Founded in 1984, Draper & Associates is a construction consulting firm focused on assisting our clients in delivering successful projects.
Over our history, we have worked on more than 4,900 projects throughout the United States and Internationally. We have worked in a wide variety of markets for Owners, Developers, and Contractors. However, our guiding principle is the project is our client and our sole focus is on ensuring project success.
As independent construction consultants, we are dedicated to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a superior scheduling and project control process that facilitates Accountability, Objectivity, and Control.
Our People + Our System = Project Success
We believe the most important skill set of an effective scheduling consultant is a diverse knowledge of construction. While this may seem like common sense, across the industry there are many calling themselves construction schedulers because they can operate a computer program.
Our consultants have expertise across a range of tools utilized in the construction industry including Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project. However, they also bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise to ensure that what goes into the schedule is realistic and achievable.
Our expertise and focus on the schedule assist our clients in proactively identifying and overcoming complex issues that could potentially have a negative impact. Our consultants see a wide variety of projects across the country each year. This experience is what they bring to the table to help your project succeed.
The Draper System
The Draper System was born out of the need to take a complex process that involves a large number of interrelated activities and present it to a diverse group of stakeholders. This information should be clearly understood, communicated and implemented. We believe people comprehend and retain information more effectively when it is presented in a graphical nature. This is apparent in the tools our consultants utilize.
The foundation for any construction project is the Overall Project Schedule (OPS). The Draper Graphic OPS is a Critical Path Method (CPM), time-scaled network diagram. We believe this format offers our client multiple benefits including:
- Easy to Read – graphical depiction of activities & logic
- See the Big Picture – entire project on one sheet of paper
- Team Mentality – trades see & understand relationships
- Reduce Risks – logic errors are easily identifiable
- Proactive Management – reduce potentially costly time impacts up front
While having an overall plan for achieving project success is critical, we understand that situations arise which impact the plan and our consultants work with the project team to identify and solve issues before the impact the project delivery. The Draper consultant has a broad array of tools that are utilized across the life cycle of a project.
Another key tenant of the Draper System is utilizing a team-based approach to planning and managing a construction schedule. The latest buzzwords in the industry are Pull Planning and Lean Scheduling. The core components of these systems are found within the Draper system. We have been practicing them since 1984.
To learn more about how the Draper System can make your project a success, Contact Us.
“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.