Schedule Evaluation and Analysis
Whether to evaluate the quality of a schedule created for your project, to compare the schedules provided with various bids or to evaluate a schedule you created yourself, you need to quickly and easily highlight all the important aspects of a project schedule.
An HCP Deep Schedule Analysis™ report on your schedule provides all of the critical insight necessary to thoroughly understand a project schedule and its implications.
The following are some real-world examples of how the report is invaluable in particular schedule assessment scenarios.
Use Case Examples
- Shorten the schedule: An HCP analysis of a sports stadium construction schedule identified six lags and three constraints which directly impact the critical path of a schedule. After examining each of these cases, two of the lags and one of the constraints were eliminated, resulting in a three-week reduction in the overall duration of the project.
- Comparing contractor bids: A government office reviewed the HCP analyses of three schedules submitted by contractors as part their bids to build a sewage treatment plant. By comparing the reports, the office was able to quickly determine which of the three bids carried the least risk and the greatest chances of adhering to the timeline, budget and specifications of the project.
- Who owns the float? An HCP analysis of the schedule for construction of an eight-story apartment building project uncovered 15 days of float embedded the schedule's critical path, and another 60 days of float embedded in other parts of the schedule. This information led the parties involved in the project to discuss who owns the float.
- Ensure accurate management perspective: A project manager for a complex bridge construction project was initially certain that the most critical aspects of the schedule were the steel elements in the bridge. Furthermore, he believed that the concrete segments of the bridge were not critical to the schedule. The HCP analysis report revealed that he was correct about the importance of the steel elements, but it also revealed that the concrete segments constituted a hidden critical path only eight days shorter than the critical path. Because he realized that this made the concrete aspects of the plan much too risky, he altered the schedule to ensure a float of 60 days for the concrete-related tasks in the schedule.
- Reveal hidden risks: An HCP analysis of the schedule for the construction of a factory – containing a total of 3702 tasks – revealed 17 tasks within four critical paths and another 182 tasks within 25 hidden critical paths (the hidden critical paths each had total durations within 40 days of the critical paths). By identifying these particular tasks, project management decided that the project was too risky to begin without making significant changes to the schedule.
- Increase schedule integrity: An HCP analysis of a highway construction project schedule identified 22 cases of tasks not connected to any successors, 13 cases of tasks with calendar inconsistencies and three cases of problematic start-to-finish links between tasks. After addressing these problems in the schedule, the integrity and quality of the schedule was improved dramatically.
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