Case Study: Westin Contractors

William Purvis looked across his desk at the company’s latest management recruit and said, ‘Welcome to Westin Contractors. This is a good company to work for and I hope you settle in and will be very happy here. Everyone working for Westin has to be familiar with our basic tools, so you should start by looking at network analysis.

Here is a small project we have just costed – I have to give the customer some details about schedules, workloads and budgets by the end of the week. I would like a couple of alternative views with your recommendation of the best. Everything you need is available in the office so don’t beafraid to ask for help and advice.’ William Purvis supplied the following data and said that there is a penalty cost of BD 3,500 for every week the project finished after week 28.

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Activity

Preceding Activity

Times of Completion (in weeks)

Optimistic

Most Likely

Pessimistic

A

1

3

4

B

3

5.5

9

C

4

7

8

D

A

4

8.5

10

E

C

2

3.5

9

F

B,E

2

3

5

G

C

6

9

16

H

D, F,G

2

3

5

1. If you were the recruit, how would you set about this job and what would you say in your report? (50 marks)

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