chapter  18
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Float; ownership and utilisation

The short answer is yes. Float is a function of the programme network, and the amount and position of float within a programme is dependent upon the manner in which the network has been constructed. Float provides a contingency or buffer which may be used to absorb the effects of delays to activities not on the critical path. For example, float is used by contractors in the optimisation of manpower and equipment resources, or to absorb the effects of contractor-responsible delays to activities not on the critical path.