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Infrastructure Project Schedule & Estimating Support:

Developing a detailed project estimate, baseline and project schedule that each stakeholder can agree to is the first and most important step in achieving project success.

No matter where your team is in the project lifecycle, Petroglyph Projects applies straightforward, intuitive and results oriented processes targeted towards producing actionable data driven insights.

Consisting of a wide ranging set of offerings, our focus is on generating meaningful value for our valued clients.

The team at Petroglyph Projects has the proven experience and expertise to provide a robust level of schedule and estimate development and support to help you attain a reliable project estimate, baseline and schedule, no matter where you are in the project lifecycle.

We’re project people, not software people. Our reputation for making it meaningful sets us apart from other consulting firms.

By deploying both human and technical resources, we parse all the project details and deliver the peace of mind of a reliable project estimate and schedule, in a highly effective manner ideal for project teams on a restricted schedule.

Often, this looks like a multi-staged process that results in all the project details arranged in a specialized scheduling software tool that provides the internal project team the ability to take over after initial set up.

In other cases, we are brought in as an extra pair of hands to expedite the existing processes in the software tools already used by the organization.

Our schedule and estimating support services are tailored to our client’s needs and range from complete end to end project support or on an as needed basis when and where needed throughout the project lifecycle.

Our scheduling and estimating support services include the following:

    1. Schedule Scenario Assessment
    2. Schedule Quality Assessment
    3. Interactive Planning Sessions
    4. Integrated Schedule Development
    5. Schedule Progress & Performance Analysis
    6. Schedule Progress Monitoring & Reporting

Schedule Scenario Assessment

Schedule scenario assessments evaluate key milestones, quality & project readiness.

Typically begun after risk and feasibility assessments have been completed, and the project has been assessed to be in line with business objectives.  

Scenario assessments can be used to assess mitigation options, what-if scenarios, strategic possibilities, feasibility of execution changes, opportunities for schedule enhancement and other relevant data to support data driven decision making in order to arrive at an optimized, realistic and reliable critical path to project completion.

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Schedule Quality Assessment:

A plan developed with the input and buy in of the project planning and scheduling team exponentially increases their ability to execute a project with success.

A schedule quality assessment evaluates all components of the schedule’s model, structure and development methodology against established benchmarks and best practices for a complete, reliable and logical schedule.

This process includes the evaluation of all components of the schedule structure and development methodology, review of the Schedule Basis, and an assessment of the model’s comprehensiveness.

A schedule quality assessment can apply to schedules created internally, or received from external parties like contractors for the execution of a specific scope of work.

The evaluation of the characteristics of the schedule provides a high level of insight to the project team on how confident they can be in the schedule’s quality. The subsequent report highlights how well your schedule scores in both metrics and logic and provides recommendations to increase the quality of the schedule model.

Interactive Planning Sessions:

Our Interactive Planning Sessions are on site facilitation sessions designed to help the planning team move the project schedule to the next phase.

Most useful when teams need to plan interface management points in the execution, assess the feasibility of alternative strategies or obtain agreement on the right next steps to obtain successful outcomes.

Whether your team is considering developing a new schedule, or needs to assess the viability of alternative strategies or what-if-scenarios we’ll provide a structured session informed by multiple decades of proven project performance to help the team move forward.

Integrated Schedule Development:

A fully integrated schedule is crucial to the execution and delivery of any large project.

An Integrated Schedule Development Process ensures the plans of the project partners/stakeholders are aligned horizontally and vertically to fully reflect the entire scope of the project.

Developing an Integrated Schedule is the process to guarantee that specific timing has been specified and associated to each milestone, and that all project players have fundamental alignment on key project dates.

We will work with you to develop the best approach to integrate multiple plans into an executable project schedule. The scope and complexity of the project will determine our level of engagement.

The deliverable, a Master Project Schedule is one that accurately reflects the full scope and has been agreed to by key stakeholders and partners.

The Schedule Basis memorandum will be issued together with the schedule, as it is critical that all key assumptions, methodologies, and parameters are clearly documented to support analysis and changes in the future.

Integrated schedule development is three-step process:

Data Integration & Validation:

Liaising between the planning teams, contractors, project owner and other parties involved in the project to obtain and validate the required project documents and schedules is the first step in the integrated schedule development process.

This step is critical to ensure the final master schedule contains the raw data and inputs from all stakeholders.

If we’re working to build the schedule or estimate in a specialized linear scheduling software, pipeline estimating software or construction project scheduling tool,  documents are imported or translated from software solutions currently in place ie: P6, MS Project and or excel workbooks.

Additional data inputs from project documents may include PEP, CEP, basis documents, alignment sheets and schedules, land acquisition data, survey data, engineering data and more.

Project Template & Spread Creation:

Once all the data has been gathered and validated for accuracy and completion we move to setting up the project in the selected estimating and scheduling software tool.

The outcome of this step is the first draft of master schedule template specific to the project, which is validated for logic, methodology and data accuracy. A master schedule template dramatically reduces future resource requirements from the internal project team during scheduling updates and changes.

Additional templates that accompany the master template may include those that automatically adjust to calculate the work rate for various crews, mass haulage and other deliverables when the project progress is updated.

This step can also include the creation calculation and baselining  of one or more project spreads. Depending on the project needs, the deliverable can include spreads for engineering, survey and land data and for each contracting organization.

Testing and Confirmation:

The project schedule templates are now ready for testing, revision and field usage.

We’ll work with the relevant parties to ensure schedule and estimate accuracy and adoption. In this phase we’re often retained to provide specialized software training in order to decrease ramp up time and expedite internal adoption rates.

Schedule Progress & Performance Analysis

Whether we’ve worked with you to arrive at a viable schedule or not, we’re available to analyze project progress against the baseline and provide quantitative data to validate or invalidate the performance of the team towards the project goals.

In some cases, the project team has data to suggest progress has been made, but can’t always substantiate where along the ROW. Or, earned value is in dispute and needs a deep dive into the data to support or defend claims.

Schedule Progress Monitoring & Reporting:

You cannot improve what you don’t measure.

Without regular monitoring of schedule progress, delays clashes and other unforeseen events can derail the project progress.

Regular monitoring and reporting on what’s done, where enables any deviations from the baseline to be caught and adjusted before things get too far off track.

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