Upcoming WPL Webinar Series to Help Construction Professionals Address ‘Scheduling Gamesmanship’

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This three-part webinar series is designed to benefit various professionals in the construction community, including contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, construction managers, owners’ representatives, architects, and other design professionals who provide project oversight services.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will begin hosting a series of 90-minute webinars to help construction professionals avoid the pitfalls of “scheduling gamesmanship.”

The intended purpose of construction scheduling is to assist with proper planning and coordination of a project. Unfortunately, construction schedules often are used to help build claims against project owners. Much of the process of building claims through the use of schedules involves scheduling gamesmanship. WPL’s three-part webinar series, entitled “Construction Scheduling Games People Play -- Revisited,” identifies more than 15 scheduling games and offers more than 45 suggested defenses to help prevent scheduling gamesmanship. To register for the interactive event, scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and take place each Wednesday thereafter through March 16, visit http://tinyurl.com/4tsj3v6.

For both owners and contractors, a careful drafting and reading of schedule specifications is imperative. Contractors can lose their rights; owners can lose their shirts. The intent of schedule specifications is to measure progress on the job as well as mitigate future delays and resolve past disputes. The webinars will address what some industry-recognized specifications have done to combat abuse and why further changes may still be necessary.

Not all scheduling games are intended to gain an edge for the owner. Some schedulers intentionally manipulate schedules for their own purposes. They may want to hold their subs or supervisors to a tighter schedule than the project really requires. This can backfire, and webinar attendees will find out how and why.

During the webinars, experts will focus on the following areas in which scheduling gamesmanship may emerge:

  • Multiple critical path.
  • Multiple calendars.
  • Preferential logic; open ends.
  • Float ownership; sequestering of float.
  • Early completion schedules.
  • Missing or added constraints.
  • Long lead times; procurement activities.
  • Improper and manipulated updates.
  • Unsubmitted, late, and inaccurate baseline submittals.
  • CPM software settings that affect schedule calculations and completion dates.
  • How latest versions of software have impacted past games and spawned new ones.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Amanda Jo Amadon and Stephen Pitaniello of Navigant Consulting Inc. (NCI) and James Zack of Navigant Construction Forum (NCF).

Ms. Amadon is an associate director in NCI’s Global Construction Practice with more than 12 years of experience in the construction industry. Much of her experience is concentrated in scheduling and the analysis of delays, damages, and lost productivity.

Mr. Pitaniello serves as NCI’s managing director. He is a registered professional engineer with 22 years of diverse construction and engineering experience, assisting both the public and private sectors in the areas of construction management, engineering design, estimating, contract administration, and construction inspection.
Mr. Zack, NCF’s executive director, has worked on private and public projects for nearly 40 years. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis, and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes. NCF strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes worldwide.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/4tsj3v6.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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