Construction Schedules: An Element of Success Part 2
In a perfect world construction projects would be virtually error-free and always finished ahead of schedule (or at least on time). However, that is not the reality of today’s construction environment, which is often unpredictable and laden with disputes. Our Florida construction attorneys understand the great impact scheduling has on the completion of a project and that if not managed properly, mistakes can abound. This portion of our article will talk about the mistakes you should avoid and how to have success with scheduling. If you have not already, we encourage you to read part one of the article.
Scheduling Mistakes to Avoid
Contractors must be sure to pay attention to the scheduling process because their reputation is on the line. In addition to their reputation, the schedule can impact the outcome of a time-related claim should a dispute arise. The most common mistakes contractors make with scheduling include:
- Failing to consider restraints (i.e., weather, physical)
- Not properly accounting for resources
- Not taking inspections into consideration
- Furnishing incomplete schedules
- Manipulating schedules (i.e., overrides, constrained dates, lead and lag calculations)
- Overlooking the procurement process
- Failing to take activity sequencing into account
- Methods or estimates do not line up with the schedule
- Failure to balance workers with workloads
The Way to Success
Being proactive is the best way to stay ahead of the game in the construction industry. This requires thoughtful planning of what could go wrong over the course of a project by allocating the right amount of time and funds to handle the unexpected. Contractors must provide both a high-level and sub-task level view of daily tasks. Dependencies must also be accounted for and they must also be in logical order, which will help avoid delays in the building process. As always, accurate and consistent documentation that spans every stage of the project is critical for gaining the advantage in a delay dispute.