Achieving Project Success Within Your Budget
At Draper & Associates, we understand that scheduling services are not a “one size fits all” situation.
Each client and project is unique and requires a customized approach to achieving project success. When you engage with Draper, we can work with you to tailor our services to meet your scheduling needs while maintaining budget discipline.
Below are the typical service models we have utilized to serve our clients:
FULL SERVICES – over our 39 years of providing CPM Scheduling Services, we have developed a “standard” service model that meets the needs of the majority of our clients. This model typically provides for:
- Overall Project Schedule (OPS) development
- Job Coordination Meetings – held bi-weekly and conducted on-site
- Detailed Progress Reports
CORE SERVICES – in certain cases, we can tailor the deliverables to ensure that the services we are providing meet the needs of the client. Typically this will involve removing the detailed Progress Reports and only providing the Action Item Agenda and update Near-Term Schedule. By scaling down the scope of the progress report, the level of effort required for each meeting is reduced.
REMOTE SERVICES – the time and cost of traveling to an on-site JCM can be cost prohibitive for projects that are not in close proximity to one of our three offices. Due to the Covid pandemic, the utilization of remote meetings has become more prevalent amongst our clients. While we strongly believe that face-to-face meetings and physically walking the job site is critical to our ability to provide effective services, we have found that a combination of on-site and remote meetings can provide a cost-effective solution.
DATABASE SCHEDULE MANAGEMENT – in some cases our clients require outside expertise to maintain their database schedule (Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, ASTA PowerProject). Our consultant conducts virtual meetings to status the schedule and provide required reports and analysis.
SPS/OPS DEVELOPMENT -in many situations, Draper is engaged to develop the initial Summary Project Schedule (SPS) during the Preconstruction Phase of the project. Additionally, Draper can be engaged to develop the Overall Project Schedule (OPS) with no additional services.
P6 DEVELOPMENT – Draper has a proven system for developing the initial OPS that serves as the baseline for conversion to a P6 schedule. In certain situations, a client will utilize Draper only to develop and deliver the schedule that the client internally maintains for the duration of the project.
Whatever your scheduling needs, Draper has the people and systems to help you deliver a successful project.
Our CPM Scheduling Services Includes
Pre-Construction Planning – Summary Project Schedule (SPS)
Construction Schedule Development – Overall Project Schedule (OPS)
Schedule Monitoring & Controlling
Schedule Delay Analysis/Recovery Scheduling
Pull Planning /
“Draper has been an invaluable asset to our organization, assisting Kast with its preconstruction service needs, project strategy, scheduling services and other aspects of our business. Frankly, I’m not sure what we would have done in the absence of having Draper serve as a member of our team. Clearly I would recommend Draper to any firm who is seeking high caliber professional scheduling services.”
“The value add that Draper & Associates provided on our replacement hospital project was well worth the money. While we did not have in-house scheduling resources, the Draper process proved to be flexible and functional for our project team and subcontractors. The scheduling experience, ability to adjust “on the fly” with our changes, projections through the OPS, and detail provided by the NTS format, proved to be an asset to the project. I would highly recommend Draper’s services, and consider engaging with them for another project.”
“Every project that the Draper system was fully implemented on was delivered on time or early. Every project they were not on or fully implemented those projects did not deliver on time. Financially it is a no brainer when you measure the cost of their services versus the costs of delivering one day late.”
“I’ve been using Draper on all of my projects for the last 3 years. They work with our in-house teams to set up the OPS and then work throughout the project with our team and our Subcontractors to make sure everyone is working efficiently towards meeting the project’s goals. Draper’s scheduling makes it very easy for me to look at a monthly report to quickly know the status of every project I have under construction, and the look-ahead schedules are very easy for everyone in the field to know where they are and where they need to be at any given time.”
“Draper has been an integral part of our team for the last few years. Their schedules are very easy to read and make the field team’s job much easier when scheduling the subs. The bi-weekly meetings are a great tool to use for keeping the subcontractors engaged with the flow of the job. I firmly believe that Draper is one of the most important tools we use in keeping the jobs on schedule.”
A project that is scheduled with Draper affords the user the flexibility to present the data to the Subcontractor’s and the Development Team in multiple formats (both overall and near term projections). The schedules are logic-based like primavera and other predecessors, however, they are much more visually appealing and easy to decipher for field personnel. Draper’s hands-on tailored approach lends itself to production in the field, reduces the opportunities for miscommunication, and ensures your project has a strong administrative base to support all functions of the construction process.