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ScheduleLinear Scheduling MethodProgram Evaluation And Review Technique (PERT)Critical Path Method

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Approx. 28 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

10 minutes to complete

Introduction to Construction Scheduling

The first module provides an overview of the Construction Scheduling course and the topics that will be covered. Learners will discover the relationships connecting construction activities, how to perform scheduling procedures, how to determine critical path and more. Professor Odeh will describe the differences between calendar dates and work dates and teach how to deal with uncertainty in construction projects. ...
1 video (Total 10 min)
1 hour to complete

Bar (Gantt) Charts

The second module introduces bar or Gantt charts and how they are used as scheduling tools. Bar charts represent a project work item or activity as a time scaled bar; the length of which represents the planned duration of a construction activity. ...
3 videos (Total 28 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Using Bar (Gantt) Charts8m
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Bar (Gantt) Charts8m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Gantt Chart14m
1 hour to complete

Activity Precedence Diagrams

In this module, learners will create Activity Precedence Diagrams, also referred to as Activity on Node Diagrams, which graphically represent the construction activities in a project and their relationships. ...
3 videos (Total 31 min)
3 videos
Recommendations for Building AON Diagrams12m
Examples of Activity Precedence (AON) Diagrams9m
1 hour to complete

Types of Construction Activity Relationships

This module provides an overview of the types of construction activity relationships encountered in a construction project and how to represent them in an activity precedence diagram. ...
5 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Types of Relationships between Construction Activities7m
Start to Start Relationships7m
Finish to Finish Relationships4m
Multiple Relationships3m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Activity Relationships18m
1 hour to complete

Forward and Backward Pass Calculations

Forward and Backward Pass Calculations are covered in this module. Forward Pass Calculations determine the minimum dates at which each construction activity can be performed and, ultimately, the minimum duration of a construction project. Backward Pass Calculations compute the latest dates by which each construction activity can be performed without increasing the projects minimum duration....
4 videos (Total 44 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Backward Pass Calculations8m
Example 1: Activity On Node Diagram7m
Example 2: AON and Forward/Backward Pass Calculations11m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Activity Precedence Diagrams, Activity Relationships and Forward/Backward Passes34m
1 hour to complete

Critical Path

Professor Odeh discusses the importance of critical path in this module including what it is and why it is important. Learners will identify a critical path in a project and how to determine a critical path in different relationships....
6 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Critical Path in a Project Schedule10m
Determining the Number of Critical Paths in a Project2m
Imposing Lag Durations in Critical Path12m
Determining Critical Path in a Start to Start Relationship7m
Determining Critical Path in a Finish to Finish Relationship6m
1 practice exercise
Critical Path Method20m
1 hour to complete

Activity Floats

Professor Odeh introduces the types of floats in a construction project including; total float, free float, interfering float and independent float....
5 videos (Total 45 min)
5 videos
Activity Floats9m
Determining Total Float and Free Float6m
Introduction to the Interfering Float9m
Independent Float9m
1 hour to complete

Understanding Work Dates and Calendar Dates

In this module, the difference between working dates and calendar dates is explained and how to chart both in a project plan. ...
3 videos (Total 26 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
The Relationship between Calendar Days and Work Days7m
Charting Work Dates and Calendar Dates9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Floats and Work-Calendar days20m
4 hours to complete

Activity on Arrow

Activity on Arrow diagrams are the topic for this module. Professor Odeh will discuss how to draw an activity on arrow diagram and how to number the nodes. Forward and Backward Pass calculations and determining the duration of a project are also covered. ...
8 videos (Total 72 min), 2 quizzes
8 videos
Drawing an Activity on Arrow Diagram6m
Numbering Nodes on a Diagram2m
Practice Drawing Activity on Arrow Diagrams4m
Advanced Activity Diagrams14m
Adding a Key to An Activity on Arrow Diagram17m
Backward Pass Calculations6m
Determining the Duration of a Project8m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Activity on Arrow20m
1 hour to complete

Program Evaluation & Review Technique (PERT) and Range Estimating

The Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) is introduced in this module which relates to uncertainty in estimating the duration of construction activities in a project schedule. PERT helps project managers determine the probability of a project being completed in a certain number of days. ...
6 videos (Total 73 min)
6 videos
Probability of Completing a Project: Normal Distribution5m
PERT Probability Example12m
PERT Example on Completing a Project10m
PERT Calculations: Critical Activities16m
Applying PERT: Range Estimating19m
1 hour to complete

The Role of the Scheduler in Construction Management

Jennifer Buermann, of the STV Group, discusses the role of the scheduler in a construction project and how to determine if a project is on track to meet the estimated goals. Also covered are ways to adjust to ensure the project stays on track. ...
3 videos (Total 22 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Insuring a Project Stays on Track6m
Keeping Accurate Records of Project Progress7m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on PERT and Role of Scheduler20m
3 hours to complete

Linear Construction Operations and Line of Balance

Professor Odeh introduces linear construction; projects that have linear, or repetitive, properties. Also covered is the Line of Balance scheduling method which is a way of allocating resources for repetitive processes. ...
5 videos (Total 59 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Line of Balance (LOB)9m
LOB Diagram6m
LOB Example: Develop a Schedule12m
Visualizing LOB12m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Line of Balance20m
3 hours to complete

Technology Applications for Scheduling

Dareen Salama, of the STV Group, discusses the technology applications used for scheduling. Dareen provides an overview of the applications used for scheduling development, schedule analysis, sharing and collaboration and visualization. ...
12 videos (Total 138 min), 1 quiz
12 videos
Software Applications Overview9m
MS Project Scheduling Overview13m
MS Project: A Deeper Dive17m
Primavera P6 Overview12m
Primavera P6 Critical Path11m
Primavera P6: Gantt Chart12m
Primavera P6 Importing Activities and Running Schedule9m
Schedule Analysis and Applications9m
Schedule Application: Custom Tools10m
Building Information Management (BIM) Tools14m
Integration of the Model and Schedule Tools9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Technology Applications20m
1 hour to complete

Scheduling for Large Programs

Christopher Toomey, Senior Vice President of AECOM Global Programs, discussed scheduling for large programs also known as the Integrated Master Scheduler. Mr. Toomey illustrates how to develop and maintain the Integrated Master Schedule and identifies key features. ...
3 videos (Total 26 min)
3 videos
Scheduling for Large Programs 27m
Scheduling for Large Programs 38m
1 hour to complete

Risk Allocation and Planning

Dr. Eduardo Gamez, Deputy Director of Risk Management for AECOM, introduces Risk Allocation and Planning. Dr. Gamez discusses the importance of formal risk management and how to use risk assessment as a support tool for planning and scheduling. ...
6 videos (Total 85 min)
6 videos
Risk Allocation: Defining Success10m
Risk Allocation Analysis15m
Sample Risk Profiles15m
Risk Assessment13m
Risk Allocation: Schedule and Concluding Remarks16m
1 hour to complete

Lean Design in Construction Scheduling

Sam Spata, of MethodLean, discusses lean design and lean scheduling. The concept of Flow is introduced, the process of how to get from the beginning to the end of a project, as a measurable addition of value. ...
4 videos (Total 40 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Lean: Flow4m
Lean Design and Lean Scheduling11m
Lean Scheduling and Planning12m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Large programs, Risk and Lean30m
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By FLDec 27th 2016

The Course is very interesting and helpful from all prospective. I'm the project Owner and it was great experience for better understanding of the scheduling, different techniques and Lean Delivery.

By BAMar 16th 2019

It was a very dynamic course which contained many useful knowledge. I gained many important information that will help me a lot.\n\nThanks to Coursera and to my Instructors.



Ibrahim Odeh, Ph.D., MBA

Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Director of Research and Founder, Global Leaders in Construction Management

About Columbia University

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About the Construction Management Specialization

Construction Management is the planning, coordinating, and building of a project from conception to completion. This specialization is intended for Construction industry professionals, engineers, and architects looking to advance their careers. Students interested in learning about construction project management would also benefit from this specialization....
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