3 Construction Scheduling Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make
No matter the scope of a construction project, it is essential to property plan and monitor each phase. The easiest way to do this is through project scheduling. However, too often those involved assume that simply creating a schedule is enough. It is not. Keep reading to find out how ECL Software at 800-625-5972 can help you Just Do It Once.
- You don’t have to be driven by constraints
- You don’t have to base durations on best-case scenarios
- You don’t have to ignore logic
It is common for those in the construction arena to being with a series of activities that have built-in constraints. The result is that the scheduler is going to pick a date in time when they believe something is going to start and not look at the bigger picture. This is what happens when you have numerous people working on a schedule separately without collaborating.
The good news is that great construction software allows everyone to get involved on their own terms. You can assign access to various project via title so that everyone at certain levels within your company can review the schedule, change items, and add notes. When everyone has access to a schedule that is updated in real time, it is much easier to ensure that everyone is on the same page – and ready to get the job done.
Your schedule is not a document meant to make you feel good or to win a bid. It is there to give you and everyone involved a realistic idea of what is likely ahead in the process. There are so many uncertainties involved in the construction process that there is no way around unforeseen events having an effect on your schedule. However, you can prevent these surprises from ruining the entire schedule.
The easiest way to do this is to contemplate risk on your schedule – on all activities. As a person experienced in this industry, you know where the surprises are most likely to show up. Do not create a schedule based only on what would happen in the best-case scenario. Instead, build in some wiggle room so that you have breathing room.
Scheduling, at its core, involves taking truisms from previous projects and applying them to future projects. While you do want to look at data when deciding on your schedule, you should not do when it means ignoring logic altogether. Creating critical paths based on the past makes sense on paper but it needs to make sense logically as well.
Are you ready to move forward with your scheduling process? Then you are ready to learn more about what is offered by ECL Software at 800-625-5972. We are here to help you just get it all done, as quickly, easily, and correctly as possible.