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Scheduling is the ability to get the subcontractors on the project at the correct time and in the correct sequence. Most builders use Gantt (bar) chart schedules. Builders start with a base schedule and then make adjustments during the construction process. With computer software creating schedules and managing projects has never been easier.

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The key to successful scheduling is updating your schedule and regular communication. As you adjust your schedule to reflect the reality of the project, keep the subcontractor abreast of the new timeline.
    Contractors use The Gantt Chart (bar chart) to create their schedule. It provides a graphical overview of the project and each task, its duration, relationship between other tasks and the start and finish dates. Our customizable construction schedules provide the following information:

  • Sequence of tasks
  • Duration of each task (days, hours or weeks, etc.)
  • Relationship between other tasks
  • Simultaneous events
  • Critical path

Sequence of Tasks
It would be difficult if not impossible to manage a construction project if you didn't know the sequence of events. Who would you call and when? Most people know that the foundation must be built before the framing begins. However, many people don't realize the number of subcontractors that will be involved in constructing a basement foundation: Concrete foundation, concrete flatwork, HVAC, Plumbing, dampproofing, excavation, underground drains, etc. Knowing the correct sequence is critical to getting a project completed on time. With our customizable schedules you can easily change the duration or sequence of tasks. Tasks can also be added or deleted.

Duration of Tasks
The duration of each task depends on a few factors, the size of the project, the manpower used, and the complexity of the design to name a few. Each task duration is fully adjustable. As you adjust the length of the current tasks, related tasks will automatically be adjusted. As critical tasks are adjusted the project duration is automatically adjusted.

Relationship between tasks
Most construction tasks are interrelated. The siding can't start until the housewrap is installed. Our construction schedules show which tasks are related, and which ones aren't.

Simultaneous Events
Certain tasks can be happening at the same time. If you know which tasks can be performed together the project will be completed in less time. Many times two unrelated subs can be working on the interior finishes, while another sub can be working on exterior finishes. Our construction schedules show when simultaneous tasks are possible.

Critical Path
The critical path is the sequence of tasks that determines the duration of the project. If a task on the critical path is delayed by one (1) day, the project is delayed by one (1) day. For example, if the plumbers crew goes on vacation for one (1) week during the plumbing rough in, the project completion will be delayed by one (1) week. The interior plumbing is a critical path item because subsequent tasks cannot begin until it is completed. As critical path items are delayed or condensed all subsequent tasks are automatically adjusted. Our schedule shows which items are on the critical path

Foundation Type
Your foundation will determine which schedule is the best one for you project. We have created our schedules based on the type of foundation. The foundation is where each schedule is different. If you are not sure what type of foundation you will use here is a general guideline (most common listed first):

Northwest: crawlspace, basement, monolithic, stem wall with slab on grade
basement, crawlspace
basement, crawlspace
Rocky Mountain:
basement, crawlspace, stem wall w/slab
monolithic, stem wall w/slab
crawlspace, monolithic, stem wall w/slab
Atlantic coast:
monolithic, crawlspace, stem wall w/slab, basement

Microsoft Project™ or Adepttracker™ Pro 2.0 is required to customize the schedules. Adepttracker Pro 2.0 can be downloaded for free trial at:

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