♦ Because Project Controls & Construction (PC&C) team typically work with many different subcontractors, they were having a hard time checking the health of their fully integrated schedules on a regular basis.
♦ Project information was in many different places, and the team was using more than 15 different filters in their existing software at any given time.
This amounted to a huge amount of work for the Scheduler to integrate all applicable information and updates to prepare for weekly check-in meetings and ongoing baseline reviews.
♦ Project Controls Supervision also had a hard time investigating the quality of schedules, as they were relying on disorganized data in multiple places; and Project Management didn’t have a simple view into the quality of schedules.
♦ AEP investigated available tools that could help them consolidate data and improve overall scheduling process – ultimately deciding to implement Acumen Fuse.
♦ Using Acumen Fuse, the Principal Scheduler and other key contributors developed new processes around the tool.
They used the S2 Diagnostics tab to identify the key metrics or general “health checks” they would use for each schedule, and customized additional metrics to meet internal PC&C requirements.
♦ The team also adjusted their P6 archiving process so they could leverage the detailed forensics capabilities of Acumen Fuse and gain insight into schedule changes made over time.
♦ All of the new parameters have been saved as a standard workbook that is used across the entire PC&C group.
♦ Since implementing Acumen Fuse, AEP has experienced the following key benefits:
»» A defined process for checking the quality of schedules
»» The ability to use AEP standards to check each point, helping to enforce their internal guidelines and procedures
»» Customizable metrics so that changes in processes and procedures can be considered
»» Expanded modules that accommodate Project Management maturity
»» The ability to use Acumen’s forensics capabilities to analyze changes in schedule