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11 Benefits of Creating a Construction Schedule before Work Starts
June 3rd, 2015
Every project has a construction schedule. Not only does the schedule outline how quickly the work will get done, it also outlines how the work will get done. The schedule defines the sequence and method in which the materials will be put in place. Thus, the earlier the schedule is put on paper (or computer screen, tablet, etc.) and communicated to the project team, the better.
The construction scheduler needs to think through how to put in place the proposed elements while maintaining the integrity of the design. The scheduler must understand the proposed scope of work and the details affecting the connection of each component in order to create a proper construction schedule. The schedule should build into the sequences a maximum level of efficiency and productivity for each contractor or subcontractor involved in the placement and assembly of the various components and systems.
By knowing the actual lead times and the way materials will be assembled, a good scheduler can evaluate several possible installation sequences to arrive at the most productive sequence. Avoiding improvisation imposed by last minute surprises, or lack of foresight, benefits a project by preventing unnecessary costs and delays.
Here are 11 benefits of creating a construction schedule before the work begins.
- Generating knowledge of the details and fewer surprises well into the project by the need to pre-plan the project
- Maximizing quality control measures by properly sequencing the work
- Improving planning of resources such as labor and equipment
- Enhancing coordination efforts between client and construction operations
- Buying-out materials and critical elements with enough lead time
- Submitting shop drawings, samples and data sheets in timely fashion
- Giving the affected parties such as the subs, vendors, designers and client time to better plan their own activities
- Improving safety performance by sequencing the activities to ensure maximum protection for workers
- Decreasing risk of damage to adjacent property and installed work leading to a reduced punch list
- Pricing winter protection measures accurately by knowing which weather sensitive activities will be put in place during cold weather and the duration of those activities
- Achieving the highest level of productivity in order to complete the project in the shortest timeframe reasonably possible
The Construction Industry Institute (CII) conducted a study and found that a positive, quantifiable relationship exists between the effort expended during the pre-project planning phase and the ultimate success of a project.
There is no substitute for proper planning. Success in every endeavor comes with appropriate planning and the hard work required to implement the plan. A properly prepared schedule will yield many benefits for all team members. We should all plan for success.