Critical Path Methodology (CPM) is a popular technique most often used in the construction industry. The critical path method is used to visualize and determine a project’s duration. Its effectiveness lies in its simplicity: CPM analyzes, plans, and schedules out complex projects.
Construction projects have a lot of moving pieces. There are hundreds of variables, change orders, design challenges, and unforeseen conditions that can impact your project – and we haven’t even mentioned what happens at the intersection of business owners, designers, engineers, and the small army of subcontractors it takes to complete a project.
In 1986, the US Army Corps of Engineers recognized the need for a Standard Data Exchange Format (SDEF) to facilitate the exchange of data among contractors using various project management tools. The format chosen was a 132-character per line, fixed-length ASCII file, with data items, field positions, and field lengths explicitly defined by the SDEF specification.
Resource Loading in Primavera utilizes both Cost and Units Columns. Knowing which fields are important is half the battle. This page discusses some of the key fields / considerations to make when resource loading a schedule. This document also discusses why some fields may be ignored when resource loading.
As the market leader for construction management software, Oracle Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project are solutions that work for their given needs. Between Oracle Primavera and Microsoft Project, Elecosoft Powerproject gives the best of both worlds. It has the familiarity of the Microsoft Office Suite while having many of the features of Primavera.
What I like best about Powerproject’s Help Feature: If you want to know about every field on a dialogue box, click F1. In this example, I’ve brought up the Format Bar Chart dialogue box.