Advising Employers on Construction Schedules & Programmes

The root of many disputes in respect of delays and extensions of time result from over optimistic construction schedules demanded by Employers or proposed by Consultants advising Employers and subsequently encompassed in construction contracts. Some may also blame Contractors for accepting such time frames, however many either lack expertise in the specific project type or choose to take on the project seeing opportunity to obtain extensions to the construction period in the same way many see opportunities in contract documents and bills of quantities to under price selected work items on the basis of anticipated changes or re-measurement and subsequent correction.  Either way it is a dangerous game and the Employer maybe the unwilling beneficiary of the inaccurate advise or commercial gamble taken by the Contractor.

This exposure can be greatly reduced by Employer being informed at the earliest possible stage of the anticipated and attainable schedule under which the project can be executed. In this article we discuss this subject matter and look at the factors which should be considered in proposing a time schedule for the construction of a project.

Advising Employers on Construction Schedules & Programmes


2 responses to “Advising Employers on Construction Schedules & Programmes

  1. This article is quite informative and holistic. However, Nigerian experience is quite different. Often, construction schedule and programme is made a prerequisite as part of bidding document. While the bidder with the earliest proposed completion may be favoured, however, this is hardly a serious a contractual issue at post contract stage especially in public sector project. The reasons include the often shirk of contractual responsibilities notably in honoring payment certificate, inordinate political interference in construction process( just to suite political head purpose) to which the consultant often bow to. Finally, I opine that a typical construction project is not only conditionally contractual but complex and lengthy, and given these variables, requires massive coordination efforts of countless parts and people working under the pressure of time ,cost and quality. While estimating is evaluation of resources in term of cost, Planning involves effective evaluation and allocation of resources in term of time. Resources in the sense include men, material, money and machine; these are critical to project delivery. Undoubtedly, the use of a project planning and schedule practice is probably the first key for effective and successful project management and performance

    • Great response. In Malaysia Contractors are generally given the contract period and allowed to offer an alternative but as you would imagine very few will offer a longer period and receive any serious consideration. Thus Contractors who wish to compete for projects generally have to attempt to comply with the initial programme requirements.