In the day to day for many jobs, you can pick and choose which tasks you’d like to tackle next. Start with the hardest part and work your way down, or get the small things out of the way before tackling the biggest task. In construction, however, you have to follow a specific sequence. You can’t build the fourth floor, then the roof, and finish off with a nice foundation. Scheduling a project correctly is vital for a building project and, as the old saying goes, its best to work smarter, not harder.
With critical path management software, you can plan out your construction process, determine time frames for individual tasks and the project as a whole, and you can find the most efficient path your project can take.
Here’s the best way to apply your construction scheduling software to your next construction project:
Breaking a small project into tasks should be simple. If you are building a small wall you just need to plot out the space you are going to build, buy the materials, start from the bottom and work your way up. However, this step can be more difficult for huge construction projects. You can choose to take a basic snapshot of your project by setting large milestones or you can focus on smaller tasks.
Either way, you should make a list of all the tasks that must be completed before the project is finished.
Using a construction planner software like BAR Scheduling CPM software, you can begin to organize the project. Look for connections between tasks. What has to be done first? What is dependent on another task? Think about how long each project will take. Once you determine timing and dependability, you can begin to see your ideal schedule unfolding.
You can also use construction planning software to plan for resource allocation, risk analysis, and you can even set up the ability to collaborate with other members of your team.
Now that you have all your tasks listed and planned, you can find your critical path. The critical path is the longest path that starts with the beginning of the project and ends with its completion. Your critical path should also take “float” into account. Float is the longest a task can be delayed without delaying the beginning of the next task of the end date of the whole project.
Knowing your critical path can help point out more dependencies between tasks and outlines which tasks you should tackle first.
Once you’ve scheduled your project, you can get your contractors involved to begin building. What happens if you fall behind schedule or your schedule hits a snag? Well, just like when a GPS system recalculates a new path if you miss an exit on the highway, CPM scheduling helps you adjust and rework your schedule to make room for unplanned roadblocks. The algorithm works out everything for you. All you need to do is to make a change to the schedule and watch as your whole project is adjusted around it.