Application of Linear Scheduling to Road Works in Ghana

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Project progress and monitoring reporting is an integral part of any construction endeavour and as such the road sector is no exception. For a sector that covers a field of activities varying from one project to another in terms of the scope of work, requires a system capable of adequately reporting the actual work executed on the field. The aim of this study was to develop a system of reporting and monitoring for road construction projects. This study adopted the qualitative research strategy because, the study reviewed road project documents to arrive at the reporting system developed. Moreover, the study employed semi structured interviews with persons with over ten years of experience and top officials in the road sector. It was found that the developed system is a best fit for road construction monitoring and reporting. The multiplicity of work and the associated complexity which is becoming the main feature of road projects, coupled with the fact that top level management needs to be abreast of the day to day running of major projects going on across the length and breadth of the country is an added advantage of the developed system. It is therefore recommended, further study may be done on how to automate the system and generate the diagrams as the actual works are done when quantity of works are keyed in. The system will also work better when pictures of various sections of the works are added up to stage completion, section by, and also the probability of importing from other scheduling software’s.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Construction Management.
Linear Scheduling Method, Line of Balance, Scheduling, Road construction