Building with Software

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pg. 78-80

Document Type: Feature article


Project management has become a more precise art now that computers are on the construction scene. Scotsman Mfg. Corp. computerized its manual CPM techniques for erecting modular structures, allowing update of scheduling from any of the company's 13 offices. In IA/Buckley, a joint venture constructing part of Philadelphia's Schuylkill Expressway, uses micros for scheduling and in 1985 collected a $1.38 million bonus for completing a 4.8 mile section 46 days ahead of schedule. The software helped coordinate subcontractor schedules, control the sequence of key events and provide accurate schedules to suppliers. In Oklahoma, reconstruction of a 17-acre hangar at Tinker Air Force Base took only six months instead of an estimated 21. Scheduling was controlled with an on-site and software that helped coorindate the work of 42 contractors and 1,200 workers.

Subject Headings: Scheduling | Computer software | Project management | Contractors and subcontractors | Labor | Critical path method | Modular structures | Joint ventures | Oklahoma | United States

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