Last week I published an article ‘how useful is the construction schedule/program on your project’ which discussed important considerations to take into account when preparing and using a construction schedule. Judging by some comments it would appear some see a construction schedule as an irritating document that just wastes time, or is an instrument for clients to torture their contractors.
However, I would never execute a construction project without a schedule. Sometimes for small construction projects it may just be a simple hand-drawn sketch bar-chart. For large projects it could be a detailed construction schedule using specialised software with a hundred or even thousands of tasks. Sometimes the detailed schedule is developed from my hand drawn sketch. In some instances the schedule could take a pictorial form.
Here are 10 reasons why I consider a construction schedule to be an important aid on my projects?
Other similar useful articles by the author are:
‘The importance of planning your construction project’
‘What you need to know to close out your project successfully’
‘Understanding the real cost of delays on your construction project’
(Paul Netscher is the author of the acclaimed books ‘Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide’ [a required text for Bachelor of Construction Management at some universities] and ‘Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide’. Both books are available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and other retail outlets. This article is adapted from information included in these books.)
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