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Using Constraints with CPM Scheduling Software


Learn about the added value of CPM scheduling software.

There are several bells and whistles when using CPM scheduling software. The capability of using constraints is one of those features. For example, when there is a contract completion date or a key turnover date, the scheduler will use the software to apply a constraint to that date. When used in combination with these types of dates, a constraint is applied to specify that the project must be completed by the contract-required date. This white paper reviews how there is a real danger with using constraints and discusses the different types of constraints that can be applied to schedules.



Mark Nagata, PSP, CDT

Mark Nagata, PSP, CDT

Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Director, shareholder with Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Expertise in the areas of CPM scheduling; claims preparation and analysis; and the review, editing, and updating of specifications
  • Has provided expert testimony on delays, termination for default, and damages
  • Author of Construction Delays, Third Edition
  • Certified planning and scheduling professional
  • Certified Construction Documents Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute
  • Involved in the analysis and presentation of claims on projects involving mass transit, government, military, education, high-rise residential, and civil works construction
  • Contributing writer to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International’s Recommended Practice No. 29R-03 for Forensic Schedule Analysis
  • The Recommended Practice is the first publication in the industry that comprehensively classifies all known schedule analysis techniques used by construction scheduling professionals to identify and measure project delay using project schedules
  • Award-winning instructor with the National Highway Institute; he is currently presenting the following courses: “Managing Highway Contract Claims: Analysis & Avoidance, Alternative Contracting,” “Use of CPM for Estimating Scheduling and Timely Completion,” and “Principles of Writing Highway Construction Specifications"
  • B.A. degree in economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Can be contacted at 215-814-6400 or [email protected]

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