PRINCIPLES OF PROJECT SCHEDULING AND MONITORING

THE PRECONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND COMPLEXITY OF NEW HIGHWAY PROJECTS IS CONTINUOUSLY INCREASING. DUAL HEARINGS, CONSIDERATION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY NEEDS, PROTECTION OF AESTHETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES, COORDINATION WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND PRIVATE GROUPS, AND AN ENDLESS NUMBER OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE LETTING OF A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT HAVE CREATED A VAST MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING NIGHTMARE FOR HIGHWAY OFFICIALS. THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM PLANNING REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPOUNDED BY THE DECREASING "SHELF LIFE" OF SCHEDULES BASED ON THE EXISTING STATE OF HIGHWAY TECHNOLOGY. CAREFUL SEQUENCING OF ALL ACTIVITIES AND PROVISION OF THE MANPOWER AND EQUIPMENT ENTAILED IN THOSE ACTIVITIES ARE ESSENTIAL IF THE HIGHWAY PROGRAM IS TO BE SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED WITHIN AN ACCEPTABLE AND PREDICTABLE TIME FRAME. THE BASIC TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND KNOWLEDGE ARE READILY AVAILABLE FOR GOOD AND HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED PROJECT SCHEDULING. STRONG MANAGEMENT SUPPORT IN THE AGENCIES THAT DO NOT ALREADY USE SUCH KNOWN TECHNIQUES WILL USUALLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE PRESENT REPORT DISCUSSES FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE SCHEDULING AND MONITORING PROCEDURES; ELEMENTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECT SCHEDULES; MONITORING, ANALYSIS, AND MANAGEMENT ACTIONS; AND THE DESIGN OF A SCHEDULING AND MONITORING SYSTEM. PROGRAMMING AND BUDGET CONTROLS ARE INTENTIONALLY OMITTED. A TABLE LISTS ALL KNOWN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN THE UNITED STATES RELATED TO THE SUBJECT. EXAMPLES OF COMPUTERIZED HIGHWAY SCHEDULING AND MONITORING SYSTEMS ARE DRAWN FROM THE STATES OF OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA, WASHINGTON, AND WISCONSIN.

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  • Created Date: Sep 13 1971 12:00AM