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Pre-Planning - Beyond the Basics Seminar Recap

Monday, February 18, 2019  
Posted by: Tim Taylor
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The ECA Research and Education Committee held a seminar called, “Pre-Planning – Beyond the Basics.” The seminar was held on February 20, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois. The program was conducted by Mark Federle, McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University.

Pre-planning is an important skill for project managers. This course built upon an introductory pre-planning course and focused on enhancing the efforts related to pre-fabrication, lean construction, particularly with a focus on pre-planning to reduce waste and supporting the scheduling process with early identification of constraints. A deeper dive into the impact of schedule compression and “forced” acceleration by the construction manager and general contractor was provided.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of pre-planning incorporated in the on-line pre-planning modules into a project pre-planning effort, both internally and external pre-planning meetings
  • Incorporate pre-planning efforts into the overall prefabrication efforts
  • Use lean construction techniques especially those related to waste reduction to improve the pre-planning process
  • Develop strategies using pre-planning to better understand the cost and productivity impact on the electrical contractor when the CM/GC impact the electrical contractor with schedule compression and “forced” accelerations.

We thank Mr. Federle for his participation with this seminar.

Pictured above is Mark Federle, McShane Chair in
Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University,
as he began the program. 

Pictured above is Mark Federle as he facilitated the program.


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