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The Power of Critical Path Method, CPM, Scheduling


CPM scheduling is a powerful tool in planning and communicating the plan of action for a construction project. Although most general contractors are capable of generating a target schedule, project managers and superintendents’ many hats in today’s construction arena and need to focus on critical items.  Outsourcing pays for itself because it allows this to happen. Third party scheduling also provides valuable insurance against construction delays through early detection, mitigation and documentation.  Owners also reap significant benefit by outsourcing their scheduling oversight, as an architect’s area of expertise is design, not scheduling and construction managers mark-up scheduling services and can potentially filter project status reports. 

As CPM Schedulers, we are adept in producing schedules to match the GC’s and subcontractor’s plan of action, without over taxing and bogging down the project team through the development process. We are extremely flexible in which scheduling softwares are utilized. We also customize our reporting to match the preferences of our clients.  We appreciate that while CPM schedules must be complex enough to track and forecast the project’s scope of work, the schedule report narratives and graphics must be succinct and easy to understand. Although well-executed and well thought-out, a CPM Schedule that is overly tedious to read can be a schedule that rarely gets used.


CPM Scheduling Provides Cost-Effective Project Oversight

CPM Pre-Construction List

  • Tracks and holds parties accountable for design documentation preparation
  • Forecasts building costs across the program’s construction timeline
  • Integrates required construction permitting into the master schedule
  • Provides drop dead dates for procuring owner-furnished equipment
  • Creates planning and/or zoning board presentations
  • Provides a tool to display construction program intent and construction timelines to the community
  • Issues an excellent mechanism for document review and constructability analysis
  • Supplies assistance in preparing front-end documents and specifications to protect and serve the owner’s interests
  • Forecasts the entire construction program’s labor requirements for all trades, allowing for informed, staggered starts of specific projects so as not to overtax the local labor market on key trades
  • Assists in reviewing technical proposals during Bid and Award

CPM Construction List

  • Provides the owner with a 3rd party, informed and subjective overview on construction project progress
  • Supplies the construction project team with insightful timesaving measures
  • Helps ensure quality control through scheduling 3 phase quality control measures
  • Tracks and provides variance report on planned vs. actual costs and resources
  • Provides impact analysis of construction project delays

CPM Post-Construction List

  • Streamlines Commissioning and Training timelines
  • Ensures against lingering claim exposures
  • Provides Models for Future Building Programs