A firm is making minor alterations to its automated stock-handling system in one of its…

A firm is making minor alterations to its automated stock-handling system in one of its warehouses. The relevant information relating to this project is shown in Table 13.16.

The table shows the activities that must be completed, their expected duration times in weeks, and the activities that must precede each activity shown. Also detailed in the table are potential time savings for some activities and the extra costs that would be associated with such time savings.

(a) Construct a suitable diagram to determine the completion time of this project. The diagram should clearly show the critical path and all appropriate times.

(b) The warehouse manager has expressed concern about the disruption caused during the project and has indicated that an extra £25 000 of funding for the project would be available if the overall completion time could be reduced. Using the principles of crashing, determine by how much it would be feasible to reduce the overall completion time and which activities would be affected.

 

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