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Fundamental Construction Scheduling

Number: BCT 597U
Credits: 3
Format: In person

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: TBD
Room: Olver Design Building 260

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Gregory J. Fitch, Ph.D. Candidate, M.S., B.S.


Office: Olver Design Building 328
Phone: +1 (413) 545-8863

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Course Description

This class aims to provide students fundamental knowledge for construction planning and scheduling. In the class, students learn to identify work item by using Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), study work logistic sequence, and learn to apply the Critical Path Method (CPM) to construction projects, using precedence diagram networks. To practice the planning and scheduling knowledge, students direct an entire project from planning through scheduling and control, both manually and through software.

Learning Goals

1) Proficient in Construction Project Scheduling using the Critical Path Method.

  1. a) Develop a Baseline Construction with Logical Relationships
  2. i) Identify key interim and contract milestones
  3. ii) Identify activities necessary to achieve interim and contract milestones for schedules at various levels of detail (Levels 1 thru 5)

iii) Develop the logical relationships between activities for a detailed level 1 schedule

  1. b) Import the Level 1 Schedule into Primavera P6

2) Resource and Cost Load the Level 1 Schedule in Primavera P6

3) Develop an Earned Value Management System

  1. a) Export cost loaded activities with early and late finish dates from Primavera P6 to Microsoft Excel
  2. b) Develop cumulative early and late cash flow curves

4) Update Schedule to reflect progress

  1. a) Update the schedule based on planned work progress
  2. b) Incorporate unanticipated schedule delays due to excusable and non-excusable delays

5) “Crash” the schedule based on accelerating activities along the longest or critical path

  • Introduction to Primavera P6, MS Project, Office applications


Construction Project Scheduling and Control, 3rd Edition, Saleh Mubarak, Wiley

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