The Proactive Approach of Project Scheduling
Gallego Consulting Services (GCS), Inc. is an approved Caltrans DBE/SMBE firm (#34604) and provides development, maintenance and analysis of all aspects of project scheduling using the Critical Path Method (CPM). GCS has a proven history of expediting the project schedule approval process by being very proactive in its approach to reviewing and analyzing submitted project schedules. GCS specializes in the use of Primavera project scheduling software including Project Planner (P3) and SureTrak.
When implementing the project schedule specification, GCS will strive to maintain an accurate and contemporaneous project schedule by requiring monthly scheduling meetings with the Contractor.
To help facilitate and implement GCS’ proactive approach, audio-visual techniques are used during all scheduling meetings. The project schedule is projected onto a screen and jointly analyzed by GCS, Resident Engineer, Structure Representative, the Client and the Contractor.
At these meetings, project schedule issues will be discussed and resolved. In addition, any modifications that are needed will be incorporated into the project schedule as needed.
Keeping the Client Informed
The goal of GCS is to keep the Client informed with timely and accurate project status information. As with every project, GCS strives to maintain a contemporaneous project schedule, such that the final project schedule submittal will serve as the as-built project schedule. Meeting with the contractor, incorporating schedule changes, maintaining updated schedules, and resolving schedule issues will allow GCS to provide timely and accurate information.
A schedule review report will be generated after each monthly meeting and forwarded to the Client. This report will allow the Client to know the status of the project, including any potential impacts and proposed solutions to the impacts.
Furthermore, independent time impact analyses will be generated and forwarded to the Client for every change order prior to scheduling contractor negotiations.
Close Coordination with All Parties Involved In the Project
Due to the complexity of the Project, GCS will diligently analyze the project schedule to ensure proper sequencing of utility relocations and potential railroad impacts. Close coordination will be required of the Client, Contractor, Resident Engineer, Structure Representative, GCS, multiple utility companies, and Union Pacific Railroad. GCS’ proven history of close coordination and staged sequencing of complex construction projects will reduce the possibility of impacts to the local community.
Sharing Data with the Local Community
Another facet of maintaining contemporaneous project schedules will be the feature of sharing the updated project schedule with the Client and the Local Community. The contemporaneous project schedule data can be used to inform local residents of the progress of the work and to forecast future milestones of the work.
GCS’ project scheduling approach includes the analysis of the following:
During the Planning Phase (Prior to Notice-to-Proceed):
- Scope of Work (What work is required of the project?)
- Determine Required Submittals, Permits and Notifications
- Analyze Project Plans and Specifications (GCS will look for logical constraints.)
- Determine Potential Schedule Conflicts
- Calculate Critical Dates (First working day, contract completion date, etc.)
- Determine Task Logic and Reasonable Activity Durations
- Develop Project Specific Activity Coding
- Develop Project Specific Calendars
- Determine Effects of Environmental Restrictions
- Prepare for Pre-Construction Scheduling Conference
During the Scheduling Phase (Baseline Submittal):
- Conduct Pre-Construction Scheduling Conference
- Encourage Contractor to Submit Baseline Schedule Early
- Analyze the Baseline Schedule to Determine Contract Compliance Including:
- Project Calendars
- Activity Coding
- Activity ID’s
- Missing Predecessors / Successors
- Negative Lag
- Negative Float
- Environmental Restrictions and Permits
- Resource Allocations (if required)
- UPRR Notifications
- Utility Notifications
- Verify Contractor’s Utility and UPRR Activities are Sequenced to Avoid Impacts
- Insert Project Timeline Activities to Track Calculated Critical Dates
- Meet With Contractor to Discuss and Resolve Exceptions to Baseline Schedule
- Generate Baseline Schedule Report and Forward it to the Client
During the Control Phase (Monthly Updates):
- Update or Revise Schedule as Required by Specifications
- Meet With Contractor to Discuss And Resolve Exceptions to the Updated Schedules
- Determine Scope of Work for Change Orders
- Develop Independent Schedule Time Impact Analysis for Each Change Order Prior to Negotiations
- Compare Current Update Against Previous Baseline Updates (Target Analysis)
- Jointly Insert Time Impact Analyses (TIA’s) Into Schedule (With Contractor)
- Track Owner and Contractor Float
- Generate (On Resource Loaded Schedules) Cash Flow Charts
- Alert Contractor if Progress Slips Beyond Allowed Working Days
- Generate Monthly Scheduling Update Reports and Forward it to the Client