After planning construction activities in a construction project, the second step in successfully managing a project is developing the schedule of works which is popularly known as the construction program. Proper scheduling of the work tasks is the most critical aspect of the construction management process. The project schedule not only divides the work by activities, but it allows other parties to know what activities need to be performed and when. All construction parties need to be involved in planning the schedule and “buy into” the project sequence before construction begins. A schedule can be as simple as a bar chart or as sophisticated as a computer model, but it must be developed and utilized. In a bar chart, each bar represents an activity and the length of the bar represents the activity duration. The bars can be stacked and placed so that as one activity is completed, the next activity in the sequence begins. The figure shows a sample bar chart schedule where it clearly shows the sequence of construction activities.

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