By Bruce Jervis
On large, complex construction projects, a detailed schedule is a necessity for effective performance. On projects of a limited scope, scheduling discrete activities may seem like a superfluous effort and unnecessary expense. But even on small projects, contractors act at their peril if they fail to prepare as-planned schedules and maintain as-built schedules. Read more.
A construction schedule provides the contractor with an analytical tool to help plan and manage the work, and gives the owner a method of tracking its contractor’s progress. It is also the tool of choice to help determine the cause and extent of time extensions, as noted in today’s lead article. Most federal, and many public and private, construction contracts have a schedule clause that specifies the role of the schedule on the project and may go into detail about what software, if any, should be used and the ground rules for its use. This past few weeks we have analyzed recent changes in federal government guide specifications for schedules, as they contain requirements that can affect both the cost and effort a contractor needs to plan and maintain its schedule, as well as nuances that can affect its ability to recover cost and time for delays.
In the March 20 and April 4 issues of ConstructionPro Week, we reported on changes in the February 2015 updates of the “Project Schedule” and the "Small Projects" clauses of The Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS). This week we look at the third UFGS schedule specification update - UFGS-01 32 17.00 20 - Cost Loaded Network Analysis Schedules (NAS). Read more...