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Tasks and Task Codes - An Overview
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The Task Codes menu lets you add and manage the categorized list of tasks your company works on, with their task codes, in line with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) master format. Linarc also allows you to add tasks with custom codes as per your company's policies/practices, conventions, and requirements.
The task codes also double as cost codes when creating project schedules, estimates, and budgets.
Budgets - General contractors create the original budget for the entire project and track the expenses. The budget includes the contract-based cost allocations for various divisions of work covered in the scope. Cost tracking and management is a significant and critical function for a general contractor's project manager. Each line item in the budget includes a work item, task, or deliverable with its cost code and the assigned subcontractor.
Estimates: Contractors create estimates containing a list of tasks, subtasks, work packages, and activities, exhaustively covering all items required to complete all the assigned work. In cases where GC is assigning tasks for themselves, they too can add estimates for their work. Each line item in the estimate is defined with details like the task name, required time, and the cost estimated under various cost types like labor, materials, equipment, etc. The task items can be directly imported to the schedule from the estimate, so the details are auto-populated.
Schedules: Project Managers can use these items to specify tasks, sub-tasks, and activities in successive phases or as elements in the work breakdown structure (WBS). The task codes provide an easier way of defining tasks and sub-tasks, which is otherwise complicated to enter definitions and descriptions of each task in the schedule.
You can also add custom tasks and work packages. Each package may define the amount of work done, the labor involved, and the time to provide a deliverable. The task packages are useful for similar tasks, used at different locations with different quantities required. For example, tasks involved in flooring construction are repeated with only minor differences for each floor in a building.
See the following pages for more information: