Whereas previous chapters focused more on tactical use of the schedule to manage specific components of the project, such as production, time, resources, and costs, this chapter will consider strategic scheduling applications as they relate to the overall project, including consideration of the legal aspects of the schedule.
This chapter begins by considering the role of the schedule and the variety of operational schedules available to the project manager, which leads to a discussion of the ways in which scheduling information can be organized and can be presented.
The first application considered is the line-of-balance schedule used as a tool for managing projects that are repetitive, either horizontally or vertically. Disturbances and delays to the project are a normal part of construction. The schedule can be used to identify delays, analyze their impact, and devise means to mitigate and remediate the delays. Changes and delays often lead into the legal realm. One dominant cause of delay is weather, which affects almost all construction.
Learning objectives for this chapter include: