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1st Edition

Computerized Project Control

ISBN 9780824778675
Published October 21, 1988 by CRC Press
240 Pages

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Highlights advantages, disadvantages, and future trends of computerization to project control activity. Stresses identification of when computerization is needed and explores how to convert. Covers fundamentals of project control theory, software technology, and labor and cost analysis. Includes glo

Table of Contents

Preface -- Basic Issues of Project Control Computerization -- I. Introduction -- II. Considerations of Engineering Organization -- A. The Engineering Organization -- B. The Organization Breakdown Structure -- C. The Work Breakdown Structure -- D. The Project Control Coding System -- III. Considerations of the Computerization Approach -- A. Computer Versus Manual -- B. In-house Development or Off-the-shelf -- Software? -- References -- 2 The Project Control Computerized System -- I. Introduction -- A. General Considerations -- B . Software Assumptions -- II. The Planning and Scheduling Subsystem -- A. Critical Path Method -- B. Advanced Network Analysis Models -- C. Project Schedule Generation -- D. Physical Progress Calculation -- E. Spent Manhours Accumulation -- F. Performance Analysis -- G. Backlog Statistical Forecasting -- IiI. The Cost-estimating and Control Subsystem -- A. Cost Estimating -- B. Cost Report Generation -- C. Contract Changes -- D. Profit and Reserves Forecasting -- IV. The Construction Subsystem -- V. Project Control: Statistical Database -- VI. Integration Within the System -- VII. Integration with Other Packages -- A. Introduction -- B. Accounting -- C. Computer-aided Design -- D. Procurement -- E. The Common Database Approach -- VIII. Design Perspectives -- Appendix 1. Vendors -- Appendix 2. CPM Fields -- Appendix 3. Network Plotting -- Appendix 4. The Historical Database -- References -- 3 The Software Tools -- I. Introduction -- II. Identification of the Software Tools -- A. CPM and Risk Analysis Software -- B. Progress and Productivity Evaluation: Work Load and Forecasting Software -- C. Cost Control and Reporting Software -- D. Profitability and Cash Flow Software -- E. Historical Data Collection and -- Statistical Analysis Software -- F. Conclusions -- III. Software Tools: Detailed Features -- A. Database File Definition and Linking -- B. Database File Inquiry and Modification -- C. The Command Language -- D. Report Writing -- E. Standard Reports -- F. Spreadsheet -- IV. Marketed Software Comparison -- V. Project Control and Expert Systems -- Appendix 1. Graphics -- Appendix 2. Spreadsheet -- References -- 4 Selection of Hardware for Large Companies -- I. Trends in Hardware and Software -- II. Hardware Configuration -- References -- 5 Organization and Economics of In-house Development -- I. Introduction -- II. System Design and Implementation Organization -- A. Design Team Organization -- B. Design Team Personnel Assignment -- III. System Cost Estimating -- A. Design and Implementation Costs -- B. Operating Costs -- IV. System Design and Implementation Time Scheduling -- A. Design and Implementation Duration -- B. Influence of the Project Approach -- V. System Design Project Control -- VI. Cost-Benefit Analysis -- VII. Appendix: Software Development by a Specialized Software House -- References -- 6 The Impact of Computerization on Project Control -- I. Computing and Project Control Output Quality -- II. Computing and Project Control Output Quantity -- III. Computing and Project Control Productivity and Effectiveness -- References -- 7 Market Survey -- I. Introduction -- II. Project Control Software Comparison -- A. General Market Considerations -- B. Artemis -- C. Application System -- D. G /C CUE -- E. VIS10N -- F. PROJECT /2 -- G. PLANTRAC -- H. Primavera Project Planner -- I . Superproject -- J . PERTmaster -- K. Harvard Project Manager -- L. PMS-II -- M. Qwiknet -- N. Plan /Trax -- O. MicroGANTT -- P. MicroPERT -- Q. Project -- R. TIMELINE -- s. VisiSchedule -- T. Milestone -- u. Pro-ject 6 -- III. Spreadsheet Comparison -- A . General Considerations -- B. Lotus 1-2-3 -- C. Symphony -- D. Framework -- E. Supercalc 3 -- F. Multiplan -- G. Excel -- IV. Word Processor Comparison -- A. Introduction -- B. Word (for IBM PC and Compatibles) -- c. Word (for Apple Macintosh) -- D. WordStar -- E. WordStar 2000 -- F. MacWrite -- Bibliography -- Glossaries -- I. Software and Hardware Terms -- II. Project Control Terms -- Index.

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Fulvio Drigani is Project Controller of the Solar Terrestrial Space Program at the European Space Research and Technology Center (E.S.T.E.C.) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Prior to that he worked at Foster Wheeler Italiana in Milan, Italy, where he was responsible for project control system development and organization. Mr. Drigani has published numerous articles on cost engineering and its computer applications as well as lectured on project management and cost engineering. A member of the Italian Association of Cost Engineers, Mr. Drigani is a graduate of the Institute of Quantitative Methods, Universiti Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, in Milan, Italy, where he studied economics.