Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Total float

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_1050

The amount of time a project work time can be delayed without affecting the duration of the project. Total float can be used in only one activity in a path. If no schedule times are specified for starting and finishing the various activities, then the float is calculated as the difference between the latest start time and the earliest start time, or the difference between the latest finish time and the earliest finish time. Float can be positive, negative or zero.  Network planning.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA