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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper II.6

Using Computers to Aid Integraton of Some Construction Management Tasks

M.J. Mawdesley*, W.H. Askew* and J. Taylor+

*Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham
+Tarmac Construction, Major Products Division, London

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
M.J. Mawdesley, W.H. Askew, J. Taylor, "Using Computers to Aid Integraton of Some Construction Management Tasks", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 63-68, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.2.6
Abstract
The integration of various tasks undertaken by a construction contractor can be achieved using computers. In a large company there are benefits in integrating the work done by different individuals in different parts of the company when they are dealing with related data for a project. For one company in particular, with considerable in-house computing experience, software developed for assisting the tasks of Estimating, Valuation and Goods Received (cost monitoring) is integrated with a Planning software package. In this way three common project models (schedule of work, bill of quantities and estimate) can exchange information about the time and money aspects of a project. The link between time and money is provided by creating financial models of work activities and splitting Bill items between activities. The Planning package is vital to the integration and can generate output combining information from the various sources. Experience of the integrated System shows that certain simplifying assumptions were justified though slightly restrictive on the system's use.

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