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Appendix D

Sample Construction Directive

This appendix provides a construction directive format from the TCMS. (See Figure D-1 for a sample of the TCMS extract.) The TCMS has been designed to automate construction planning, design, and management functions for Army engineers. Project planning and management capabilities are provided to those tasked to quantify construction requirements and manage construction missions.

Figure D-1. TCMS sample construction directive format

Initially demonstrated during the deployments for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the TCMS has undergone various changes and improvements. As an electronic version of the technical manuals covering the Army Facilities Components System, it integrates various commercial off-the-shelf software with Army databases to form a comprehensive construction planning, design, and management tool. Fielding of the system is down to the engineer combat heavy battalions' level.
Directions for troop construction are normally transmitted through engineer channels by a directive. For every project, a construction directive is authorized. The projects are construction tasks that are assigned to an engineer unit in support of an ASCC mission. The projects may also be in support of stability or support operations, such as interdiction camps, refugee camps, exercise-related construction, humanitarian civic assistance, or nation-building exercises.
The following is the essential information that is needed for a construction directive:
  • Addressee (executing unit).
  • Directing authority (higher HQ).
  • Subject (project name and project number).
  • Mission (what is to be done).
  • Priority (priority of the project).
  • Location (location, building number, or grid coordinates).
  • Start date (determined from the in-progress reviews from the engineer planners or specified by the higher HQ).
  • Completion date (determined from the latest event in the construction schedule or specified by the higher HQ).
  • Scope of work (detailed description expanding on the mission statement).
  • References (plans and specifications or the report for the project).
  • Resources (materials and required work effort, including rental-equipment fund allocations).

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