Advanced Project Planning & Visualization Assignment

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IN-COURSE ASSESSMENT (ICA) SPECIFICATION
Module Title:
Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation
Module Leader: Dr Vladimir Vukovic
Module Code: CEN4009-N
Assignment Title:
Assignment 2 Option 1 – Technical Report
Deadline Date: 2
nd May 2021
Deadline Time: 11:59pm
Submission Method:
Online (Blackboard) 
Middlesbrough Tower 
Online Submission Notes:
 Please follow carefully the instructions given on the Assignment Specification
 When Extenuating Circumstances (e.g. extension) has been granted, a fully completed
and signed Extenuating Circumstances form must be submitted to the School Reception
or emailed to scedt-assessments@tees.ac.uk.
Central Assignments Office (Middlesbrough Tower M2.08) Notes:
 All work (including DVDs etc) needs to be secured in a plastic envelope or a folder and
clearly marked with the student name, number and module title.
 An Assignment Front Sheet should be fully completed before the work is submitted.
 When Extenuating Circumstances (e.g. extension) has been granted, a fully completed
and signed Extenuating Circumstances form must be submitted to the School Reception
or emailed to scedt-assessments@tees.ac.uk.
FULL DETAILS OF THE ASSIGNMENT ARE ATTACHED
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Assignment 2 Option 1 – Technical Report
Submission deadline 2
nd May 2021, midnight
You must adhere strictly to the word limit specified for each question. Writing beyond the
specified limit will be ignored.
Marks will be awarded based on the following criteria:
 Your understanding of the main themes of the lectures.
 Evidence that you have read additional material and refer (using references) to the
contributions from relevant authors in the field.
 Clear structure and presentation of the MS-Project outputs and their analysis.
Report Submission
 You should submit on the Blackboard, No extension is given
 Report should be submitted in a single .doc or .docx format file; pdf, .xls or other
format is not accepted.
 File name of the submission should include student’s first and last name
 All output from MS Project should be exported to your assignment document. No Excel
or Project files are accepted.
The Assignment is worth 50% of the module. Each part of this assignment is worth 25%
of the module.
PART 1 (50% of the assignment)
A Teesside PLC has won a contract to work on a major Project to start on 1
st September 2021.
As a Project Manager you need to develop and analyse the planning schedule for this project
using MS-Project. Your project team has identified major activities of the project, their
dependency and resources needed to run each activity (see Appendix 1).
Appendix 1 provides information about the project, which includes project logic (activity links
and their relationship – finish to start (FS), start to start (SS), and start to finish (SF)), activity
durations, resource allocation and work breakdown structure (WBS).
You have been asked to perform the following planning and scheduling processes using
Microsoft Project 2012 or later version.
A: CPM & WBS (20% of the assignment)
1. Draw a Gantt-Chart and CPM network for the project. Calculate early start (ES), early finish
(EF), late start (LS), late finish (LF) and total float (TF) based on As Soon as Possible (ASAP)
method and identify critical path.
2. Draw WBS for the project (must include Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4) and discuss
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3. Explain why identification of the critical path is important? Also comment on the changes to
the Critical Path, if the project is developed using As Late as Possible (ALAP) method. (250
words)
B: Resource Planning (20% of the assignment)
1. Produce and draw smoothed resource histograms for the skilled labour resources used in the
project. Critically assess the output identifying the maximum units of each resource required
for this project. (250 words)
2. Carry-out resource levelling for Unskilled resource only (do not use automatic resource
levelling) and discuss how activities might be delayed beyond LST to cater for the limits on
Unskilled resources as a result of levelling. Consider resource pool for unskilled resources as
7 units per day. (250 words)
3. Explain and discuss the process of resource levelling. (250 words)
C: Cost Analysis (10% of the assignment)
1. Calculate the cost of each activity in the project (level 3). Consider the standard cost of a
skilled labour as £10/hr, unskilled labour as £5/hr and equipment as £25/hr.
2. Produce cumulative cost-time curve for the project.
Note:
 Start the project on 1
st September 2021.
 Use default UK working calendar (i.e. Saturdays and Sundays are non-working days, 8
working hours in a day, bank holidays should be considered as non-working days)
 Use resource unit as decimal.
 Use fixed duration and set unit as days.
 Clearly identify each part of the answers to the questions.
 Use header and footer to clearly indicate what the chart or graph is showing.
PART 2 (50% of the assignment)
4D Planning
1. Use Synchro Pro software and link the Building Project planning data with the given 3D
CAD Building Model. Use both Assignment2.1.xml and Assignment2.2.xml with
Assignment2.dxf. You will have two different models to review. Identify issues and conflicts
with the proposed plans and changes. You should provide the pictures of the visualisation on
your assignment. Briefly discuss the linking procedure carried out. (250 words – 25% of the
assignment).
2. Define 4D planning. Discuss the purpose and benefits of 4D systems as a Project
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Appendix 1 Details of activities, relationships & resources for the Project
Level 1 Work
Packages
(Level 2)
Activity
Description
(Level 3)
(Level 4) Immediate
Predecessors
Type of
Relationship
Lag
(Days)
Duration
(Days)
Equipment
/ day
(numbers)
Skilled
Worker / day
(numbers)
Unskilled
Worker / day
(numbers)
+ –
P
R
O
J
E
C
T
X
Project
Start date
01/09/2021
Project Start – – – FS – – 0 – – –
Activity A
A1 – Project Start FS – – 10 3 2 3
A2 – A1 FS – – 9 2 2 3
A3

A2 FS –
3 23 1 1 4
A4
A4a A3
FS – 8
13 1 2 2
A4b A4a FS 1 –
7 3 3 3
A5
A5a A4b FS – – 24 1 3 3
A5b A5a FS – 1 5 1 2 2
A6
A6a A5b FS – – 15 2 3 3
A6b A6a FS 5 – 6 2 3 3
A7
A7a A6b FS – – 20 2 3 3
A7b A7a FS 3 – 17 2 1 1
Activity B B1
B1a B1b
FS 6 –
17 4 1 1
B1b A7b FS – –
11 2 1 1
B1c B4a FS
– –
23 2 – 2
B4b FS
– –
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Level 1 Work
Packages
(Level 2)
Activity
Description
(Level 3)
(Level 4) Immediate
Predecessors
Type of
Relationship
Lag
(Days)
Duration
(Days)
Equipment
/ day
(numbers)
Skilled
Worker / day
(numbers)
Unskilled
Worker / day
(numbers)
P
R
O
J
E
C
T
X
Project
Start date
01/09/2021
Activity B
B2a B1a
FS – 4
B2b B1b FS – – 21 1 1 2
B2c B1c
FS – –
16 3 – 3
B3
B3a B3b FS – –
12 3 4 1
B2a FS 2 –
B3b B2b FS – – 13 3 3 3
B3c B2c FS 2 – 19 3 – 3
B4
B4a B4b FS – –
B3a FS – – 37 3 3 3
B4b B3b FS – –
12 3 3 3
B4c B3c FS – – 15 3 – 3
Project
Completion – –
B4c
FS 6
0 – – -Advanced Project Planning & Visualisation Assignment
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Assessment criteriaAdvanced Project Planning & Visualisation Assignment
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