Scheduling is the ability to get the subcontractors on the
project at the correct time and in the correct sequence. Most
builders use Gantt (bar) chart schedules. Builders start with
a base schedule and then make adjustments during the construction
process. With computer software creating schedules and managing
projects has never been easier.
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The key to successful scheduling is updating your schedule
and regular communication. As you adjust your schedule to
reflect the reality of the project, keep the subcontractor
abreast of the new timeline.
Contractors use The Gantt Chart (bar
chart) to create their schedule. It provides a graphical overview
of the project and each task, its duration, relationship between
other tasks and the start and finish dates. Our customizable
construction schedules provide the following information:
- Sequence of tasks
- Duration of each task (days, hours or weeks, etc.)
- Relationship between other tasks
- Simultaneous events
- Critical path
Sequence of Tasks
It would be difficult if not impossible to manage a construction
project if you didn't know the sequence of events. Who would
you call and when? Most people know that the foundation must
be built before the framing begins. However, many people don't
realize the number of subcontractors that will be involved
in constructing a basement foundation: Concrete foundation,
concrete flatwork, HVAC, Plumbing, dampproofing, excavation,
underground drains, etc. Knowing the correct sequence is critical
to getting a project completed on time. With our customizable
schedules you can easily change the duration or sequence of
tasks. Tasks can also be added or deleted.
Duration of Tasks
The duration of each task depends on a few factors, the size
of the project, the manpower used, and the complexity of the
design to name a few. Each task duration is fully adjustable.
As you adjust the length of the current tasks, related tasks
will automatically be adjusted. As critical tasks are adjusted
the project duration is automatically adjusted.
Relationship between tasks
Most construction tasks are interrelated. The siding can't
start until the housewrap is installed. Our construction schedules
show which tasks are related, and which ones aren't.
Certain tasks can be happening at the same time. If
you know which tasks can be performed together the project
will be completed in less time. Many times two unrelated subs
can be working on the interior finishes, while another sub
can be working on exterior finishes. Our construction schedules
show when simultaneous tasks are possible.
The critical path is the sequence of tasks that determines
the duration of the project. If a task on the critical path
is delayed by one (1) day, the project is delayed by one (1)
day. For example, if the plumbers crew goes on vacation for
one (1) week during the plumbing rough in, the project completion
will be delayed by one (1) week. The interior plumbing is
a critical path item because subsequent tasks cannot begin
until it is completed. As critical path items are delayed
or condensed all subsequent tasks are automatically adjusted.
Our schedule shows which items are on the critical path
Your foundation will determine which schedule is the best
one for you project. We have created our schedules based on
the type of foundation. The foundation is where each schedule
is different. If you are not sure what type of foundation
you will use here is a general guideline (most common listed
crawlspace, basement, monolithic, stem wall with slab
Rocky Mountain: basement,
crawlspace, stem wall w/slab
stem wall w/slab
monolithic, stem wall w/slab
Atlantic coast: monolithic,
crawlspace, stem wall w/slab, basement
Microsoft Project™ or Adepttracker™ Pro
2.0 is required to customize the schedules. Adepttracker Pro
2.0 can be downloaded for free trial at: http://www.adepttracker.com
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