Critical Path Scheduling: An Overview

by Steven S. Pinnell, (M.ASCE), Principal; Pinnell Engrg., Portland, Ore.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 7, Pg. 66-70

Document Type: Feature article


CPM and PERT project-management scheduling are seldom used or understood in spite of over 20 years availability. In fact, many are strongly opposed to it, having had reams of computer printout and unreasonably detailed, poorly planned CPM schedules forced upon them. The most important way to increase use of CMP is for everyone to understand it, and to use more judgment when applying it. Whether one uses i-j node or precedence computer computing; non time-scale or time-scale arrow diagramming; precedence diagramming or other methods isn't as important as properly understanding and using the method selected. The profession must first learn and apply the basics before attempting sophisticated, computer technology.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Critical path method | Scheduling | Project management

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