Dr. Smith addresses many of your concerns and questions in his book.
While this Work does not contain all of the answers one might desire , it does offer
a professionally recognized approach to achieve real-world plausible solutions
from a seasoned expert in large scale project management. Dr. Smith’s exercise
is for the serious student, and he ’does the math’.
It has been quite a while since I read this "experts" work for the "serious".
However, as a tip to all interested GHMB readers (especially Steve )I suggest you get hold of a copy (they even
have one in my poor local public library !)
Guaranteed to give you a huge belly laugh , out loud!!!
(Particularly take note of amount of time he allocates, as a wild guess, to excavating and finishing
Maybe Dr. you could show /post a section where he factors in the building work of these
massive ramps, or the support workers for food, the constructors of the city needed to house these
workers, where he factors in the boat builders, the copper miners, the lumber cutters, medical staff,
the tool makers and such ....and so on!?
Thanks for that! ;-)