You don’t have to work in the construction field to know that not all construction projects complete on time. Delays, changes, and errors all occur within the entire project that impact the scheduled time frame, consequently disrupting the overall completion. It’s a rule of thumb to implement a proper schedule impact technique in order to minimize any delays.
One of the primary goals of every project is for it to be completed on time and within budget. As obvious and easy as it sounds, there are plenty of factors that can and will throw it off course.
An ideal project consists of early starts and early finishes. Deadlines are always met and the contractor never requests a time extension for the project. These scenarios rarely exist in today’s construction projects. Some of it has to do with human error, and some of it comes from natural causes like the weather.
A schedule impact analysis is a key element in a construction project. It is a representative of the entire project, from start to finish. It calculates the entire planned duration of the project and apportions the effect of delays or changes on a project. Most construction advisory services will relay the same thing to you if you consult with them.
Repercussions Without Proper Scheduling
As mentioned earlier, a key element to a construction project is proper schedule impact technique. Without incorporating this into your internal strategy, you won’t be able to accurately quantify the impact of a delay or how much damages will come out of it. If, for instance, you use the total duration of a delay for the number of days and measure based off of simple numbers, you’re essentially digging yourself in a hole. The truth is, many construction projects don’t necessarily care about documenting the small details and occurrences because they feel that they lack importance. Well, when you’re analyzing your construction claim analysis, you won’t have anything to fall back on to push forward with the claim. Such is the life for many of today’s construction projects.
Instead, assess using critical path analysis and consider every influence on the project. Documentation is hugely important when delay claims arise. By effectively incorporating schedule impact analysis techniques, you’ll be able to accurately represent each area of the delay and then come up with a solution to avoid these issues in the future.
Lyle Charles, of Lyle Charles Consulting, is a construction consultant with over 40 years experience working with steel.