Smart Exception Reporting

by C. William Ibbs, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,
Samer Abu-Hijleh, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century

Abstract: Project control systems that contain a degree of 'intelligence' are possible with today's technologies. At the same time project controls engineers are more computer-literate today then ever before, meaning that they are more receptive to sophisticated computing systems. These 2 strategic trends have led us to develop a project control system that utilizes the software technology of object-oriented programming to allow for more flexible exception reporting and variance analysis. Specifically, a system user can modify exception thresholds, generate a number of different reports to individually sort production and cost performance, combine reports to study intersection effects and conduct some variance analysis to determine causal relationships. These analyses can be conducted from different time perspectives (this period, cumulative to-date, and forecast remaining), and with integration of cost and time packages.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Project management | Professional societies | Computer software | System analysis

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