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(CSC-3791) Extra! Extra! Read All About It! The Schedule Narrative Tool

Level: Intermediate
TCM Section(s):
9.2. Progress and Performance Measurement
10.3. Change Management
Venue: 2022 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: The project schedule, particularly on large, complex, and extended construction projects is a tool used to convey anticipated milestone dates and the project completion date.Oftentimes, the logic and necessary detail needed to include project activities, changes, architectural supplemental instructions, unforeseen events, differing site conditions, and overall project delays complicate the owner's review of these schedules.When delays are incorporated into schedules that seek compensable damages from a project owner, it becomes critical to explicitly convey substantiated, timely reasons that the delay is excusable and compensable.In order to simplify the review of project schedules, the schedule narrative is a tool that can be added to the contractor's periodic schedule submissions.A schedule narrative can be tailored to include clear explanations of events, identify weather delays, the origin of a delay activity and established notice, the contractor's measure of compensable time, responsible party action to mitigate delays/advance the project, and can provide a forecast of any changes in the completion date.The clarity provided by an all-inclusive schedule narrative will unquestionably convey project circumstances in clear written form. The preparation of the schedule narrative as a beneficial tool for the owner, contractor, and designer will be discussed in this paper.