Construction Resource Analysis Using Symphony

by Michael J. O'Connor, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, IL, USA,
L. Michael Golish, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


In 1983, the Air Force was directed to commence engineering design of a small, single warhead ICBM for potential deployent in the early 1990's. As construction agent for the Air Force, the Corps of engineers Missile Construction Office (CEMCO) was tasked to aid the Air Force Planners in evaluating the environmental impact of the construction of each of the proposed basing modes. To provide this information in a responsive manner, CEMCO asked the U. S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USA-CERL) to develop a computer based resource analysis system. The purpose of the Construction Resource Requirements System was to estimate the requirements for 26 material and 19 labor resources on a month by month basis over the 9 year construction program for every facility in each of the various basing modes. This approach gave an opportunity to compare the manual techniques of the previous MX program to a microcomputer based approach. The preliminary design nature of the missile program planning also suggested consideration of a less traditional approach to the software development. Because of the changing design constraints and the heavy calculation requirements of the system this was a unique opportunity to use an integrated spreadsheet program as the development tool. This problem provided an opportunity to extensively exercise the well known integrated spreadsheet program symphony. Study results are discussed.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Construction management | Basins | Computer analysis | Military engineering | System analysis | Aging (material) | Environmental issues

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