SC-001: Planning and Scheduling Tools & Techniques

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This three day workshop will provide the participants with the knowledge and the skills required to properly develop, implement and maintain a project plan and schedule. It starts with full explanation of the basic concept and principles of project planning then move into highlighting various tools and techniques for the implementation of a project schedule. The workshop will equip the participants with the understanding and the appreciation of how to develop, implement, understand and critique project plans and schedules.

Workshop Description

This courses relevant automated and manual techniques used in planning, scheduling and monitoring of human and non-human resources required to deliver the project outcomes. The areas of study include: work breakdown structure development and use, project resources requirements planning, acquisition, and allocation developing the network plan, scheduling and schedule calculations and optimization, resource constrained scheduling, resource leveling, and schedule control. The course will also cover various project controls techniques using Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques.

Who Should Attend

Project Managers, all members of the project team, project controls personnel, construction personnel as well as trade persons. The course is also ideal to individuals involved in delay claims analysis and contract disputes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the 3-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the process of project planning and the efficiencies derived from planning.
  • Be able to define schedule activities and assign reasonable duration to the activities.
  • Know how to sequence the activities for logical project flow.
  • Be able to prepare a bar chart schedule and use it properly.
  • Developing schedule baseline using the Critical Path Method (CPM).
  • Learn about schedule float and understand how float can be used to delay or lengthen activities and to smooth manpower requirements.
  • Be familiar computerized scheduling and understand both its limitations and advantages.
  • Understand what resources are and how they can be coordinated with the schedule.
  • Know how to use the schedule as a resource for crew and manpower assignments.
  • Be able to apply methods for monitoring, comparing and updating the project schedule.
  • Understand how to use the short-term schedule as a communication tool.
  • Learn about schedule acceleration methods and how to apply them.
  • Learn how the schedule is used as documentation for changes and disputes.
  • Controlling projects using the Earned Value Management (EVM) to manage time and cost performance.
  • Preparing project schedules using the MS Project and/or Primavera 6.0 scheduling software application.

Delivery Approach and Methodology

A combination of lecture, examples, and interactive sessions will be utilized; providing the attendees with an opportunity to engage in discussions and to participate in an effective learning experience.

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