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(PS-2171) RTFC – Preparing Project Contract or Baseline Schedules

Primary Author: Edward E. Douglas, III CCP PSP FAACE Hon. Life
Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Practice
Venue: 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract: The contract documents provide the participants with the guide to the scope and technical requirements for the project. The project scheduler must achieve a thorough understanding of the contract documents in order to develop a complete and accurate project contract or baseline schedule. Preparing the project baseline or contract schedule is a labor intensive planning effort which requires an understanding of the scope of work, knowledge of the key technical tasks, procurements and deliverables as well as the sequence and timing for project execution. The project management team must be involved in the development of schedule tasks, activity sequences and durations and proactively participate in schedule reviews during the contract schedule development process. This paper will discuss how to locate the important schedule details in the contract documents for use in the baseline schedule development process. Techniques will also be discussed that can be used to speed the schedule development process such as the use of schedule templates, modular CPM schedule series and successful use of schedules extracted from similar historic projects.