Computer Scheduling and Construction Specs

by George Navarrete, Chf. of Project Control; Metro-Dade Transit Agency, 111 NW First Street, Miami, FL 33128,
Irtishad Ahmad, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Construction Management, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 7, Pg. 50-52

Document Type: Feature article


As recently as the early 1980s, employing computers in critical path method (CPM) scheduling was a formidable decision demanding considerable commitment of time and resources by management. The available mainframe-based systems were inconvenient, expensive and largely ineffective. But rapid advances in technology and software have changed this situation dramatically. The article compares two rapid transit projects built a decade apart in Miami, Fla.—Metrorail, completed in 1985, and the Metromover Extension, scheduled for service in 1994—to show how microcomputers can now be used for scheduling with a minimum of training and at an affordable price and the effect this is having on the nature of construction specifications, which are moving to accommodate the advanced features micros have made available.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Scheduling | Construction management

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