Networking Methods for Project Planning and Control

by Antoine E. Naaman, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Struct. Design; Dept. of Materials Engrg., Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 3, Pg. 357-372

Document Type: Journal Paper


A synthesis of current ideas, research trends, and findings is made on some of the better known and other newly developed networking techniques for project management. Using Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) as a basis of comparison methods such as Decision Critical Path Method (DCPM), linear flow graphs, and Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique (GERT) are introduced and examined in the light of their application to construction projects. Salient similarities and differences among these methods as well as the capabilities and limitations of each are pointed out. Sufficient information on the mathematical algorithms used in the newer techniques previously mentioned and the necessary steps to use them are provided. Finally, examples of application to civil engineering problems illustrating the use of each method are presented.

Subject Headings: Critical path method | Construction methods | Project management | Linear flow | Comparative studies | Critical flow | Flow visualization | Graphic methods

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