USE OF CRITICAL PATH METHOD ON ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

THIS REPORT CONTAINS A NUMBER OF CASE STUDIES OF THE USE OF THE CRITICAL PATH METHOD (CPM) FOR PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS OF CPM AND ITS PRACTICAL APPLICATION, AS A BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY OF ITS USE ON SUCH PROJECTS. THE STUDIES SHOWED THAT THE GENERAL TREND AMONG THOSE USING CPM IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION SCHEMES WAS AWAY FROM THE USE OF LARGE DETAILED NETWORK DIAGRAMS NECESSITATING COMPUTERS AND TOWARDS SMALL BROADLY BASED DIAGRAMS COMPUTED MANUALLY. SEPARATE DIAGRAMS WERE, HOWEVER, USED EXTENSIVELY TO SHOW IN DETAIL PORTIONS OF PROJECTS, SUCH AS BRIDGES, WHICH REQUIRED MORE DETAILED PLANNING. SOME USE WAS BEING MADE OF CPM FOR PROGRAMMING THE PLANNING AND DESIGN STAGES OF PROJECTS AS WELL AS FOR THEIR EXECUTION. CPM WAS FOUND TO BE A VALUABLE AID TO THE PROGRAMMING OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PROVIDED ITS SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS WERE REALIZED. THE REPORT ALSO DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FUTURE TRENDS IN THE USE OF CPM. IT SUGGESTS THAT, WITH GREATER EXPERIENCE OF CPM NETWORKS, PLANNERS MAY RECOGNIZE THE PARTICULAR ADVANTAGES OFFERED BY COMPUTERS AND REVERT TO THEIR USE. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 1, 23 pp
  • Authors:
    • Wingate, PFJ
  • Publication Date: 1966

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  • Accession Number: 00214762
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1994 12:00AM