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Maintaining a schedule when working with a construction project is essential to ensure the project is completed on time and professionally. Scheduling should be a major part of the construction process and helps keep the project to stay on budget and on time. With a schedule, the tasks will be easier to execute. Scheduling also lists the sequence of each phase of the project and how each stage of a project should be done. A project schedule should also allow for unanticipated events.

Why is Scheduling Important?

A project schedule can be either a written or graphical representation of how the project is to be completed. You can use narrative, descriptions, or a list. Using a bar chart schedule is also helpful.

The construction project schedule should be a part of a contractor’s bid. The schedule also represents an estimate of the time needed to finish the project.

What are the Basics of Scheduling?

Construction projects always require the contractor to finish the project within a certain time period or determined completion date. Each project schedule needs to include a detailed description or representation of how the contractor intends to work on the project or the work scope. The work scope is determined by the schedule’s activities, how long each phase should take, and the project’s sequence.

A project schedule is a project management tool telling the investor and the contractor when the project should be finished. The schedule is used to predict how the work progresses.

Why Are Project Schedules Needed?

Construction projects are complex and usually have a tight budget. Schedules help to manage projects. The construction project management schedule advises the project participants on working on each phase of the project. All elements of the project are coordinated with a schedule.

A project schedule has been required by litigation. Construction companies have been sued because of delayed projects, and with a schedule, the owner and the contractor are aware of what changes will delay the project. Essentially, time is money, and a schedule will provide a map of how the project should and is being completed.

A schedule will help in the success of projects. Time is money, and a schedule helps ensure that the project is done on time and within budget.

Why use Critical Path Method Scheduling?

CPM or Critical Path Method Scheduling shows all the work elements that need to be done in the project. The schedule includes preparation, submission, review, procurement of assets, and actual construction. The schedule may also show what needs to be done and when. In other words, a schedule shows what phase of the project needs to be completed before another phase is started.
CPM keeps the project on track. It allows for a mathematical formula to predict the conclusion of the project.

A schedule also allows the work to be prioritized. It also gives the contractors the option to assign resources to complete the work efficiently. A CPM project schedule allows the team to assign responsibilities and costs and ensure each phase of the project is on track. A schedule also forecasts the costs, the expenditures of labor hours, and delays over the project.