The schedule plays a central role in construction project management. In Chapters 4, “Project Planning,” and 5, “Project Scheduling Concepts,” the project plan was developed, and then, based upon an extensive set of calculations, the time characteristics were developed for the project as a whole as well as for each activity. In Chapter 6, “Production Planning,” the production plan was developed.
Once the initial schedule is developed, it represents a powerful tool that can be used in managing various aspects of the project, including time, resources, production, and cost. As the project progresses and the project management team recognizes more of the details that affect the construction process, the schedule will be modified to evolve with the project.
This chapter concentrates on using the schedule to manage the time required to execute the construction processes. It begins by considering the project as a whole, determining how to shorten the overall project schedule, and looking at the cost trade-offs of expediting the project. It then focuses on current or upcoming parts of the project with the objective of managing the project components more effectively.
Learning objectives for this chapter include: