Three Construction Scheduling Lessons We’ve Learned from COVID-19
If there’s one thing we can learn from COVID-19, it is how to improve construction development scheduling. At ECL Software, we offer innovative construction collaboration software that helps numerous parties stay in tune with their scheduling and much more. Keep reading to learn more or contact us at 800-625-5972 for your free demo.
- Make Sure Your Progress Data is Accurate One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that you confirm how accurate your progress data is. You do not want to over-status, or under-status as this can lead to serious confusion, disagreements, added costs, and unnecessary delays. When looking at the data in the schedule, double-check that it accurately represents progress from when a step is required to when requesting time and money for impacts. Getting ahead of schedule is the best way to avoid surprises.
- Focus on Creating High-Quality Schedules Of course, no one would go into the process with the intention of creating a low-quality schedule, yet it happens all the time. When we say high quality, we are talking about the structural integrity of the schedule itself. We are discussing an analysis of the best practices in scheduling. If you can confirm that the schedule is constructed with best practices, then it can be a very effective tool used to manage work moving forward. However, if you do not have a quality schedule, you can expect that projects are going to be headed in the wrong direction, and teams are not going to be clear on what comes next. In short, you can expect further delays if the schedule is not of high quality.
- Assure the Schedule is Feasible This is just as important as the other two tips on this list. You can create a schedule that looks great on paper but is it realistic? Is it feasible? It is all too common that critical path delays occur without end dates changing. This puts everyone in an impossible situation and goes against the principles of scheduling.
Not only do you need to make sure the schedule is feasible at the time of creation, but you want to make sure that you are making updates based on logistics, performance, durations, calendars, and other common-sense principles. The goal here is to prevent projects from being sent down a path that is lined with delays, disagreements, and inefficient movements. Ensure that the current project schedule is not too aggressive and that it is actually achievable.