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Vico Presents Two LBMS Sessions at the Construction CPM Conference

Posted by Holly Allison on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 @ 05:57 AM

Are you or a colleague attending the Construction CPM Conference in New Orleans in January?


You will definitely want to add the two workshops Vico is presenting to your show calendar:


Monday, January 28

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Schedule Planning and Production Control


This session is designed for planning teams who want to learn more about Location-Based Scheduling and how it is used in complex, commercial construction projects.


Participants in this session will enjoy a deep dive into:

  • Location Breakdown Structure:  Intrinsic to model-based scheduling is the planner’s ability to define multiple location structures for trade-specific work sequences. These locations are then used to perform location-based quantity takeoff which is the input for location-based cost and schedule planning.
  • Schedule Planning: In model-based scheduling, the planning process is a scientific derivation of the BIM model geometry for quantities, combined with locations and crew productivity rates.
  • Flowline Theory: This scheduling approach asserts that subcontractors can work at optimum productivity rates with optimum safety and craftsmanship if their location is free of unnecessary materials and other crews.
  • Scheduling Simulation: Your Owner deliverables should be more than a simple schedule movie – it needs to be a powerful playback of the scientifically-derived Flowline schedule based on quantities by location and crew productivity rates.  Use it to illustrate the schedule to the Owner, supplemented by the cost- and resource-loaded schedule.
  • On-Site Monitoring: Using a simple Control Chart, team members update the Task per Location status on a daily or weekly basis and project stakeholders can easily identify schedule problems.
  • Look-Ahead Forecasts: Forecasting tools enable planners to easily analyze project schedules based on actual progress.
  • What-If Scenarios: Run what-if scenarios to determine outcomes should work continue as-is.
  • Collaborative Planning: Design solutions to alleviate the problem (more manpower, different locations,  commitments from other Subs)
  • Communication: Design 4D simulations specifically for each trade to better communicate what needs to be achieved on-site.


BIM doesn’t stop at Preconstruction – it moves out with Operations to the field.  Learn what it takes to offer the Owner a completely different experience with cost-and resource-loaded schedules that are updated during the construction phase of a project. Cost-loaded schedules allow project teams to determine planned cost at a point in time and compare that to the actual cost from reported completion. Creating and maintaining these deliverables, as well as creating the progress reports, is only possible with a solution tightly integrated around the 3D model, the 4D schedule, and the 5D estimate.


Location-based scheduling introduces a host of new skills and deliverables for the planning team.  Learn what it takes to use BIM models to power your scheduling workflow.


Monday, January 28

3:35pm – 4:50pm

Implementing Location-Based Scheduling: Four Hospital Case Studies


If this is your third year attending the conference, you may have seen previous tracts about Location-Based Management System and preliminary data from the field.  Now with many projects underway and several nearing completion, we can report on definitive results from this new method of construction scheduling and production control.


Hospital construction in California is very competitive and rigorous.  So delivering the project on-time and on-budget is the imperative for GCs around the state.  One approach to these high stakes is to deploy Location-Based Scheduling and Production Control to the project.  This means that durations are calculated based on quantities per location and the rate at which crews can complete each location.  However, creating an optimal schedule is only half the challenge – the other half lies in managing to the schedule on-site.


LBMS calculates durations with quantities and productivity rates


Implementing a new approach to scheduling and production work on high-pressure projects can be daunting.  But many firms are rising to the challenge and succeeding.  This session explores four new hospital campuses from California.  We examine the challenges they faced, how they overcame them, and the project results. 


Participants in this session will:

  • Learn how to introduce new scheduling practices without threatening workers;
  • Learn the importance of having scheduling experts on-site to help smooth the day-to-day hiccups;
  • Learn best practices for data collection and entry for forecasting;
  • Learn how to spot potential schedule disruptions from the forecast and apply optimization techniques to mitigate them;
  • Learn how to communicate better with subcontractors and coach them on pace improvements rather than harping about start dates;
  • Learn which reports and deliverables Owners appreciate most from this process (hint: it’s not a 600-page schedule summary).


Lessons learned from these complex hospital projects are useful on all types of construction projects around the globe.  But the key is having management champions who believe there is a better way to build and deliver these projects, even if it involves introducing a disruptive technology on these high-value/high-visibility hospitals.


We hope you’ll be able to join us at the conference.  But if your travel schedules don’t allow it, please be sure to take advantage of these resources on the subject:

Webinar: Introduction to LBMS and LPS

Webinar: How Scheduling Fits into the 5D Workflow

Webinar: LBS Manager for Quantities by Location

Webinar: Planning AND Controlling the Construction Schedule

Webinar: Detailed Schedules from Concept-Stage SketchUp Models

Webinar: CPM Match


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