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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
or excludes holidays
* Task duration
* Lag between tasks
* Task constraints
health, and we want to use it on every
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
The Dashboard audits schedules,
reviews status and rates the health of the
"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
"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
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
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
The Dashboard enables users to drill
down into projects and view the details
of the problems for each job and set about
"Other folks are taking notice of our
efforts," says Norris. "When we mention the Scheduling Dashboard at conferences, people say they wish they had
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
While considering that option,
Beck continues to add features to the
Dashboard. Enhancements currently in
the pipeline include:
* uto-generating schedule templates
based on project type, expected
project phases and so on as selected
by the user
* ross-referencing job cost
* Weather delay analysis
* achine learning/statistical analysis
of what constitutes a "good"
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Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - President’s Message (Page 7)
Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - Fresh Start (Page 8)
Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - Fresh Start (Page 9)
Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - Staying on Schedule (Page 10)
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Washington Contractor - Summer 2015 - Innovation in Technology Summit (Page 13)
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