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Computerized Scheduling


Small Highway Bridge

Dr. Eric Forcael


This class Project is only an example of

a real project. The object of the project
is not to design anything, only to
prepare a schedule. So, if any detail is
unclear do not try to redesign, only
make an assumption and continue to
work on the schedule
Small Bridge Project

 You have been hired as a project

estimator/manager for a small construction
firm to execute a small bridge project. The
previous project estimator/manager quit
leaving the company in a difficult situation
with a bid package due in two weeks. The
previous project manager did however
partially complete some of the work that
you now must finish.
 The plans and specifications indicate the structure to
be erected is a single-span vehicular bridge, which
will cross a small ravine. The bridge is of a deck-
girder type and is of composite steel-concrete
construction. Figures 1 and 2 show the bridge profile
and a transverse section, respectively. The two
abutments are of reinforced concrete, each consisting
of a breast wall and two wing walls. Each abutment
rests on a heavy concrete footing supported by
twenty-eight, 40-foot long H-section steel piles.
Seven, W36 X 150 steel floor girders support the 10-
inch-thick reinforced concrete paving slab. A steel
guardrail is required for the length of the bridge
along each side. All exposed structural concrete is to
have a rubbed finish and certain bridge surfaces are
to be painted.
Background (cont’d)
 The owner of the project is a public agency and the
entire work, including the highway bridge, is to be
competitively bid on the basis of unit prices. The
owner requires submitting several documents as
part of the bid package to include the Cost Estimate
and a Project Schedule (contract requires using
P3). The final estimate and working job budget will
be generated by you for bidding and cost control
purposes. The design has been completed and
bidding documents, including finalized drawings
and specifications, are also in the hands of other
bidding contractors. Your company is in a tight
financial situation and really needs this work and is
dependent on you to get the job.
Figure 1 - Highway Bridge Profile
Figure 2 - Highway Bridge, Transverse
Construction Sequence
1. Shop drawings must be completed and approved before
special materials can be prefabricated and delivered to
the site.
2. Shop drawings may be submitted in conjunction with
move in.
3. Abutment pilings may be delivered to the site in
conjunction with move in.
4. The abutment forms will be constructed at the site. The
same set of forms will be used for both abutments.
5. The footing forms will be constructed in place. The
footing forms used for abutment #1 must also be used
for abutment #2.
6. Only one dozer is available for excavation and backfill.
7. Only one pile driver is available.
8. Abutment footings must be stripped before the
abutments can be formed.
Construction Sequence (cont’d)
9. Abutment forms must be stripped before the abutments
can be backfilled.
10. The abutment faces may be rubbed in conjunction with
11. Both abutments must be stripped and abutment #1
must be backfilled before the girders can be set.
12. Abutment #2 must be backfilled before the bridge deck
can be poured.
13. Contraction joints may be sawed in conjunction with
any other activities but must be completed before clean
14. The installation of guardrails and painting cannot
commence until both abutments are rubbed and the
deck has been stripped.
15. The guardrails and painting may be done in conjunction
with each other, but must be completed before clean
Task 1

 Due Sept. 16, 2017.

 Using the drawing of the small bridge and
the attached data, including the
construction sequence, prepare a list of
activities for the project that will include
various activities of design, procurement
and construction
 Try to limit the number of activities to 40-50
Task 1 (cont’d)

 You have data of quantities and

production rates of 10 activities that
must be included. Please add these to
the list and calculate durations of
these activities (assuming 10 hrs = 1
working day)