The Holloway Consulting Group is an international construction consulting firm, and one of our roles is serving clients as CPM Scheduling Consultants. Some of The Holloway Consulting Group’s experiences as CPM Scheduling Consultants are shown at Construction Design, Schedule Delay and Damages Claims and our blog at Construction Schedule Delay Claims covers some of the basic schedule delay concepts that we use as CPM Scheduling Consultants.
MITIGATION OF CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS
A contractor can do a lot prior to construction to increase the chances for profitability, reduce the likelihood of claims and, in the event of a claim, to better position itself for recovery. This is particularly true with respect to the development of a sound bid and cost control budget. The subsequent preparation of long-term and short-term schedules, the proper application of contractual language in scheduling clauses, and the administration of the schedule over the life of the project are also important, and are the subject of this article.
AS-PLANNED SCHEDULES i
The As-Planned Schedule is the schedule developed by the contractor and approved by the owner at the beginning of the project. The guidelines for preparation, approval, and maintenance of the as-planned, or baseline schedule, may be made a part of the contract documents. That being the case, the importance of the as-planned schedule will have been formally established.
The need for a high quality as-planned Critical Path Method (CPM) construction schedule containing administration, engineering, procurement, approval, construction and closeout activities, prepared by senior contractor personnel with subcontractor input, cannot be overemphasized because it:
1. Represents the contractor’s plan to carry out the work, and forms the basis for executing the project, including the contractor’s means, methods and sequences.
2. Forms the basis of the contractor and owner’s deliverables, milestones and procurement, and may consider the contractor’s resource and owner’s funding constraints.
3. Provides a sound working tool to carry out day-to-day management activities, while a poorly thought-out schedule will often lead to poor work execution.
4. Becomes the baseline for what the parties foresee at the beginning of a project.
5. Provides a basis for progress measurement and applications for payment.
6. Is a tool for analyzing impacts to the contract, developing alternate plans and demonstrating entitlement to delay, disruption, out-of-sequence work and acceleration .
In the absence of a properly developed and updated schedule reflecting the basis of the bid pricing, the management of the project and resolution of time-related and inefficiency disputes usually becomes much more challenging.
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