SAINT GBA334 module 5 and 6 discussions

module 5

Haygood Brothers Construction Company

George and Harry Haygood are building contractors who specialize in the construction of private home dwellings, storage warehouses, and small businesses (less than 20,000 sq. ft. of floor space). Both George and Harry entered a carpenter union’s apprenticeship program in the early 1990s and, upon completion of the apprenticeship, became skilled craftsmen in 1996. Before going into business for themselves, they worked for several local building contractors in the Detroit area.

Typically, the Haygood Brothers submit competitive bids for the construction of proposed dwellings. Whenever their bids are accepted, various aspects of the construction (electrical wiring, plumbing, brick laying, painting, and so forth) are subcontracted. George and Harry, however, perform all carpentry work. In addition, they plan and schedule all construction operations, frequently arrange interim financing, and supervise all construction activities.

The philosophy under which the Haygood Brothers have always operated can be simply stated: “Time is money.” Delays in construction increase the costs of interim financing and postpone the initiation of their building projects. Consequently, they deal with all bottlenecks promptly and avoid all delays whenever possible. To minimize the time consumed in a construction project, the Haygood Brothers use PERT.

First, all construction activities and events are itemized and properly arranged (in parallel and sequential combinations) in a network. Then time estimates for each activity are made, the expected time for completing each activity is determined, and the critical (longest) path is calculated. Finally, earliest times, latest times, and slack values are computed. Having made these calculations, George and Harry can place their resources in the critical areas to minimize the time of completing the project.

The following are the activities that constitute an upcoming project (home dwelling) of the Haygood Brothers:

Arrange financing (A)
Let subcontracts (B)
Set and pour foundations (C)
Plumbing (D)
Framing (E)
Roofing (F)
Electrical wiring (G).
Installation of windows and doors (H)
Ductwork and insulation (including heating and cooling units) (I)
Sheetrock, paneling, and paper hanging (J)
Bricking (K)
Installation of cabinets (L)
Inside trim (including fixtures) (M)
Outside trim (N)
Painting (O)
Flooring (P)

The immediate predecessors and the optimistic (a), most likely (m), and pessimistic (b) time estimates, are shown in Table 1.

TABLE 1. Haygood Brothers Construction Co.

DAYS

ACTIVITYImmediate
Predecessoramb
A-456
BA258
CB579
DB456
EC246
FE359
GE456
HE347
IE579
JD, I101112
KF, G, H, J789
LF, G, H, J468
ML579
NK4510
OM567
PN, O234

What is the time length of the critical path? What is the significance of the critical path?
Compute the amount of time that the completion of each activity can be delayed without affecting the overall project.
The project was begun August 1. What is the probability that the project can be completed by September 30? (Note: Scheduled completion time = 60 days.)

In all discussion question responses ensure that you correctly reference sources you used in researching and analyzing your response. Use appropriate scholarly citation methods.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ responses no later than Sunday, 11:59 PM EST/EDT.

module 6

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Respond to the following situation no later than Thursday, 11:59 PM EST/EDT

What are the components of the following systems? Explain the configuration of each.
• barbershop
• car wash
• Laundromat
• small grocery store

In all discussion question responses ensure that you correctly reference sources you used in researching and analyzing your response. Use appropriate scholarly citation methods.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ responses no later than Sunday, 11:59 PM EST/EDT.

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