# Efficient Skills in Construction Scheduling

Learners will discover the relationships connecting construction activities, how to perform construction scheduling procedures, how to determine the critical path,s and more.

Learners will discover the key project Construction Scheduling techniques and procedures including; how to create a network diagram, how to define the importance of the critical path in a project network, and defining project activities float. Also covered are the fundamentals of Bar Charts, Precedence Diagrams, Activity on Arrow, PERT, Range Estimating, linear project operations, and the line of balance.

## Skills You Will Gain

• Schedule
• Linear Scheduling Method
• Program Evaluation And Review Technique (PERT)
• Critical Path Method

## Syllabus

WEEK 1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Construction Scheduling
The first module provides an overview of the Construction Scheduling course and the topics that will be covered. Professor Odeh will describe the differences between calendar dates and work dates and teach how to deal with uncertainty in construction projects.

1 video (Total 10 min), 2 readings
1 hour to complete

Bar (Gantt) Charts
The second module introduces bar or Gantt charts and how they are used as scheduling tools. Bar charts represent a project work item or activity as a time scaled bar; the length of which represents the planned duration of a construction activity.

3 videos (Total 28 min)
1 hour to complete

Construction Scheduling: Activity Precedence Diagrams
In this module, learners will create Activity Precedence Diagrams, also referred to as Activity on Node Diagrams, which graphically represent the construction activities in a project and their relationships.

3 videos (Total 31 min)
1 hour to complete

Types of Construction Activity Relationships
This module provides an overview of the types of construction activity relationships encountered in a construction project and how to represent them in an activity precedence diagram.

5 videos (Total 29 min)
2 hours to complete

Construction Scheduling: Forward and Backward Pass Calculations
Forward and Backward Pass Calculations are covered in this module. Forward Pass Calculations determine the minimum dates at which each construction activity can be performed and, ultimately, the minimum duration of a construction project. Backward Pass Calculations compute the latest dates by which each construction activity can be performed without increasing the projects minimum duration.

4 videos (Total 44 min)

WEEK 2
1 hour to complete

Construction Scheduling: Critical Path
Professor Odeh discusses the importance of critical path in this module including what it is and why it is important. Learners will identify a critical path in a project and how to determine a critical path in different relationships.

6 videos (Total 45 min)
1 hour to complete

Construction Scheduling: Activity Floats
Professor Odeh introduces the types of floats in a construction project including; total float, free float, interfering float and independent float.

5 videos (Total 45 min)
1 hour to complete

Understanding Work Dates and Calendar Dates
In this module, the difference between working dates and calendar dates is explained and how to chart both in a project plan.

3 videos (Total 26 min)

WEEK 3
2 hours to complete

Construction Scheduling: Activity on Arrow
Activity on Arrow diagrams are the topic for this module. Professor Odeh will discuss how to draw an activity on arrow diagram and how to number the nodes. Forward and Backward Pass calculations and determining the duration of a project are also covered.

8 videos (Total 72 min)
1 hour to complete

Program Evaluation & Review Technique (PERT) and Range Estimating
The Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) is introduced in this module which relates to uncertainty in estimating the duration of construction activities in a project schedule. PERT helps project managers determine the probability of a project being completed in a certain number of days.

6 videos (Total 73 min)
1 hour to complete

Construction Scheduling: The Role of the Scheduler in Construction Management
Jennifer Buermann, of the STV Group, discusses the role of the scheduler in a construction project and how to determine if a project is on track to meet the estimated goals. Also covered are ways to adjust to ensure the project stays on track.

3 videos (Total 22 min)

WEEK 4
2 hours to complete

Linear Construction Operations and Line of Balance
Professor Odeh introduces linear construction; projects that have linear, or repetitive, properties. Also covered is the Line of Balance scheduling method which is a way of allocating resources for repetitive processes.

5 videos (Total 59 min)
3 hours to complete

Construction Scheduling: Technology Applications for Scheduling
Dareen Salama, of the STV Group, discusses the technology applications used for scheduling. Dareen provides an overview of the applications used for scheduling development, schedule analysis, sharing and collaboration and visualization.

12 videos (Total 138 min)

WEEK 5
1 hour to complete

Construction Scheduling: Scheduling for Large Programs
Christopher Toomey, Senior Vice President of AECOM Global Programs, discussed scheduling for large programs also known as the Integrated Master Scheduler. Mr. Toomey illustrates how to develop and maintain the Integrated Master Schedule and identifies key features.

3 videos (Total 26 min)
1 hour to complete

Risk Allocation and Planning
Dr. Eduardo Gamez, Deputy Director of Risk Management for AECOM, introduces Risk Allocation and Planning. Dr. Gamez discusses the importance of formal risk management and how to use risk assessment as a support tool for planning and scheduling.

6 videos (Total 85 min)
2 hours to complete