Operations research: application to the management of the construction process
Master of Architecture
New and better solutions to management problems in the construction industry are essential if demands of contemporary society for habitat are to be met. Operations Research is defined and presented as uniquely successful in providing such solutions. Eight basic forms of O.R. are defined, examples are given from other industries and from Construction of their use, and applicable mathematical techniques are listed for each. Sequencing, one of the eight forms, is given in depth study because of its particular applicability to construction management problems. A single construction management example is used as a base for describing Critical Path, PERT, CPM, and CPM cost control. The utility of O.R. techniques in obtaining optimal problem solutions is concluded to the whole range of the Construction process, including programming and design.