Project Management: Now On-Line

by Teresa Austin, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 6, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


Only 20 years ago, computerized project management was available only to large firms with mainframe computers. Even four or five years back, well into the personal-computer revolution, few pc packages were sophisticated enough to handle the more complicated projects. Now, however, project management software organizes complex projects and entire government agencies. In New York City's Route 9A Reconstruction Project, pc-based software coordinates schedules and reports for the New York State Department of Transportation and the project's main contractor, Vollmer Associates. Currently Vollmer is compiling the project's environmental impact statement. This phase requires the monitoring of 800 activities and 28 sub-consultants. NYSDOT uses the program to play out `what if' scenarios, and, in some cases, to work in close relationships with sub-consultants. The City of Philadelphia is using pc-based software to track its six-year $695 million capital improvement program. It is made up of 48 separate projects with 33 federal and state time-constrained grants. The 17 year-old Central Arizona Project began using project management software three years ago as contracts and schedules became more complex. Pinellas County, Florida is using the software for its new $900 million, 10-year, capital-improvement program. Many state DOTs are placing all projects on-line, and are starting to require contractors to do likewise.

Subject Headings: Project management | Computer software | Computers | Scheduling | Contractors and subcontractors | Routing (transportation) | Environmental issues | Urban areas | United States | New York | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | Arizona | Florida

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