Construction Office Design with Systematic Layout Planning
Topics: Management, Office, Project management, Activity, Flowchart / Pages: 7 (1673 words) / Published: Sep 5th, 2011

SML745 “Operations Management”
Course Coordinator Prof. D.K. Banwet

Construction Office Design with Systematic Layout Planning

Submitted By GROUP 1
Sunil Joshi (2010SMN6871) Dr. BV Subramanium (2010SMN6891) Tajinder Singh (2010SMN6879) Abhishek Saxena (2010SMN6900) Rahul Dubey (2010SMN6935)

Construction Office Design with Systematic Layout Planning
Pride India Construction Company is a small to medium sized business working in the private sector. Today the firm is successfully competing in the construction sectors. The firm builds high quality, competitive priced buildings. The layout project was an outgrowth of the strategic planning process. During this process the firm set out its objectives for the mid-term future.
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To increase annual revenue by 10% or more. To increase annual profits by 10% or more. To provide an annual contribution to the company’s profit sharing plan. To achieve and maintain a safety record of no lost work days. To maintain job security for its work force.

It became clear that one key element to achieving their strategic goals was to become much more efficient in the office. The flow of staff and paper was seen by all individuals working in the office as cumbersome. Files and critical papers were not available in a timely fashion. Project managers and staff found themselves walking the length of the office frequently adding no value to the projects and using time better placed on value added activities. Layout Procedures Layout problems may be solved from a number of approaches. There are quite a number of heuristic procedures that are available (Raott & Rakshit, 1993). A few examples are CORELAP, ALDEP and CRAFT. The features of these procedures are summarized in Table 1. Table 1 Features of Selected Layout Procedures
Procedure CORELAP PLANET ALDEP CRAFT Simulation Primary Objective Maximize Closeness Minimize Cost Maximize Closeness Minimize Cost Maximize Closeness Data Type Relationship Chart

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