Project Scheduling, including Critical Chain Scheduling, and Project Risk Management
The ChallengeThe Boise Building Specialty Products Division is constructing a manufacturing facility to produce a new building materials product. The product incorporates reclaimed and recycled materials and is based on a process developed by Boise R&D. Bluewater was initially tasked with providing construction scheduling and monitoring services. The work request expanded to include planning the commissioning and start-up phases and helping the team quantify and manage the risk associated with the start-up of a development process.
The ProcessBluewater staff worked directly with the construction management staff and contractors to establish a baseline schedule that represented the coordination required by the various process systems and contract scope packages. Progress was monitored and reported on a weekly basis, using procedures suggested by Bluewater.
With respect to the development of the commissioning and start-up schedule, Bluewater introduced the concept of critical chain scheduling as a method to identify and manage the contingency associated with each of the start-up activities. We worked with the Boise Team to evaluate the risks and task durations for each of the key start-up activities. This information was combined with the process start-up logic to create the schedule.
The ResultsThe construction process is currently in progress. The weekly status information is being used to refocus resources and communicate with the project team. The critical chain commissioning and start-up schedule is in place. To date, it has been a valuable tool to focus resources on the high priority tasks and communicate risk and progress with Boise senior management.
For more information on these service, see our Scheduling page.
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