The effects of variability of the mathematical equations and project categorizations on forecasting S-curves at construction industry

M. T. Banki, B. Esmaeili

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Cash flow forecasting is an indispensable tool for construction companies, and is essential for the survival of any contractor at all stages of the work. The time available for a detailed pre-tender cash flow forecast is often limited. Therefore, contractors require simpler and quicker techniques which would enable them to forecast cash flow with reasonable accuracy. Forecasting S-curves in construction in developing countries like Iran in compare with developed countries has many difficulties. It is because of uncertainty and unknown situation in nature of construction industry of these countries. Based on knowledge of authors there is a little attempt for cash flow forecasting in construction industry of Iran. As a result authors produced An S-curve equation for construction project from historical data which has reasonable accuracy. A sample of 20 completed projects was collected and classified in to the three different groups. In order to model S-curves for each group, a simple and reliable method of S curve fitting has been used. S-curves were fitted into each group by using different techniques. Errors incurred when fitting these curves were measured and compared with those associates in fitting individual projects. At the end, accuracy of each model has been calculated and an equation has been proposed to forecast S-curves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-270
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Civil Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Cash flow
  • Construction industry
  • Developing countries
  • Financial forecasting
  • Project management
  • S-curves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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