Construction planning and construction scheduling are two different activities. In this video, Jim describes the difference and explains that planning should start during the estimating phase while scheduling begins after the contract is awarded.
- Before we jump in to any of these tasks, let's make sure we're all on the same page regarding some basic terminology. I hear the terms planning and scheduling used interchangeably all the time and this is wrong. They're not the same thing. Planning a construction project is very different from scheduling a construction project. Proper and accurate scheduling is never possible without good planning. Planning is really looking at a project to determine what needs to be done, how it's going to be done, and who is going to do it.
Once that information is complete, you can use it to do the scheduling and that's really the process of figuring out when each of these tasks are going to be performed. Ideally, planning is done during the estimating process. That's the time to figure out how the project's going to be built. In other words, the plans and specs tell us what to build, but they usually don't tell us how to get there. That's what planning is, answering that question of how is this going to get built. You need that logic, that sequencing, figured out in advance to determine accurate costs and provide accurate pricing and it really takes an experienced person, or team of people, to develop that plan.
If a good, sound plan was used to develop the bid, you can then use that plan to work from to develop the schedule after you're awarded the job. Let's continue and break down that planning process just a little bit more.
This course identifies the steps needed to develop a proper plan, and demonstrates how that plan is transformed into a construction schedule. Throughout the course, instructor Jim Rogers shares examples of his own successes and failures in the areas of construction planning and scheduling, so as to lend real-world context to the concepts he covers.
- Types of schedules
- Planning versus scheduling
- Work breakdown structure
- Developing a schedule
- Creating a network model
- Assigning durations, costs, and resources
- Identifying the critical path
- Letting the software do the calculations
- Checking and updating the schedule
- Scheduling's impact on productivity