Procurement; (8) Preconstruction; (9) The CPM Schedule; (10) Preparation of CPM Network; (11) CPM by Computer; (12) Monitoring Project Progress; (13) CPM and Cost Control; (14) Updating of the John Doe Project; (15) Cost Updating of the John Doe Project; (16) Equipment and Work Force Planning; (17) Precedence Networks; (18) Computer Programs and Systems; (19) Application and Advantages of CPM; (20) Specifying CPM; (21) CPM Costs; (22) Case Histories; and (23) CPM in Claims and Litigation. A Glossary of Terms, List of Symbols, and an Index are provided.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • O'Brien, J J
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 521 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00668915
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0070479216
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1994 12:00AM