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Title: Critical path method applied to research project planning: Fire Economics Evaluation System (FEES)
Author: Anderson, Earl B.; Hales, R. Stanton;
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-93. Berkeley, Calif.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 12 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Description: The critical path method (CPM) of network analysis (a) depicts precedence among the many activities in a project by a network diagram; (b) identifies critical activities by calculating their starting, finishing, and float times; and (c) displays possible schedules by constructing time charts. CPM was applied to the development of the Forest Service's Fire Economics Evaluation System (FEES)--a simulation model for evaluating fire program options. A computerized CPM package analyzed 47 activities, and produced basic schedules and labor required for each. One program in the package was used to alter a basic schedule to produce one that required less variable levels of labor. The CPM approach can be applied to a variety of resource management and other forestry-related projects.
Keywords: research planning, CPM, PERT, project scheduling
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Anderson, Earl B.; Hales, R. Stanton 1986. Critical path method applied to research project planning: Fire Economics Evaluation System (FEES). Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-93. Berkeley, Calif.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 12 p
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