Predicting Project Timelines


Scheduling Solutions For AEC Professionals

The average duration of a commercial construction project can vary significantly from several months to upwards of five or more years, depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, location, weather conditions, availability of materials, labor force and other requirements. Influences beyond anyone’s control impact the AEC industry daily, such as common storms halting progress or as complex as geopolitical conflicts disrupting supply chains globally.

With that in mind, we recognize we will never be able to create an accurate schedule for an entire project with 100 percent certainty. However, several emerging and legacy solutions are developing additional tools to help contractors, subs, suppliers and their partners ensure project success.

From the Data

The table below is pulled directly from the 2023 Annual BuiltWorlds Preconstruction Benchmarking Report and illustrates solution and satisfaction data from the 2023 Preconstruction Survey specific to Scheduling. Other topics in the report include Bid Management/Prequalification, Project Modeling & Simulation, Scheduling, Estimating, Lifecycle Costing and Value Engineering.

Clearly, industry-average satisfaction ratings for the engineering and construction companies who completed the survey are largely not positive. Considering how impactful this phase of construction is for project success, it will be interesting to see how investment in developing these technologies progresses. View the full report to see the Top Rated Solutions for each criterion.

BuiltWorlds’ 2024 Preconstruction Research will be released starting on March 14, beginning with the Tech Specialty Reports for each of the six technologies asked about in the 2024 survey, followed by the Annual Benchmarking Report and Top 50 List in the following weeks.

Our March 20 Analyst Call will highlight three companies aiming to streamline the scheduling process, mitigate delays and effectively communicate with all project stakeholders. Join the call to hear their perspective on how we can impact the satisfaction of the key functionalities in the chart above.

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About the Speakers and Companies

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About the Speakers and Companies

Garrett Harley, Director of Product Marketing, Oracle Construction and Engineering

Garrett Harley is an industry speaker, thought leader and project controls professional with over 20+ years in engineering construction technology. He started his career in Project Controls at Bechtel as a cost and schedule engineer and has been part of the Primavera/Oracle business in a variety of senior leadership roles including solution consulting, and product & industry strategy

One of the most frequently leveraged solutions per BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Data, Oracle is a cloud technology company that provides organizations around the world with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective. Primavera P6 is Oracles AEC solution to help prioritize, plan, manage, and execute projects, programs, and portfolios.

Michael Wong, Director of Customer Success, Outbuild

Mike Wong brings fifteen years of construction experience from job sites around the world to teach high-performing teams the benefits and successful practice of collaborative project planning.

Outbuild is a fully integrated scheduling and planning software built specifically for construction. With Outbuild, field crews have a cloud-based construction scheduling and planning software integrated with the lookahead that will help keep the field connected to the master schedule, better prevent delays, and deliver more projects on time.

Billy Upchurch, Product Manager, SmartPM

Billy Upchurch aims to solve some of construction’s biggest challenges by developing innovative solutions. Through merging his educational background in Building Construction and Product Management with fifteen years of practical involvement in delay consultancy, Upchurch currently serves as the Co-Founder and Product Manager at SmartPM.

SmartPM is an AI-powered Automated Project Controls™ and Schedule Analytics Platform that provides best-in-class schedule analytics tailored for the construction industry, crafted by experienced construction industry professionals. SmartPM’s cloud-based technology and unlimited user policy ensure all project stakeholders–from the C-Suite to the Site Team–stay informed about project status, allowing each party to identify and address their unique risks and financial implications.

Potential Discussion Topics

  • How each of their companies thinks about product updates, integrations and new features.
  • What do they currently think the biggest challenges are in terms of adhering to project schedules and how does their company address that?
  • What is the role of AI and advanced analytics in optimizing schedules, predicting potential bottlenecks and improving project scheduling accuracy?