This article started out as a review of a schedule specification clause in a recently updated standard form document. In the process of getting comments on the form from the author’s local contacts, I received instead a range of comments on the use, or non-use, of schedules, and blaming specs for being either too detailed or non-existent. As a reader of ConstructionPro Week, you may have noticed we often advocate for active use of schedules on construction projects. Larger and more complex projects can benefit from the use of critical path method (CPM) scheduling software.
This past December, the ConsensusDocs coalition announced updates to more than a dozen of its standard form contracts, some released this past December and others in early 2017 (see ConstructionPro Week Vol. 5 – Issue 48, 12/16/2017). ConsensusDocs® 200, Standard Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Constructor received an important update to the project schedule clause. Article 6.2, Schedule of the Work, now requires the use of critical path method (CPM) scheduling concepts, including “… (a) a graphical representation of all activities and events, including float values that will affect the critical path of the Work, and (b) identifies dates that are critical to ensure the timely and orderly completion of the Work.” Read more.