MS Project Schedule Example

MS Project Schedule Example

MS Project Schedule Example
MS Project Schedule Example

Today I share with our followers an example for construction project scheduling by MS Project.

What is construction project schedule?

A construction project schedule is either a written or graphical representation on how the project is to be completed or constructed. When I say written, it could be a written narrative. It could be a description. It could be depicted as a bar chart schedule or a CPM schedule.

A construction schedule is analogous to a contractor’s bid. Just as a contractor’s bid is an estimate of its cost that it expects to spend to build the project, the schedule represents an estimate of the time required to construct the project.

Why Do We Need Project Schedules?

Increasingly, over the last 15 or 20 years, construction owners have required that contractors prepare schedules during the construction project. There are two primary reasons for this trend. First, as projects become more complex and have tighter budgets, we need schedules to help us manage our construction projects. 

As a construction project management tool, a schedule enables the project participants (not just the owner, the contractor, the engineer, or the architect) to understand the plan for completion. It allows the parties to coordinate all the elements of the work. To some degree, this trend has also been driven by litigation. Time is money. Every day a construction project is delayed, either the owner, and/or both the owner and contractor, will incur additional costs to support that project. Therefore, we need a way to measure to what extent the project is delayed. 

The schedule allows us to identify not just what the work is, but the responsibilities of each party, and the party responsible for each of the activities. It allows us to track performance. Ultimately, having a reasonably accurate schedule, be that a bar chart or a CPM schedule, will also enable the project participants to identify and resolve project delay as it occurs. The last thing you want to do is ignore time-related issues during the project and have the parties kick the can down the road. 

This will often result in a claim being submitted because time wasn’t resolved, the project finished late, and the parties can’t agree as to the cause of the delay. This can and often does result in unnecessary money spent in litigation. That is not a recipe for success on construction projects. We want to finish projects on time and on budget. A way to do that is to address delay as it occurs during the project.

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Reference: traunerconsulting

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