Development of Work Breakdown Structure for Residential Building Construction Project- A Case Study

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Development of Work Breakdown Structure for Residential Building Construction Project- A Case Study

Paras Vairagade

U.G. Student, Dept. of civil engineering

Vidyavardhinis college of engineering and technology

Vasai (W), Maharashtra, India

Lovelesh Khatarkar

U.G. Student, Dept. of civil engineering

Vidyavardhinis college of engineering and technology

Vasai (W), Maharashtra, India

Pakshal Shah

U.G. Student, Dept. of civil engineering

Vidyavardhinis college of engineering and technology

Vasai (W), Maharashtra, India

Shashank Shetye

    1. Student, Dept. of civil engineering

      Vidyavardhinis college of engineering and technology

      Vasai (W), Maharashtra, India

      Viren Chandanshive

      Asst. Professor Dept. of civil engineering

      Vidyavardhinis college of engineering and technology

      Vasai (W), Maharashtra, India

      AbstractIn project management proper arrangement in setting the progress is the essential element. Planning is an initial step for each and every work in management field. Planning serves as the base work executing, monitoring, controlling and closing of the project. Hierarchical decomposition of the goal objectives, activities, sub activities and work package is done by work breakdown structure which involves managing the project. This study deals with planning, scheduling, tracking of a residential building using work breakdown structure. The work breakdown structures provide the general idea about the interdependencies of the activities which will be helpful during the project monitoring.

      KeywordsPlanning, scheduling, Microsoft project, work breakdown structure.


        A work breakdown is an essential component for any software project since it defines the details of the work that is necessary to accomplish a projects objectives. From the very early stage of submitting a project proposal, it is important to formulate the content of the project via a WBS. Such an early WBS formulation enables project needs to be better defined, and the resource and time estimations required to complete the project to be improved. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the WBS of a project changes over time, according to altering needs and constraints. In other words, although the WBS should be introduced at the very early stage of the project, it will be permanently exposed to changes, which should be properly presented in the WBS. The preparation of the WBS has an impact not only on the planning, but also on organizational level.


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        WBS facilitates control by providing a clear basis for monitoring project progress using the structure of the project; thus, each team is accountable for the tasks assign to them. The real value of WBS is that it provides a graphic representation of the entire programmed with an orderly identification scheme for each level of the project.

        Figure 1 represents the methodology adopted for proper completion of work breakdown structure.

        Selection of Project

        Establishment of objectives

        Literature review

        Selection of site

        Identification of activities

        Development of WBS

        Figure 1. Flowchart of Methodology


        This project briefs about the various activities that are involved in construction of a building. the work breakdown structure divides the entire project into its component elements in order to establish a framework for effective management of project scope, schedule and planning.

        Figure 2. Represents the primary work breakdown structure for G+4 Residential building.

        Figure 2. Work Breakdown Structure for G+4 Residential building structure (Level 1 & 2)

        work breakdown structure can be increased up to micro level. The detailed work breakdown structure of a project generates the various activities in details.

        Figure 3, 4 & 5,represents the Level 3 & 4 construction activities along with their independencies. The level of the

        Figure 3. Work Breakdown Structure for G+4 Residential building structure (Level 3& 4) for Foundation Activities

        Figure 4. Work Breadown Structure for G+4 Residential building structure (Level 3& 4) for Plinth Activities

        Figure 5. Work Breakdown Structure for G+4 Residential building structure (Level 3& 4) for Staircase Activities


        Construction management is the procedure of planning, coordinating and providing monitoring and controlling of a construction project. Construction management includes five stages: design, pre-construction, procurement, build, and owner occupancy.

        A case study of a G+4 residential building located in Byculla, Mumbai is considered for the development of work breakdown structure. The case study focuses on Planning and Scheduling using Microsoft Project software. A detailed work breakdown structure which enlists the Pre-construction and construction activities is prepared which is further classified into various sub construction activities. A Work Breakdown Structure is an important tool for Project Management as it provides a visual aid to communicate specifics and manage particulars of the project that would otherwise be more difficult.

        The above given information is meant to provide insight to the project. The purpose is to make a detailed case study of a construction building. The concept of work breakdown structure remains the key process of the project. Also the developed work breakdown structures successfully described the hierarchical process and independencies of the various activities. Finally developed work breakdown structures overviews on all the execution process for construction of building in micro level.


        We would like to express our special thanks of gratitude to Khushbu Enterprise, Bhyculla, Mumbai (India) for their immense support and guidance to share the data as well as knowledge..

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