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(PS-3427) Successful Design Scheduling

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Level: Intermediate
TCM Section(s):
7.1. Project Scope and Execution Strategy Development
2.4. Project Control Process Map
Venue: 2020 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: Delays often originate within the Architectural and Engineering (A/E) design effort, and the schedules developed to plan, organize, and monitor design tend to be high-level and not very effective to accurately model the work at a level of detail that allows for on time, on budget and with quality completion.When the schedule does not provide the right level of detail or complexity, its value for monitoring is limited.Sometimes there is even a failure to recognize the difference between consumed hours and progress.Failure to use the right schedule can lead to performance issues resulting in late design delivery, over budget delivery, or poor quality design delivery or any combination thereof.

A well designed and managed A/E design schedule promotes quick and accurate updates, supports proactive analysis to minimize delays and claims, and aligns with other project controls functions to enable integrated cost-schedule-risk design scheduling.

The authors, working for firms that provide engineering design services, have experience in working with the designers to develop the right level of detail for the design portion of a project, to establish a stage-gate approach to design milestones so they can align with cost, schedule, and risk monitoring, and so performance can be accurately measured.The authors bring a wide range of perspectives, from process engineering design scheduling, to design-build A/E scheduling, to construction manager (CM) agency A/E monitoring, to CM at risk A/E support scheduling.This paper will offer a proven approach that demonstrates guidelines for schedule design, development, monitoring, analysis, updating, and reporting, as well as set the benchmark to facilitate mitigation when necessary.