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Project Management, Planning and Control, 6th Edition by Albert Lester

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Chapter 30

Resource Loading

Abstract

If a computer is not available, or for examination purposes, this chapter describes a manual method for allocating and smoothing resources by adding these to the activities of a bar chart (Gantt chart), which was itself created by abstracting the activities and durations from a network. The resources on the bar chart can then be summated for each time period to produce a histogram and the cumulative totals can then be plotted to produce an ‘S’ curve, which shows the planned rate of resource usage. The chapter explains that by utilising the floats, the resources can be smoothed to reduce peaks of resource usage. The relationship between a network, bar chart, histogram, and S curve is shown on one diagram.

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