Construction schedules or programmes look great on paper or the computer screen, yet can hide errors that can make them worthless – even dangerous. They are an essential tool to getting the project completed on time. Personally I wouldn’t undertake a project without a construction schedule – even if it’s a simple hand drawn schedule.
Unfortunately many schedules aren’t workable because some basic principles were forgotten. I have had clients want me to build the 2nd floor before the first – which as you can imagine in most cases isn’t feasible. Then there are facilities that are completed but can’t be operated because someone forgot to connect the utilities or services. We have probably all worked on projects in the rainy season, yet the schedule still expected us to be excavating and concreting foundations every day. Many schedules fail to take into account manufacturing lead times and some clients seem to think that contractors can receive a drawing and should be pouring concrete the next day – resources and materials are conveniently waiting on a shelf – immediately available and waiting to be called upon.
The one thing that’s worse than not having a construction schedule is having a schedule that is incorrect. Yet, many schedules aren’t correct. Here are a few common mistakes.
What mistakes have you encountered on schedules?
Were you able to overcome these problems?
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