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Columbia University

Construction Scheduling

Columbia University via Coursera


Learners will discover the key project scheduling techniques and procedures including; how to create a network diagram, how to define the importance of the critical path in a project network, and defining project activities float. Also covered are the fundamentals of Bar Charts, Precedence Diagrams, Activity on Arrow, PERT, Range Estimating, and linear project operations and the line of balance.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Activity Floats
    • Professor Odeh introduces the types of floats in a construction project including; total float, free float, interfering float and independent float.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Taught by

Ibrahim Odeh



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  • Anthony Tumolo

    Anthony Tumolo is taking this course right now.

    If you actually watch the videos, complete the peer reviewed assignments, and take the quizzes, this is a great course. They don't hold back in terms of the amount of information covered.

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