Computer Scheduling: On-Line and On-Time

by Donald H. Boltz, Cost and Schedule Mgr.; LADWP, Rm 931, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012,
John Molinski, Proj. Cost Systems Engr.; BCI, Rt. 1, Box 824, Delta, Utah 84624,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 6, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


The Intermountain Power Plant, a coal fired, 761 MW coal fired electrica generating facility, has been completed months ahead of schedule and substantially under budget. Project managers attribute this success, in large part, to a powerful scheduling and cost processing system. The system, Project/2, allowed management to track the status of more than 17,000 work activities, 63 construction contractors and 174 major material contractors. Contractors were paid based upon actual progress as tracked by the schedule, providing them with the incentive to keep the schedule up-to-date and accurate. The system allowed the project to be tracked by area as well as system making for efficient management. It also forced management and contractors to define their responsibilities clearly.

Subject Headings: Scheduling | Contractors and subcontractors | Computing in civil engineering | Electric power | Power plants | Coal | Systems management | Construction materials

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