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Critical Path and Estimating the CPM Schedule Activities' Durations

Learn the key steps in creating a critical path schedule and the guidelines to follow.

The creation of a critical path schedule is an art and science. Although there is no unique way to do so, there are certainly guidelines to make it better and more efficient. In this topic, we take a look at two important steps: Dividing the project into activities and estimating their duration. We start with dividing the project into the right number of activities. There are several criteria for such division in order to obtain activities easily measured and controlled. Next we estimate the duration for each activity. This step is crucial because an error or inaccuracy in the durations means an error or inaccuracy in the calculated project completion date. There are many factors that impact these durations, and the scheduler must be aware of them.

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Agenda

Steps to Create a CPM Schedule

Breaking Down the Project Into Activities

Factors to Be Considered in the Project Breakdown

Number of Activities: Too Many or Too Few? Pros and Cons

Definition of Activities, Events, and Milestones

Activities' Attributes

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the CSI Masterformat

Project Breakdown Mentality: Scheduler vs. Cost Estimator

Estimating Activities Duration

Productivity and Duration

Confidence Level vs. Level of Detail

Intermittent and Multistage Activities

Durations and Lags

Calendars, Nonwork Days

Time Contingency

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Saleh Mubarak

Saleh Mubarak

Saleh A. Mubarak, Ph. D.

  • Construction project management professor, consultant, author, public speaker and trainer
  • Over 30 years of diversified experience in academic and industrial, U.S. and international, public and private sectors
  • Expert in construction project planning and scheduling, cost estimating, and project controls, also an expert in construction project management
  • Author of two books, Construction Project Scheduling and Control; and How to Estimate with RSMeans Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction; and many publications and articles in the general area of construction project management as well as life management
  • Speaker at professional conferences and events on technical and nontechnical topics
  • Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and former member of the AACE International
  • Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, specialized in construction project management; M.Sc. degree in civil engineering, specialized in structures and mechanics; and B.S. degree in civil engineering
  • Can be contacted at 813-455-9339, [email protected], LinkedIn┬« https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=7647185&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile, and books page, http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-302475.html?query=Saleh+A.+Mubarak
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Product ID: 406590
Published 2019
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