Category Archives: Construction Management

Ten Cardinal Rules to Good Schedule BL Management

When client and contractor start throwing accusations against each other surrounding schedule baseline, one can easily conclude that a problem or issue is brewing. It can turn into big risks (Frago, Schedule Baseline Dilemma Part 1, 2015). Resolving the contentions between opposing parties can take long and potentially, can end in disaster.

To prevent such occurrence, the project must start with the right foot forward. The project manager, all his planners, and schedulers, including his contract administrators must have a solid understanding on how the project intends to manage schedule baselines.

If baseline management is not part of the plan, the project is trekking on dangerous territory. Continue reading

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Effects of Constraints to Critical Path

Identifying and validating project constraints affecting the schedule is an important part of monitoring and control. Constraints for the most part are project assumptions.

Treat them with caution and respect.

“Once started, the project is actually operating under three big traditional major constraints* of cost, time, and scope (*note that PMBOK had recently came up with six constraints).

Constraints imposed on activities are multiple limitations that will most likely further make it challenging and difficult to manage time.”

The critical path ultimately dictates the duration of the project. For this reason, a planning and scheduling person has to understand how constraints affect the schedule.
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Setting the Critical Path

In the big situation, a man’s blind belief usually ends in disaster. Continue reading

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The Risky Future of Oil

In risk-based management, one tries to anticipate the risk. The risk is either a threat or an opportunity. The issues of today are the risks of the past. The risks of the future are driven by the issues and problems of today. How the issues are addressed today will decide what happen in the future. These are fundamentals of risk and risk-based management. The risky future of oil points to the events that threaten it and the opportunities that come close behind ( Frago, R., 2015.Risk-based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities: A Project Controls Perspective).

No one expert knows exactly how much oil out there exceeds the global volumetric demand but all seem to agree that the entire world is drowning in it. The Gulf countries, foremost Saudi Arabia are reportedly pumping at almost maximum capacity without blinking an eye.

There are now more than three billion barrels of excess supply in world oil markets, according to the International Energy Agency last November 2015. It its latest monthly report, the IEA said this “massive cushion” of excess supply has grown as oil prices have fallen to a new normal of around $50 billion barrels a day (The Telegraph, 2015). We can all extrapolate what is the current figure as of today and we won’t be dead wrong.

With Iran back on play, it won’t be long before the Iranians fully open their discharge valve occupying whatever space is left to take. This Saudis are doing all they can to protect and even grow market shares. The object is to prevent arch rival Iran from surging back with vengeance. It means that whatever good things the last twelve months retreat shelving drilling, exploration, and billions worth of projects, truth of the matter is, it might not be enough. Continue reading

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Integrated Schedule, a Must Have in Program Management

Program management is the process of managing several related projects typically to enhance an organization’s outlook, better its industry reputation, to improve overall productivity and to avail of long-term opportunities.

Management of interdependent multiple projects call for an integrated approach. Interdependent in a sense that some activities of one project cannot start or finish without the predecessor project activities completed. For small to medium size program portfolio, effectively managing the overall and overarching schedule can still be quite challenging for Project Managers.

Program managers have to find a method of doing away the time-consuming collection of data by offering a common database of information and the same scheduling environment with “what you see is what you get” quality. Without such interface relationships crossing individual project schedules, a fast and accurate identification of critical work becomes manual, tedious, and lengthy if not impossible. Continue reading

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Risk-based Management: Data Maturity, Integration, Risk and Execution

The overall execution plan loses substance when important pieces are missing. It can also lose its essence when many smaller project elements are absent, through their cumulative effect.

Data maturity is a project attribute project managers have to deal with in some intelligent way. They seek to formulate a way to address missing and incomplete information and to strike a balance somehow. It is very risky trying to integrate a project with missing or incomplete work scope. Filling in an information space with assumed fill-in data is a risky trade-off.

Quality is frequently a victim of time. Think about it. Try doing anything quicker than normal. What will happen to the quality of any endeavor compared to one given enough time? Right you are! We will see resources skipping steps, doing shortcuts, circumventing rules, violating regulations, lying, cheating, sugarcoating, and many others. The adverse consequences, to name a few includes reworks, higher safety incidents, project suspension, strikes, disputes, litigation, lay-offs, and bunches of other bad news. All these will potentially happen because quality has deteriorated. Continue reading

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Conducting Project Analysis: Using PIRCAD Approach Part 1

Faced with a question on how one would analyze a problematic situation on the spot without going to any existing analytic templates and guidelines, the PIRCAD approach was born. The acronym is odd sounding but easy to remember. It simply … Continue reading

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Conducting Project Analysis: Using PIRCAD Approach Part 2

This is a continuation of Using PIRCAD Approach Part 1. If one thinks about it deeply, an analysis is only required because of change. A problem is brought to fore by something that has changed. It is solvable while an … Continue reading

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SCAFFOLDING HOURS: What are they? Directs or Indirects? Part 2

In the first article on “SCAFFOLDING HOURS, What are they? Directs or Indirects? Part 1”, we looked at scaffolding hours as direct hours. We observed a project progress plan that considers all scaffolding work as direct hours, thus adding 31,518 … Continue reading

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SCAFFOLDING HOURS: What are they? Directs or Indirects? Part 1

Since scaffolding can easily account for a substantial 5% to 15% or more of construction hours, it is a very significant value in terms of progress. Once it becomes a part of the progressing process, and the resources quantity uploaded … Continue reading

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