As the full extent of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to light, the ripple effects of the shutdown have made their way into every industry. Construction and engineering are no exception as many projects that were moving forward with minimal impact at the beginning of the pandemic are now experiencing issues. Interdependent resources and workflows are becoming increasingly difficult to plan for with the implementation of “essential businesses only” restrictions. Delays in building projects, even before the coronavirus pandemic, have always resulted in cost overruns, difficulties finishing on time and other challenges. Now construction firms and their clients are left wondering what happens when those delays cannot be helped and are seemingly indefinite.
Wendy Corrigan, a University of Denver professor who teaches construction planning and scheduling, and is also Project Integration’s lead trainer and owner, has launched a free resource which aims to provide advice about how to best handle the COVID-19 situation from a scheduling, cost delay and risk management perspective. The hands-on Impact Action Plan allows construction stakeholders of all sizes to start thinking about schedule risk management in order to get ahead of the mounting risk of delay and disruption in the industry.
“In the 30 years I’ve been in the construction industry, we’ve never had to deal with a near complete shutdown of projects like we are dealing with now,” explained Corrigan. “Our clients were contacting us and were desperate for some kind of clarity and assistance with developing a path forward. We know that what one construction project is experiencing, many others are experiencing as well. Whether it’s a small-scale renovation or the construction of a skyscraper, everyone is experiencing the same anxieties and lack of clarity about the future. So I wanted to develop a practical tool that would help alleviate some of the anxieties around what comes next for the industry,” says Corrigan.
The Impact Action Plan takes users through four critical steps. Step 1, the identification of risks on the construction projects. Step 2, study the contracts on your projects. Step 3, accurately updating the project schedules and developing a delay baseline and step 4, the execution of a schedule and delay monitoring plan for each project.
“Once the imminent threat of COVID-19 has subsided, each project will be competing over the same resources in an effort to get their project finished on time or at least with as few delays as possible. It will put a strain on all construction teams and resources. The better prepared and documented your projects are, the more successful your company is going to be. That’s why we’ve created this resource, which, we hope, will help companies understand the delays and how best to mitigate future issues. We know everyone is concerned about what comes next in the industry and we’re proud that we’ve created a resource that is helping alleviate some of those fears,” Corrigan explains.
To download the Impact Action Plan, please visit https://projectintegration.net/covid-19-schedule-plan.html
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