Internet-based database management system for project control

Ji Li, Osama Moselhi, Sabah Alkass

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Purpose - The objective of this paper is to develop an efficient project management system to track and control construction activities for contractors and/or project managers. Design/methodology/approach - The work package model is utilized to break down project data into activities and work tasks. The data structure of a project is represented using the entities-relationship methodology. A relational database stores all of the project data. The earned value method calculates the cost and schedule variances. The internet-based platform with three-tier client-server architecture is chosen for system implementation. Findings - The developed project database stores all of the project data necessary to perform project control functions. The implementation of the project database management system is efficient. The developed system provides real-time data sharing and a collaborating environment in support of project control. Originality/value - Time and cost control are essential management functions for achieving successful delivery of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. The developed system can assist contractors and/or project managers in tracking and control of their construction projects in a real-time manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-253
Number of pages12
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction industry
  • Database management systems
  • Internet
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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