-       Project Schedule Development

           Can you imagine starting a long car trip to an unfamiliar destination without a map or navigation system? You’re pretty sure that you will have to make some turns here and there, but you have no idea when or where, or how long it will take to get there. You may arrive eventually, but you run the risk of getting lost, and feeling frustrated, along the way.

Essentially, driving without any idea of how you’re going to get there is the same as working on a project without a schedule. No matter the size or scope of your project, the schedule is a key part of project management. The schedule tells you when each activity should be done, what has already been completed, and the sequence in which things need to be finished.

Luckily, drivers have fairly accurate tools they can use. Scheduling, on the other hand, is not an exact process. It’s part estimation, part prediction, and part ‘educated guessing.’ Because of the uncertainty involved, a project’s schedule is dynamic and is reviewed regularly, and it will often need to be revised while the project is in progress. The schedule essentially transforms the project from a vision to a time-based plan.


Schedules also help you to do the following:

  • Provide a basis to monitor, control project activities and track progress.
  • Help determine how best to allocate resources.
  • Help assess how time delays will impact the project.

With that in mind, what’s the best way of building an accurate and effective schedule for your next project?

Project managers utilize a variety of tools to develop a project schedule – from the relatively simple process of action planning   for small projects, to use of Gantt Charts   and Network Analysis for large projects. Here, we outline the key tools you will need for schedule development.



-       Quality Control Management

Quality control and safety represent important concerns for project managers. Defects or failures in constructed facilities can result in very large costs. Even with minor defects, re-construction may be required and facility operations impaired. Increased costs and delays are the result. In the worst case, failures may cause personal injuries or fatalities. Accidents during the construction process can similarly result in personal injuries and large costs. Indirect costs of insurance, inspection and regulation are increasing rapidly due to these increased direct costs. Good project managers seek to ensure that the job is done right the first time and that no major accidents occur on the project.

As with cost control, the most important decisions regarding the quality of a completed facility are made during the design and planning stages rather than during construction. It is during these preliminary stages that component configurations, material specifications and functional performance are decided. Quality control during construction consists largely of insuring conformance to these original design and planning decisions.

Safety during the construction project is also influenced in large part by decisions made during the planning and design process. Some designs or construction plans are inherently difficult and dangerous to implement, whereas other, comparable plans may considerably reduce the possibility of accidents. For example, clear separation of traffic from construction zones during roadway rehabilitation can greatly reduce the possibility of accidental collisions. Beyond these design decisions, safety largely depends upon education, vigilance and cooperation during the construction process. Workers should be constantly alert to the possibilities of accidents and avoid taken unnecessary risks.


-       Safety Management 


Outsourcing your safety program will help you save money, eliminate the costs of potential workers’ compensation claims and lower your insurance rates dramatically. And we cost less than a full-time Safety Director! When you hire Rustin , you receive a team of safety professionals that are on 24/7.We will develop a customized safety program that fits the unique needs of your organization.


-       Control Construction Cost


Keeping a project within budget can be one of the toughest parts of job. Why not turn to Rustin to assist with your construction cost control?


Estimating the costs of a project is where construction cost control begins. There are a multitude of factors to consider, and payroll is often one of the only pieces of the project you can control. Rustin offers you the skilled labor you need only for the time you need it, without the overhead of hiring a full time work force.


When you team up with Rustin, you will also reduce the administrative burdens of recruiting, hiring, managing and employing a workforce. And since Rustin handles unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and other employment costs, you enjoy reduced risk and expense.


Contact a team member today!