Planning and control of repetitive construction
Planning and controlling those construction projects that are defined as repetitive in action--projects involving the vertical or horizontal building of repeated forms--requires using a project management approach that is based on the assembly line model. This article examines how project managers implementing these types of projects can use this model to more effectively and efficiently realize repetitive multi-activity projects. In doing so, it describes the types of repetitive construction and explains the purpose of using an assembly line model. It then details an eight-step multi-activity project chart for realizing repetitive construction projects and discusses a case study involving the planning and troubleshooting of a Melbourne (Australia) high-rise, explaining the project's development in relation to the eight-step project chart. It also describes the project team's success in implementing this chart and the factors that most significantly impacted the project team's success in using this chart. It concludes by listing the eleven reasons why a multi-activity approach is the most effective process for planning and controlling repetitive construction projects.