Network Dependencies Reports


Network Dependencies Reports

Each job type in BIG has a set of network dependencies, also called Critical Path Method (CPM) dependencies, which limit the amount of concurrent work that may be performed on activities. The limitations arise from the fact that work cannot be done on some activities until work has proceeded past a certain point on other activities. For example, it would be impossible to paint the walls of a building until work on the walls had completed past a certain point. In this case, painting would have a dependency on walls. Walls would also likely depend on activities such as foundation. Dependencies may also cause work on an activity currently in process to cease until another activity completes.

Network dependencies are important because they allow you to know when work on each activity in a job may start and when it must pause. This information is critical to finding methods that will get the job done on time. More information on using network dependencies to develop a schedule is presented in the section on Scheduling Methods.

The dependencies between activities differ between job types, so it is important to have a listing for each type of job. Fortunately for the job types in BIG, this information has been empirically established and published. Your employees have researched the dependencies between activities based on job type by reading through published materials and summarized this information in a set of Network Dependency Reports. You may view these reports by clicking on the "Network Dependencies Reports" link on the main menu in BIG.


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