Construction Scheduling Games People Play and Some Defenses

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October 23 and 30 /
Course Code: 0928-WEB24

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  • Overview
  • Instructor


By participating in this webinar, you will learn:

  • The intended purpose of construction scheduling is to assist with proper planning and coordination of a project. Unfortunately, construction schedules are often used to help build claims against project owners.
  • Much of the process of building claims through the use of schedules involves schedule gamesmanship.
  • This exclusive two-part webinar identifies more than 15 scheduling games and offers some 45 suggested defenses to help prevent schedule gamesmanship.
  • Some suggested defenses involve changes to contract document language and thus need to be implemented during the design phase.
  • Other suggested defenses are pragmatic in nature and can be implemented on a daily basis by a knowledgeable construction management team even in the absence of specification language.


For both owners and contractors, a careful drafting and reading of the schedule specifications is imperative. Contractors can lose their rights; owners can lose their shirts. The intent of schedule specifications is to measure progress on the job but also to mitigate future delays and resolve past disputes. Learn what some industry-recognized specifications have done to combat abuse and why further changes may still be necessary.

The Construction Schedule Games Updated and Revisited paper will be provided to all attendees to serve as a checklist for identifying and addressing schedule games. This thorough treatment of the subject cannot be presented in one webinar, so it is being presented in a special two-part series. A 10-to-15 minute period has been reserved at the end of each session for an interactive question-and-answer period so attendees can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

Course Outline:

Whether through intentional strategy, inattention to schedule specs or merely sloppy practices, learn the various sorts of schedule games and why you need to be aware of them, including:

  • Introduction
  • Multiple critical paths
  • Multiple calendars
  • Preferential logic and open end activities
  • Float ownership
  • Sequestering of float
  • Early completion schedules
  • Missing or added constraints
  • Long lead time procurement activities
  • Improper and manipulated updates
  • Unsubmitted, late and inaccurate baseline submittals
  • CPM software settings that affect schedule calculations and completion dates
  • Conclusion
  • Questions and Answers

Who Should Attend:

This webinar is a must if you're a contractor, public or private owner, subcontractor, construction manager, owner's representative, architect, or other design professional providing project oversight services.

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

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


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

$299 + taxes

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

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