As those in the construction industry are aware, construction projects have many moving parts. The number of people on site, variety of resources, and a long list of activities must be coordinated properly to make sure that deadlines are met and a well-built structure is produced. Accurate scheduling is the basis for proper workflow in construction. Without it, resources are not utilized properly and delays happen. This may lead to a loss of revenue and claims being filed. However, scheduling is a meticulous process that, due to time constraints, isn’t always done correctly.
The Tallahassee construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law understand there is a great deal of pressure to simply “get it done” in the construction industry. However, scheduling is such a big ally, that it can’t be denied. That’s why we have produced this two-part guide describing common scheduling mistakes to avoid.
Inaccurately Accounting for Dependencies
Many activities in the construction process are dependent upon the completion of other activities. These dependencies must be accounted for in scheduling. This problem is a particular issue for those using scheduling software for which dependencies must be inputted. Simply put, the installation of plumbing and wiring must take place prior to the placement of insulation in drywall. These dependencies must be included in your initial schedule.
Setting Unrealistic Schedules
At times, stakeholders may put pressure on general contractors to meet a certain deadline for project completion, especially if the structure being produced leads to revenue generation. This may cause a GC to create a schedule that doesn’t properly account for dependencies and constraints that can delay the construction process.
Especially during hurricane season in Florida, it’s important to account for delays caused by inclement weather. Not doing so can adversely impact your construction project.
Not Accounting for Available Resources
At any given time, multiple activities may be taking place on a construction site. These activities may call for the same resource, like a crane for instance. GC’s must consider what resources they have available and what aspects of the project will need those resources. Then they must schedule accordingly.
For more construction scheduling mistakes to avoid, visit part two of this series.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.