Beyond the basics

Construction schedules have grown in complexity and importance as more and more projects are schedule driven. This course is designed for individuals who manage, review, monitor and supervise project schedules. It examines the serious project problems that result from poor scheduling and a lack of adequate oversight of schedules. It identifies and discusses scheduling techniques and errors that often exasperate these problems. The course demonstrates the proper planning methods and practices for construction scheduling. It identifies ways to detect flawed logic and/or improper scheduling relationships. It highlights many of the dos and don'ts in the practice of construction scheduling.

The course offers practical guidelines and useful checklists for schedule reviews and negotiations. It discusses the contractual framework of CPM schedules and how project risks are allocated and managed in a construction schedule. It reviews the various types of scheduling delays, consequences of delays, alternatives for recovery and the methods used for calculating delay damages. The course also explores the legal remedies available to owners and builders in addressing scheduling defaults.


Course Topics Include:

  • Guidelines for effective project schedule specifications
  • Project activities, scheduling logic and productivity
  • Integration of costs, scheduling and management
  • Owner & contractor’s rights and obligations in scheduling
  • Early completion scheduling considerations
  • Importance, use and ownership of float
  • Legal significance of the project schedule
  • Failure to honor implied scheduling warranties
  • Owners acts that constitute schedule disruptions
  • Developing and conducting time impact analysis.
  • Standards of proof for contractor time delay claims
  • Calculating delay damages
  • As built vs. As bid scheduling analysis
  • Concurrent and compensable delays
  • Calculating damages for delays, disruption and loss of efficiency
  • Using the measured mile technique
  • Enforcement of liquidated damages & bonus Clauses
  • Scheduling and project risk management
  • Guidelines for handling scheduling defaults
  • How to update and modify construction schedules when necessary
  • How to control costs and minimize the "ripple effect" of change orders