Concepts of Project Planning and Control

by Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civil Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 67-80

Document Type: Journal Paper

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Both improved methods and better application of existing principles are needed in the planning and control of engineering and construction projects. Using an analogy and a model, this paper explains the basic concepts in the information feedback-control process used on well-managed projects. The objective is to provide a broad perspective against which to reference specific subsystems such as planning and scheduling, cost engineering, materials procurement and tracking, quality control, and so forth. The paper then amplifies several key components of the feedback-control mode, including means for measuring and controlling progress; methods for information processing; requirements for effective reporting; and guidelines for taking corrective action.

Subject Headings: Project management | Construction methods | Information management | Materials engineering | Scheduling | Quality control | Tracking | Procurement

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