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A Practical Guide to Disruption and Productivity Loss on Construction and Engineering Projects by Roger Gibson

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Appendix 2 Standards for the Levels of a Programme or Schedule

Client’s or owner’s programme/schedule

The purpose of the client’s or owner’s programme/schedule is to set out the clients/owners desired overall time requirements for the project.

A number of different types of organisation might produce the client’s/owner’s programme or schedule. This could be the client/owner themselves, their project manager, an architect, engineer or QS. This will vary from industry to industry and will be largely dependent upon the structure and contractual arrangements of the individual project.

The purpose of this programme/schedule is to inform the project participants what the client/owner wants to be achieved. This programme/schedule is sometimes used as the basis for obtaining tenders for the work that follows. It is also sometimes used to describe the client’s vision or aspirations, in terms of time, appointments, phasing, handovers and the like.

Rarely is this programme/schedule based on a critical path analysis. Sometimes, it is not presented as a programme or schedule at all, instead being described by a set of dates in a contract, enquiry document, or as a set of milestone target dates to be achieved. This often lays out the major date time frames for design, procurement, assembly, production, construction, etc.

This programme/schedule has not been included within the standard levels as defined in this section as this programme/schedule invariably is not part of the main ...

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