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Over the years, the industry has developed best practices for sequential logic as well as some practices to avoid. Among its other monitoring activities, the Dashboard tracks sequential logic, flagging problems when they arise. More broadly, the Dashboard follows standard best scheduling practices and remains on the lookout for practices that cannot be used. "In addition to these 26 checks, the system also checks for the presence of milestones built into the schedule," says Monwai. "It tracks milestones from schedule update to schedule update. Here are a few examples of issues checked by the Dashboard: * Task-to-task sequential logic * hether or not the schedule includes W or excludes holidays * Task duration * Lag between tasks * Task constraints tracking Problems health, and we want to use it on every project." When the Dashboard sees an event that typically foreshadows the emergence of a certain kind of schedule busting problem, it alerts the operations manager, who can fix it now, before it becomes a problem. rating the health of a Building Schedule The Dashboard audits schedules, reviews status and rates the health of the schedule. "The audit function tracks 26 different items, items that have proven over time to be related to the health of a project's schedule," says Norris. Schedules contain carefully designed sequential logic, explains Monwai. For instance, a schedule might call for a task B to start five days after task A ends. There are also different ways to create sequential scheduling logic. You might say that task B will start two days before task A ends. "Not long ago, we had a retail project that placed improper constraints on certain scheduled tasks," Norris says. "The project team didn't know the constraints were there. In one case, for instance, the schedule would not allow the end date to float against the contractual end date. You want the end date to change as the schedule changes. "When the Dashboard discovered the constraints, the project team turned them off. By that time, the project was three months behind schedule, but they caught it early enough to come up with a plan to finish on time. To do that, we had to completely rethink how to build the building. The Dashboard can monitor and report on multiple projects. The main Dashboard page displays a summary of projects being tracked. One summarizes the health of 10 projects. None are in perfect health; two projects are color coded in yellow, indicating a health warning; seven are color-coded in red, indicating health danger; the health of the project shown in gray is unknown - perhaps because the schedule for that job has not been updated. If the Dashboard considered any of these projects healthy, they would be shown in green. The second pie chart indicates that the Dashboard has rated two of five projects with a health warning and three of the five in health danger. The chart at the bottom of the page offers details about five projects. The three projects color-coded red are in danger. The two yellow projects are at a warning stage. The numbers printed inside the colored boxes are the scores calculated by the Dashboard. The Dashboard scores jobs on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 indicating no issues and 100 indicating significant problems. The Dashboard enables users to drill down into projects and view the details of the problems for each job and set about developing solutions. attracting attention "Other folks are taking notice of our efforts," says Norris. "When we mention the Scheduling Dashboard at conferences, people say they wish they had this capability." The AGC of DC recently recognized the Dashboard with its prestigious Innovation in Technology Award, given for the "best use of technology as a solution to an AEC industry issue or problem." Beck hasn't decided what to do about all the interest the Dashboard has stirred, but the company is considering options. "We designed the Dashboard for internal use," Monwai says. "But we also had the idea that we could potentially provide it as a service to other companies. Currently we're the only company using it, but we are considering the possibility of offering it as an SaaS offering through the cloud." While considering that option, Beck continues to add features to the Dashboard. Enhancements currently in the pipeline include: * uto-generating schedule templates A based on project type, expected project phases and so on as selected by the user * ross-referencing job cost C information * Weather delay analysis * achine learning/statistical analysis M of what constitutes a "good" schedule. www.agcofdc.org | Summer 2015 11 http://www.agcofdc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Washington Contractor - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Fresh Start
Staying on Schedule
Innovation in Technology Summit
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com

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Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - President’s Message (Page 7)
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Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - Staying on Schedule (Page 10)
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