What is a Construction Project Schedule?
When it comes to construction management, maintaining a construction project schedule is one of the most important parts of a project. A well-planned schedule helps minimize downtime and ensures that all parts of the project are completed on-time and on-budget.
The lifecycle of a construction project begins when an owner identifies a market need and ends when the project is completed and turned over to the owner. A well-executed construction project schedule outlines each step and provides dates for completion.
Keeping Construction Projects On-Time and On-Budget
Construction schedules are the basis of many financial outcomes. The development of early schedules can be useful for forecasting completion and milestones that can affect financial decisions.
Baseline schedules are crucial to keeping construction projects on-time and on-budget. It’s never too early to have a plan and know your timeline. Understanding the basics of scheduling is a necessary part of the development and management of construction projects.
Planning a Construction Project Schedule
There are a number of things that should be considered when planning a construction project schedule. Design, necessary permits and cost must all be taken into consideration. The scheduling process forces the contractor to imagine how they will complete the project. It provides a thorough planning process and helps create a clear plan that can be shared with everyone else involved.
Construction schedules typically focus on two major aspects; determining how long each activity will take to complete and determining who is responsible for completing each activity.
Benefits of a Well-Planned Construction Schedule
A properly executed construction schedule can help manage materials, labor and equipment. It also allows for adjustments to accommodate unexpected events. This allows construction management to complete projects on-time and on-budget.
Construction schedules help identify and manage the activities necessary to complete each task as well as the order in which each task must be completed.
Quality Construction Scheduling and Management
Spire Consulting Group provides quality construction project scheduling and management. Spire utilizes standard industry scheduling methods and software to develop, monitor, and report progression of construction projects. This allows us to alert our clients of potential problems and corrective actions. For more information about construction scheduling, please view our white paper. Download here.