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This does not mean that they are independent of each other; they clearly interact in a number of ways. For example, it is well known that time and cost are each influenced by the other; if it is required to accelerate some work one of the simplest (but often not cheapest) means of doing this is simply to work overtime. On the other hand if something arises to cause a delay in a project there may often be costs involved because workers are left idle until the delay is overcome. This interaction of time and cost is an important 30 Chapter 3 WHAT HAS TO BE MANAGED?

Planning and progress Analysing the project, setting a plan of action, and then controlling progress. • Time What is the timetable, and how will it be enforced? • Cost What is the budget, and how will it be controlled? • Quality Determination of standards and their observance. • People Individual project managers and project teams. • Risk What are the risks, who carries them, and how can they be avoided or minimised? g. buildings) and their maintenance. It was stated above that these areas can be identified as being distinct, in that it is important that attention is paid to these primary aspects.

This well-understood phenomenon is represented by what is known as an 'S-curve' when plotted as a cumulative figure, as shown on Fig. 3 above and further discussed in Chapter 6. It is when we compare plan with performance that the importance of the two lines on Fig. 3 can be seen. 37 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT Number of workers • — Costs per day Time Fig. 4. Spend rate and labour strength during project Cumulative-cost curves are applied in the simple example discussed above, and Fig. 3 shows both the uniform cumulative curve (straight line) and the non-uniform line (S-curve).

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