Implementation of time management plan


Thomas J. Driscoll, FCMAA

Senior Vice President, Hill International

On Time Project Delivery

The construction process is a complex undertaking. It involves many different activities and participants from initial planning through execution. The requisite tasks, and the roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect engineers, construction managers, contractors, and subcontractors can be organized in a number of different ways to deliver a construction project. Despite these many options, building a major construction project today without experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns is often the exception. While there are many factors that can contribute to these poor results, there are two key success factors: effectively managing time and change.

The Importance of Time

Time, with its associated costs, are vitally important for each participant in the construction process including the lender, owner, architect engineers, contractor, and subcontractors, as well as those who provide bonding and insurance coverage. Effective management and the administration of the contract time and change provisions are central to the avoidance and mitigation extended time and cost overruns. To enhance the odds of a successful project outcome, it is essential for participants in the construction process to have a basic understanding of:

• Critical path scheduling techniques, the associated scheduling specifications, and the software involved.
• Delay and how it occurs.
• The pros and cons of various schedule and delay methodologies being used by project participants and

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