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Construction Scheduling Basics

Kevin D. Waddell, P.E.

Course Outline

1. Learning Objectives
2. Introduction
3. Introduction to Scheduling
4. Introduction to Logic
5. Course Summary / Conclusion
6. Links

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

Understanding a project schedule is a basic requirement for Owners, Engineers, Architects, and of course Contractors. This course will provide the student insight into the creation of a schedule. The student will also be introduced to the concept of basic logic and its importance in scheduling. This course will not instruct the student on using scheduling or project management software. A test of the student's aptitude is included herein.

Intended Audience

This course is ideal for engineers and aspiring construction or project managers searching for more insight into the preliminary development of construction schedules and the importance of the role that logic has in construction schedules.

Benefit to the Attendee

The attendee will gain an understanding of the basic approach to initiating a construction schedule in an organized, logical manner. The student will also learn the importance of a schedule and how it correlates to construction estimating, planning, and profit margin.

Course Introduction

Owners and Engineers often require and desire different types of documentation and formats for project schedules. Although many projects are similar in the type of work, ultimately each project is unique. The schedule must be flexible in order to accommodate the specific requirements of each project while maintaining a logical sequence of events.

Course Content

The Course Content is in a PDF file Construction Scheduling Basics. You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Course Summary

Years of experience and exposure to construction are necessary to become a skilled scheduler. Many times a novice scheduler can 'get lost' in the schedule and lose track of what the end result is supposed to be. Using this course as a basis, the student will benefit from developing a project schedule with roughly twenty to thirty activities the first time. This will enable the student to logically sequence work activities, determine the time required to complete each activity as determined in the project estimate, and evaluate the end result for manpower requirements. After several schedules of this size have been successfully completed the student should have developed a personalized approach that will work on any size and duration of project.

Related Links

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.