WPL Publishing to Offer Online Construction Scheduling Training Course

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The two-part, eight-hour webinar series, scheduled to begin July 18, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including public and private owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, and others. The course is pending approval for eight American Institute of Architects (AIA) learning units.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry

An upcoming WPL Publishing training course will provide plenty of valuable information for professionals who need to understand how construction schedules work, how they should be read, and how they can be put into immediate productive use.

Among other things, the course will help attendees understand the critical path method (CPM) in scheduling construction projects as well as CPM calculations and definitions. To register for the course, which will consist of two four-hour webinar sessions -- one on Thursday, July 18, 2013, and the other on Thursday, July 25, 2013 (each session beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT) -- visit http://tinyurl.com/kf6vejn.

The webinar course, entitled “Construction Scheduling -- Key to On-Time Performance and Increased Profits,” will help attendees do the following:

  • Understand the concepts of planning and scheduling.
  • Create and read bar (Gantt) charts and node networks.
  • Learn the steps involved in creating a CPM schedule for any project.
  • Understand precedence networks (with four types of relationships).
  • Strategize ways to update projects to reflect actual performance as part of the project-control effort.
  • Achieve better and more efficient scheduling and reporting.
  • Understand how to meet schedule-submission requirements on federal and public-agency contracts.
  • For architects, engineers, and owners, use schedules as a contract-administration tool.
  • Understand the concept of resource loading and resource leveling as well as the concept of schedule compression and the techniques involved to crash projects.

Use of CPM scheduling is one of the few tools that actually help contractors, subcontractors, and construction managers improve efficiency and processes, plan better logistics and delivery of long lead times, and help foresee and document possible delays. CPM schedules are the Excel modeling tool of construction activities. They can help construction professionals find better ways to build their projects, improve crew workflow, and minimize costly equipment rentals. Most large contracts require schedule submissions. And for many projects, competence in scheduling can help construction professionals climb the pre-qualification ladder. The two-day, eight-hour training course will teach webinar attendees and their staffs how to prepare and use a CPM schedule for more cost-effective and timely project completion.

Addressing attendees will be Saleh Mubarak, a construction management consultant who specializes in planning and scheduling, project control, and cost estimating.

Following Mubarak’s presentation, 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/kf6vejn.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website (http://www.ConstructionProNet.com). Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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