Ignoring the time management portion of projects leads to delays, busts budgets, and kills profits.
Just as a bid is an estimate of the costs needed to construct a project, the schedule is an estimate of the time needed to construct a project. The first step of properly managing your project time is planning your project and then working your plan. In order to manage your project using the project schedule, you will need to ensure that the project schedule represents your construction plan. Properly managing your project time also includes managing project risks, which includes managing added work, changes to the project, and dealing with unanticipated events. The benefits of this timely topic includes an experienced instructor who can provide the perspective of both the contractor, who is typically responsible for developing and updating the project schedule and the owner, who is typically responsible with reviewing and accepting the project schedule and evaluating requests for additional time. We will also discuss how project schedules are used and misused to support a party’s position.
- You will be able to review why a construction schedule is an essential project management tool.
- You will be able to describe how a baseline schedule is developed.
- You will be able to discuss how to use the project sample to demonstrate entitlement to additional time.
- You will be able to identify construction scheduling best practices, tips and abuses.
Construction Scheduling Basics
- What Is a Schedule?
- Why Are Schedules Necessary?
- Who Is the Scheduler?
- Different Scheduling Techniques
- Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling
Essential CPM Scheduling Information
- Data Date; Durations
- Logic Relationships
- Calendars; Activity Dates
- Forward and Backward Pass
- Float - Total Float, Free Float, and Negative Float
- What Is the Critical Path?
- Constraints; Cost and Resource Loading
How to Build a Project Schedule
- What Is the Baseline Schedule?
- Planning vs. Scheduling
- Development: Top-Down or Bottom-up
- Sequencing; Durations
- Coordination; Recommendations
Updating the Project Schedule
- Why Is the Project Schedule Updated?
- How to Update the Schedule?
- Progress vs. Revisions; Making Changes
- Revised Schedules; Recovery Schedules
Time Extension Requests
- Using the Project Schedule to Demonstrate Entitlement to Additional Time
- Time Impact Analysis
- Preparing and Evaluating a Request for Additional Time
Scheduling Best Practices and Abuses
- The Project Schedule Is Project Management Tool
- As-Built Logic Changes
- Misused Scheduling Software Features
- Gaming the Schedule
Bill Haydt, Esq.,
Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
- Director and shareholder at Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
- Qualified in federal court as an expert in construction scheduling and delay analysis
- Expertise lies in the areas of construction claims preparation and evaluation, development and review of critical path method (CPM) schedules, delay analysis, training, and dispute resolution
- Provided CPM scheduling services to contractors and owners on a variety of projects, including bridge, highway, educational, and hotel projects
- Presented seminars, webinars, and construction claims related presentations for private firms and public agencies across the country
- J.D. degree, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law; B.A. degrees in civil engineering and in architectural engineering, Drexel University
- Can be contacted at Bill.firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-814-6400