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Dynamic Schedules with Primavera P6

Dynamic schedule models

Unlike many other companies, the development of our schedule models is tightly supervised by an experienced project manager -- holder of a Masters of Engineering -- with 17 years of experience in engineering and construction project management, who understands all the implications commercial implications of the schedule. We never abandon the job to amateur schedulers. We build project schedules from scratch for our clients. We understand that the project schedule serves more than one purpose: this is the tool that is going to be used for cost control, issue management, and managing subcontractors.

We can evaluate multiple scenarios in any area of a schedule. You can see the impact of any change. This means you can generate reliable schedule scenarios, show opportunities to accelerate a project, and select the best path to completing it.

We understand that the scheduling functions has been consistently understaffed in projects, at this might have precipitated the failure of some projects. At Ekton, we make sure that any project has at least three (3) schedulers working on it, with two schedulers working full time.

Resource Loading and Schedule Quality

Only 15% to 20% of project schedules around the world are resource loaded. Anyone would understand why more than 80% of construction schedules are not fit for generating funding profile or to helping with the mobilization of resources (who am I going to hire? When is the good time to do it? What equipment do I need and when? Who is competing for the same resources and when does that happen?) These kinds of schedules are not high quality schedules.

A high-quality schedule will pass quantitative validation (links, lags, float, etc…) while it also contains the results of qualitative diligence, such as scope verification and risk and opportunity integration. Without these elements, the schedule is not a roadmap to success… in fact, it may lead the team toward failure.

Ekton can resource load your schedule and turn it into a quality schedule by performing all the validation advocated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

All our schedules have the following four characteristics of a high-quality, reliable schedule:

Comprehensive, reflecting

  • all activities as defined in the project’s WBS
  • the labor, materials, and overhead needed to do the work and whether those resources will be available when needed
  • how long each activity will take, allowing for discrete progress measurement with specific start and finish dates

Well-constructed, with

  • all activities logically sequenced with predecessor and successor logic
  • limited amounts of unusual or complicated logic techniques that are justified in the schedule documentation.
  • a critical path that determines which activities drive the project’s earliest completion date
  • total float that accurately determines the schedule’s flexibility

Credible, reflecting

  • the order of events necessary to achieve aggregated products or outcomes;
  • varying levels of activities, supporting activities, and subtasks;
  • key dates that can be used to present status updates to management;
  • a level of confidence in meeting a project’s completion date based on data about risks and opportunities for the project;
  • necessary schedule contingency and high priority risks based on conducting a robust schedule risk analysis.

Controlled, being

  • updated periodically by schedulers trained in critical path method scheduling
  • statused using actual progress and logic to realistically forecast dates for program activities
  • compared against a documented baseline schedule to determine variances from the plan
  • accompanied by a corresponding baseline document that explains the overall approach to the project, defines assumptions, and describes unique features of the schedule
  • subject to a configuration management control process

Integrated schedule and cost control

  • Do you not have a consistent way to view the project budget, cost and forecast information?
  • Do you not have time-phased cost information to help provide funding needs and workload backlog information?
  • Are you stuck trying to figure out how to properly view information across all projects or sub-projects?
  • Is the contractor or vendor slowing you down? Do you have any way to assess the impact of delays by outside groups or agencies?

Our integrated cost and schedule control approach helps project professionals to define project scope and build a cost and schedule against that scope.