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Project Management Case Assignment - Use Microsoft Project to analyze this case. This is an example of a construction project. The construction for a large corporate building must be started by February 15th and completed by the end of the year. The legal contract for the project includes a penalty of $10,000 for every week of delay beyond December 31st. The details of the project activities are as follows – The project begins with clearing the site, an activity that takes eight weeks. Once the site is cleared, laying of the subsurface drainage takes another eight weeks, followed by filling of the earth which takes 14 weeks. Only after this activity is completed can installation of the artificial turf outside of the building can start – the task then takes 12 weeks. Simultaneously, the work on the building can also start once the site is cleared. The work on the building starts first by excavating and then by pouring of the concrete basement. Each of these activities takes 4 weeks to complete. Next comes the construction of the walls (12 weeks), followed by constructing the roof (13 weeks). The interiors are then completed (5 weeks) followed by internal painting (4 weeks). However, painting cannot be started until electrical work is completed (4 weeks). The electrical work cannot be started until the outside power lines are laid (8 weeks), which needs an additional activity of getting the permits before it can be started. The permit takes 4 weeks. Assume that you would start on the permits after the excavation activity for the building begins. Once the roof of the building is erected, work can start simultaneously on the outside lighting (5 weeks), and on the signage and other external landscaping (4 weeks). For simplicity, assume you start the project on February 15th, 2010 which is a Monday and that you work five days a week for 8 hours every day. Analyze the following questions based on the estimates of the above activities 1) When do you complete the project?...
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