Computer Project planning
On completion of this assignment the student should be able to: • Apply the stages and tools utilised in planning and programming construction operations. • Prepare a method statement, including resources. • Operate a computer project planning package to prepare a schedule for a project. Assignment brief Based on the project documents under the Assignment 2- Project Documents link in Blackboard, you are required to: • Develop a resource plan for the project. Clearly, formulate gangs and state the details of productivity output of all items of plant and human resources [per gang] that will be needed for all major tasks in the project. • Present key resource allocations (labour & plant) using a resource histogram. • Using planning software, such as MS Project, prepare a CPM chart (Gantt Chart), map out the critical path for all project activities and calculate the total project duration and total float. • Produce a comprehensive Gantt chart for all tasks involved in completing all the project activities. • Develop a construction method statement for the project. • Draft a cash flow for the project. • Complete this assignment individually. • The checklist below outlines exactly what you should complete for the assignment. Project Scope You need to think about the project in the context in which it will be constructed. Note, this Semester’s project is based on St. Michael’s Primary School redevelopment at Nowra, NSW. You are only asked to work on the Proposed Learning Centre and covered outdoor learning area (C.O.L.A). The covered walkway and toilet block shown in the project documents is outside of the scope of this assignment. You can also refer to the Architectural Drawing TD01d_***** in the Assignment 2 Project Documents, which is where the following images are taken from. The yellow outline indicates the boundary of the project. Be sure to review the Assignment Checklist before commencing the assignment. 1 Version 1.0 5/07/2017 Scope of works 2 Version 1.0 5/07/2017 Assignment Checklist For marking rubric, refer to the Course Outline (page 8). &#*****; Completed Assessment Item Coversheet &#*****; Introduction to your Client outlining what the report contains Should give a short summary of what the report contains, and any general recommendations. &#*****; Project Method Statement (see week 8 lecture) Produce an outline statement (including graphic aids wherever necessary) showing: a. Site Plan (including location and topographic plan) showing: Access to site Site shed Storage Equipment active areas Site Security General Circulation Emergency exits/evacuation plan b. Your resource plan. c. Process Flow plan. Include a brief overview of the main flow of works can include a process flow diagram if you’d like). Also discuss your waste management plan. d. WHS and QA Policy Statements Headings and brief text. Note: You are not required to include a WHS or QA statements, just note that they would normally be part of the method statement and what they should include. e. Action Plan on temporary work. Explain how you will deal with temporary equipment on site. Please make the elements relevant to the specific project. &#*****; A project plan using MS Project (or equivalent Planning Software). As a minimum provide a detailed Gantt chart. We need to as a minimum be able to see the predecessors (or successors) for each task, start and end time, critical path and total float (where it exists) for each activity in the project. Think about how you present your project plan; make sure we are able to easily match tasks and bars on the chart. Should also align to the tasks outlined in the Resource plan from previous section. NOTE: You are not required to submit a CPM Diagram (network graph) for this assignment. It’s a bit difficult to get it displaying nicely, and should not provide anything additional to the Gantt chart. &#*****; A resource histogram to present key resource allocations. Refer to the tutorial and lecture from Week 4 for more detail about what to include here. Only present information that is informative or useful. To get full marks here you need to have applied some resource management (levelling). &#*****; A cash flow forecast for your project. The cash flow must show streams of income and outgoings for the entire contract. (Week 9 & 10 lecture, Week 9 & 10 tutorial). 3 Version 1.0 5/07/2017 A general comment here, the cash flow should be more from the main contractor’s perspective, showing it in the same way it’s been presented in lectures. Initial cash injection, overheads and profit amounts are for you to decide and explain why you’ve chosen certain values or approaches. The steps I would suggest in preparing this section. 1. Cost individual activities and then summarise into element/phase of your build (e.g. prelims, substructure etc.). See Lecture 9 for an example of what I mean here. 2. Determine the percentage of each element that needs to be spent each month. This can be done from your Gantt chart and step above. 3. Produce a cash flow, which shows monies in and out each month. Note, I’d suggest showing progress claim amounts being income for the following month, since there will generally be a short delay between putting in a claim, and getting the money. There are (will be) several examples of this in Lecture 9 & 10. 4. Give a summary of overall spend, an S-curve or similar may help to visualise this. &#*****; All of these elements need to be compiled into a cohesive report. Think about the general readability of your report. If you show a diagram or table, there should be at least a small explanation of what it shows. If referring to another part of the report, best to use numbered sections to make this easier. &#*****; Convert report to a SINGLE PDF for submission. A final comment – please consider the marking rubric, and in particular the weightings of the elements before commencing the assignment.
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