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(CDR-2212) Choosing the Most Appropriate Schedule Analysis Method

Primary Author: Andrew Avalon, PE PSP
Audience Focus: Advanced
Application Type: Practice
Venue: 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract: AACE International’s Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis (RP 29R-03) presents nine different methodologies for performing schedule analyses. Some schedule analysis methods are better suited for certain purposes than others. Each method is unique in its applicability to a given set of project specifics, including: type of project, legal jurisdiction, contract documents, dispute resolution mechanism, fact pattern, and other project execution factors. A mismatch between project specifics and the selected methodology can substantially undermine a party’s chance of recovery, add unnecessary costs, and distract from factual entitlement issues.

Familiarity with the key elements of RP 29R-03 and a clear understanding of the core assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of the recommended methodologies is a basic, yet critical, step for properly implementing a schedule analysis. This paper presents an overview of each of the nine schedule analysis methodologies, the nomenclature used to categorize the different methods, and the strengths and limitations of each method. It then discusses eleven factors a forensic schedule analyst should consider when choosing the most appropriate schedule analysis method.