Jim explains that this course teaches the overall concepts of proper construction planning and construction scheduling, including identifying the critical path on a construction project, or CPM, and explains that there are other courses that teach how to apply this knowledge using specific software programs.
- Let me go over a little bit about of what I'll cover in this course, and talk about a few related topics that we cover in other courses. This is a course on construction, planning, and scheduling. It's really meant for somebody that is at least somewhat familiar with the construction process. If you're new to construction, you might benefit from jumping over to my Construction Management Foundations Course here in the online library. In this course, I'll talk about the planning process. And then I'll demonstrate how to generate a construction schedule.
I'll primarily demonstrate and describe a scheduling concept known as the President's Diagramming Method or PDM, and it's use to arrive to what's known as the Critical Path in a construction schedule. I think this is the most widely used method in the construction industry today and it's the concept that most of the construction scheduling software programs utilize when they generate a schedule. This particular course though, is not a software course. We have those too. And I will show you how some of the concepts I discuss look when they're plugged in to Microsoft Project.
But, this is not a course on how to use all the functions and features in that software. Consider this course the first step. This is where you learn the difference between planning and scheduling. It's where you learn how to link activities to form a schedule. And it's where you learn about some of the important impacts the proper scheduling can have on a construction project. Now that you know what to expect, let's get started.
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