"When KWAME came on board, we were seven months behind schedule. They quickly got the project back on schedule and within budget."
Dr. Henry Shannon
St. Louis Community College
CPM Schedule Development & Analysis
An effective schedule clarifies complex projects and resolves various issues before a commitment of labor, materials and facilities is made. The Critical Path Method (CPM) schedule relates and organizes major activities into a series of management events, and becomes the primary controlling document for the entire project. By identifying the discrete work activities required to complete the project as well as the relationship of those activities to one another, CPM scheduling allows for the determination of what activities are critical to completing the project -- those that must be performed on their early start and finish dates to avoid any delay to the project’s completion. Therefore, non-critical activities have the ability to be delayed in their start and/or finish by some defined amount of time, commonly referred to as “float,” without the risk of delaying the project.
Master Schedule - The master schedule represents a summary-level project schedule - the purpose of which is to identify all of the major design and construction phase deliverables for the project - as well as all individual work breakdown structure components.
Design Schedule - The design schedule is a detailed schedule identifying key design components and critical design milestones necessary for the timely completion of a project's design phase.
Construction Schedule - The construction schedule is one of the most powerful management tools at the service of the construction manager. A well-planned and realistic schedule that takes into account as many variables as possible will help keep a construction project moving along smoothly, alert the construction manager when the project is about to run into snags, and help make needed adjustments when unforeseen circumstances arise.