Effective 1-page schedules from real-world projects, created using GraphicSchedule.
Using GraphicSchedule as a Scheduling Engine for Major Project Planning
This linear schedule was created to help determine the most effective way to deliver this large and complex infrastructure program involving dozens of major construction contracts. Simple Excel formulas were used in the GraphicSchedule data table to establish links between high-level summary activities, allowing the pursuit team to quickly and easily generate alternatives and what-if scenarios. This led the team to propose an alternative approach to construction procurement packaging that could shorten the overall schedule for completing the program. It was extremely useful to graphically visualize different scenarios as the program schedule was developed. This linear schedule was created entirely within the GraphicSchedule app and did not link to any external schedule data.
Coordinating Staging Area Handovers between Contractors
This bar chart schedule answered the question “When are we required to hand over our staging areas?” and “What’s left to do in each area?” These handovers were on the critical path to completing this major construction program, so getting everyone on the same page was a top priority. Summary-level activities in the bar chart were linked to the contractor’s P6 schedule for rapid updates on a monthly basis. With the colorful map and easy-to-read “swimlane” format, this schedule was used by contractors, construction managers, program managers, executives, and 3rd parties, all of whom needed a better way to see how this complex interface between projects was progressing.
Installing Mechanical/Electrical Systems in a Road Tunnel
This linear schedule helped the project team visualize the contractor’s planned sequence for systems installation in the upper roadway of a large-bore tunnel. Each line segment was linked to one activity in the Primavera P6 schedule (161 total activities) for rapid updates each month. The 3D rendering was inserted on top of the chart to provide a helpful visual aid for discussions about the work.
Seeing the Big Picture for a $1.75 Billion Underground Light Rail Project
This linear schedule was developed from the contractor’s 7,000 activity P6 schedule to help communicate the big picture schedule and the interfaces between tunneling and subway station construction. This one-page summary helped the construction management team facilitate discussion and analysis of delay impact mitigation, and communicate how the critical path flowed through the various project elements. Using the GraphicSchedule app, monthly P6 updates were easily plotted for a one-page schedule summary which facilitated the formal P6 schedule update submittal review.
Tracking Sequential Excavation Progress for a Light Rail Crossover Cavern
This linear schedule illustrates the contractor’s plan for excavating a large underground cavern for a crossover between tracks on a new segment of light rail. The cavern will be constructed using Sequential Excavation Method (SEM) techniques where multiple drifts are excavated and supported. Actual progress is plotted on top of the planned sequence using GraphicSchedule’s “linear progress” feature which makes it easy to show current progress as the work progresses. The informative cross-section graphics show how the drifts will be excavated and supported around the existing running tunnels, helping the project team communicate this complex sequence of work.
Program Management on a Single Page
This bar chart illustrates the summary-level tasks from a MS Project schedule used to manage the development of an infrastructure project. The project experienced substantial delays which in turn affected the cash flow forecast for the program. GraphicSchedule was used to plot the baseline schedule and current schedule in different formats for comparison. A native Excel chart was then added to show cost information including baseline, actual, and forecast cash flows. This 1-page program management work plan has been very beneficial for communicating schedule, cost, work status, and forecast information for the project team and stakeholders.
Documenting a Tunnel Boring Machine’s Journey
This linear schedule plotted the TBM’s actual daily advance, using data exported from Tunnelsoft TPC®, a real-time data monitoring system. The planned activities from the contractor’s P6 schedule were also plotted to help the team track progress against plan. Text box callouts were placed on top of the chart in GraphicSchedule to document any delays or differing site conditions that affected tunnel production. This proved to be an effective tool for communicating the tunnel production story, evaluating the impacts of differing site conditions, and negotiating time impacts for proposed change orders.