Scheduling Consultant (HOU)
EDUCATION & REGISTRATION(S)
- M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Iowa
- B.S. Civil Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
- Exam 483 Programming in C#, Microsoft Certificate
Scheduling Consultant (HOU)
James Ma is a Scheduling Consultant at Draper & Associates’ (Draper) Houston office. As a member of the firm’s Construction Services Division, she provides construction scheduling, construction management, project management, and claims analysis services.
Before joining Draper as a full-time Scheduling Consultant, Mr. Ma served as an Engineer in the United States Army. During his service, Mr. Ma performed construction assignments leading a vertical team on one of the largest military installations. He participated and accomplished multiple projects with tasks including developing construction team schedules, supervising progress, adapting changes and modifying schedules. While transitioning after his service, Mr. Ma explored his interest in programming and gained object-oriented coding experience. Mr. Ma is also bilingual as a native Chinese speaker.
“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.