The Aim of the Report
The aim of this report is that you have been asked to prepare a project report with a presentation of the solution of an identified and clearly defined civil engineering problem. Your approach to this should involve exploring different potential options that may be available, then make a choice and show how you have come to your conclusion.
This assignment has four sections in line with the four learning outcomes covered by all tasks provided starting with an initial project problem identification scenario acting as a case study to be explored for a solution in line with your chosen topic :
LO1 Formulate a project that will provide a solution to an identified problem.
LO2 Manage a project within agreed timescales and specifications; documenting the process throughout.
LO3 Evaluate potential project management solutions.
LO4 Produce a project report and deliver a presentation of the final project outcomes.
LO1 Formulate a project that will provide a solution to an identified problem (This covers: project identification, research methods, feasibility studies, and project brief and specifications).
(a) Project Identification: Identify and explore a construction based problem following the theme stated above and select a project aimed at its solution. (Suitable themes could range from replacing cement in concrete to substitution of virgin materials by recycled ones, better timing of the sequence of operations to increase productivity and reduce general environmental impact.)
(b) Research Methods Background reading to see how others have tackled similar problems. Sources could include journal articles, articles in trade publications, newspapers, information from work or observation of construction processes. It may even be possible to undertake primary research to test if something works.
(c) Feasibility studies Test the alternative approaches suggested for the construction process to ensure that they work within the context of a given construction situation. Here comparison with similar processes given in published work would be of great assistance.
(d) Brief and Specification Produce an outline specification of the proposal and critically evaluate how the project scope impacts on resources of time, materials, people, clients and stake holders
LO2 Manage a project within agreed timescales and specification, documenting the process throughout.
(This covers: Resources and resource planning; costs and cost planning; Work plan: Gantt charts, PERT charts, CPM; Project tracking: progress tracking (including log book) and Milestones.)
(a) As part of your project scope identify the potential resources needed, costs, personnel and timescalesinvolved.
(b) Identify and describe a range of techniques for potential solutions and stating them clearly indicating the costs and cost planning involve.
(c) Prepare and update as an ongoing project management plan with standard systems of time and resource tracking include work plans possibly using Gantt Charts, Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) charts or Critical Path Method (CPM)
LO3 Evaluate potential Project Management Solutions (This covers, PERT analysis and CPM analysis)
(a) Undertake an evaluation of potential project management solutions using PERT or CPM this can be initially done within the log book then summarised in the main report
(b) Justify the selection of your preferred project solution with reference to your initial stated project specification as clearly provided earlier in your project scope.
(c) Make a comparison of the outcomes of your initial planned resources, timescales and costs with your actual outcomes of these criteria. This will contribute your performance review.
LO4 Produce a project report and deliver a presentation of the final project outcome (This covers producing a report format and the report; presentation format and presentation techniques)