Best Practices for Construction Project Scheduling

Online /
Aug 9, 2024 /
Course Code: 0319-WEB24

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify schedule requirements that are typically delineated in standard contracts.
  • Understand why an owner would want to include a detailed scheduling specification in a construction contract.
  • Identify key elements that should be considered for incorporation in a detailed scheduling specification.
  • Identify common challenges and realities that need to be considered in developing a detailed scheduling specification.
  • Understand the role the owner should expect to play in the development and execution of project schedules.

The intended purpose of scheduling a construction project is to help ensure that all activities necessary to complete the work in accordance with the contract documents are properly planned, staffed, coordinated, and executed in an orderly and expeditious manner. Without a clearly articulated scheduling specification, proper scheduling may be dispensed with as a way of saving costs.

Experienced owners recognize that the risk of not requiring comprehensive project schedules far outweighs the risk of requiring and reviewing project schedules and the potential increased costs carried in the project's budget. This presentation demonstrates the importance of a detailed schedule specification and identifies the key components that can be used by both parties for better project control, decision-making and, if necessary, claims resolution.

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects.
  • Construction management/contractor executives, project managers and project control personnel.
  • Design professionals providing services to owners during pre-construction and construction.
More Information

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


Course Outline

Participants will learn about the:

  • Purposes and importance of project scheduling.
  • Elements often missing from standard scheduling specifications.
  • Schedule specification key activities & considerations.
  • Project realities and effective solutions.


Jim Zack

Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™.

The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on global avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™. Formerly he was the Executive Director of Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest EPCM contractors. Before this, Jim was Vice President of PinnacleOne, Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute, and Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc.

For 46 years, he has worked on private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 28 countries abroad. Jim has worked for contractors and owners on over 5,000 claims in his career. He is a Fellow of AACE International, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Guild of Project Controls. He is a recognized and published expert in the mitigation, analysis and resolution of defense of construction claims and disputes in the construction claims field.

Jim is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Fee & Credits

$149 + taxes

  • 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 2 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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