Construction Critical Path Method : The Forte of SFS

Construction projects are a precise sequence of actions that are designed towards a particularly intended result. From a layman’s view, it may appear to be an elaborately complex task or a simple matter of putting building materials together. In truth, construction is a process that is a culmination of several tasks and events, conducted in a particular order that results in the desired conclusion of the project. A proper and efficient construction requires systematic planning. That is where the application of the CPM method comes in for construction. A project can have many activity paths but there can only be one critical path. Since the critical path is the most essential path of activities that need to be accomplished to complete a task.

The construction critical path method (CPM) is a scheduling technique in the construction industry due to its simplicity and effectiveness. It generates a graphical view of a project and calculates how much time and resources are required to complete each activity. It also determines critical activities requiring attention so that the project can be completed on time. A CPM lists all activities in a project and includes information about how long each activity will take and how each relates to the completion of other activities. A critical path is determined by a detailed network diagram that takes into account each activity, its duration, predecessors, and lag. The critical path is the sequence of activities that are essential (critical) to complete the project. This allows project managers to calculate the total required duration of a project. Non-critical activities are also listed on a critical path diagram. These are activities that have more flexibility on time and will not have a major impact on the project. Project managers can organize critical and non-critical activities and consider different options for each. For example, they can consider a scenario where one activity takes longer than the company predicts and plan for how this would impact the project as a whole.

CPM also allows project managers to compare projects. With this planning method, they can compare project schedules, which projects are behind schedule, which are ahead, and why they got there. Project managers can apply these insights to other projects to proactively maintain schedules.

When project managers can identify the most essential activities required to complete a project, they can better plan the start and end dates for each activity. The CPM forces a construction project team to think critically about each project and create a well-thought-out plan that identifies the most effective activity sequences. 

CPM assists project managers to ensure that construction projects are completed on time and within budget. When a construction contract is signed, project managers can use the CPM to effectively plan and prepare for the upcoming project. They can break down all the necessary activities and slot them into the diagram, connect their interdependencies, estimate activity durations, and find the critical path to complete the project. Project managers can also use CPM to manage the project as it unfolds. They can update the diagram with actual start and finish dates for each activity and make adjustments where necessary.

CPM also helps construction site managers effectively manage each project activity on site. Once the project begins, site managers can use the CPM to effectively manage their teams and the tasks required to complete the project. They can use the CPM to stay on track and on time. It can even be shared with subcontractors so they can get a better understanding of what is needed to complete the project.

Square Feet Story offers standalone construction solutions in Bangladesh to allow landowners to have their dream projects built without sharing ownership of it. Backed by almost four decades of real estate experience of bti, an industry leader in the sector, SFS uses the construction CPM method to build and complete mesmerizing projects that have created a benchmark in the market. With a congregation of skilled experts, ranging from architects to planners to construction experts and much more, SFS believes in providing services that use the latest technologies and methods available in the country. If you are a landowner looking for such high-quality services, then Square Feet Story is worth a look.