Project Evaluation and Review Techinque/Critical Path Method Network Scheduling Technique in a Building Construction Project
Uka, A. A
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In this study research, we have examined the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, PERT and the Critical Path Method PM/Critical Path Analysis. CPA as Project Management tools, among others, and applied them to studythe Electrical and Mechanical services contract of the School of Health Technology Building Project, FUTO, using Network Planning and Scheduling approach. We reviewed relevant past literature to ascertain the views of professionals in project management, and accordingly developed the complete Work Breakdown Structure, WBS, of the project into its minutest various activities with corresponding duration times and resources loading to arrive at the resulting Network Schedule. We carried out the analysis to determine the critical and other paths, earliest and latest start and finish times, floats resource/man power loading and smoothing and other critical indices. We showed that the potential problem of -he contractor, and in reality contractors, not using PERT/CPM Network technique led or would lead to project slip and timeand cost overruns, all other things being equal. Finally, we re-examined and appraised the Bar/Gantt chart and PERT'CPM project planning techniques and recommended, in addition, efficient resource allocation/scheduling method, use of experienced personnel and theapplication/use of personal computers with suitable programme packages to reduce the tedium of iterations.