BIG Basics

BIG Basics

Each company acts as a construction firm within a competitive industry environment that has a fluctuating demand for construction jobs. The participating companies compete for work with each other and with internally simulated contractors.

The game is broken up into periods, each period representing two calendar months. Every period you will be required to make decisions and enter them into BIG, and you will see the results in the following period. Your instructor controls when the current period ends and a new one begins, so the amount of real world time you have to make decisions each period is whatever your instructor chooses to give you. In game time, is helpful to think that in each period you make all decisions on the very first day of that period, and when the instructor updates from one period to the next all the decisions you made on the first day are carried out. A game consists of as many periods as your instructor chooses.

Every period there will be a varying number of jobs available for bid, each job being one of five different types:
  • apartments
  • school buildings
  • office buildings
  • hospitals
  • industrial plants
The goal in BIG is to increase your equity as much as possible by completing work on jobs and earning profit. To be awarded jobs, your company must place bids that are less than competitors' bids, or make your company attractive enough to customers to receive direct offers for work. To make a competitive bid you must use the information made available to you to schedule the various activities of the job with methods that will complete the job on time at the lowest possible cost.

Once you have been awarded a job you must monitor that job for schedule slippages and take appropriate action to get the job done on time. Every job contract in BIG has a clause in it for a liquidated damages penalty that will be assigned if you fail to complete a job on time. Liquidated damages can quickly cause your profit margin for a job to turn negative.

As a business, your company will also have a certain number of fixed costs that must be paid each period. If you are not able to earn enough income each period to cover these costs, your company will slowly go bankrupt.

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