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Daily Schedule: 8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only) 8:30am - Session begins
5:00pm -  Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily


Project planning, scheduling, and control is a very important function for project management. It represents the time estimating and tracking of the project. Projects that run behind schedule cost the contractor losses, while a contractor may earn bonuses for accelerating schedules. Project scheduling is a science and not just experience, trial and error, or gut feeling. This seminar is applicable to any type of project and it is an essential part of the overall project management. Topics include bar charts, logic networks, the Critical Path Method (CPM) calculations, creation of CPM schedules, analysis of float, precedence networks (PDM), schedule updating, project control and Earned Value analysis, resource allocation and leveling, schedule compression (acceleration), and tricks and tips for better project scheduling. The seminar contains many definitions, concepts, practical examples, and exercises. Although the seminar contains many references to software programs, its main objective is to teach the fundamentals, not computer applications.


Understand the concept of planning and scheduling projects and the importance of planning and scheduling projects

Learn how to create and read bar (Gantt) charts and node networks

Understand the concept of the Critical Path Method (CPM) in scheduling projects and how to perform CPM calculations and the definition of terminology relating to CPM

Learn the steps involved in creating a CPM schedule for any project. Also learn the concept of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and its applicability in project scheduling

Learn how to update projects to reflect actual performance as part of the project control effort. Also, learn the Earned Value concept with simplified examples

Learn the Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM), the four types of relationships, lags and leads; and how to apply CPM calculations to PDM. Also get a brief idea on other scheduling methods such as PERT and LSM

Learn the concept of resource loading and resource leveling and apply the concept to a simplified example

Discussion of a variety of scheduling related topics such as float analysis, delay claim prevention and analysis

Learn the concept of schedule compression and the techniques involved to crash projects

Get tips for better and more efficient scheduling and reporting including many software hints

Target Audience:
Project managers and all members of the project management team (project managers, engineers, superintendents, foremen, cost estimators, procurement managers, project administrators, inspectors, etc.) from all industries. Also attorneys who may be involved in delay claims.

        After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To: Understand the importance and purposes of project scheduling Know the steps involved in creating a schedule for any project Be able to create and read bar charts and networks Understand the Critical Path Method (CPM): the concept, the calculations, and the definitions Understand Precedence Networks and their CPM calculations Know how to do project updating and control, and understand the concept of Earned Value analysis Understand resource allocation and resource leveling Know how to do schedule compressions Be familiar with other scheduling methods such as PERT and LSM Get general tips and tricks in scheduling, making your schedule better and more efficient
Seminar Outline: Introduction, importance of scheduling, definitions Steps involved in creating a schedule along with more definitions and the introduction of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Bar charts and networks (arrow and node), examples, exercises The Critical Path Method (CPM): concept, calculations, definitions, examples, exercises, lags and leads, discussion of CPM-related issues Precedence Networks (Precedence Diagramming Method, PDM): the four types of relationships, CPM calculations, new definitions, examples, exercises   Updating projects, importance of updating projects, steps involved in updating projects, project control, baseline schedule, measuring work progress, types of percent complete, Earned Value Analysis, examples, exercises Resource allocation and resource leveling, concept and examples, how to do resource leveling using computer software Schedule compression, time-cost trade-offs, how to crash a project, examples Other scheduling methods: PERT and LSM: A brief idea Tips and tricks in scheduling, making your schedule more efficient, using the software, documentation, effective communications, delay claims   Instructor: Dr. Saleh Mubarak, Ph.D., P.E. Dr. Mubarak earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering, specializing in construction management. He comes with over 12 years of experience in the construction industry where he took on different jobs (structural engineer, field engineer, cost estimator, scheduler, project control, project management, trainer/instructor). He worked under private and public entities as well as a private consultant. Since July 2002, he has been working as the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) manager for the Public Works Department, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. In addition, Dr. Mubarak worked as a full-time professor for over 7 years and as an adjunct professor for 6 more years. In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses, he conducted research, advised students, and served on a variety of committees.

Dr. Mubarak has been teaching continuing education seminars for over 10 years in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the Middle East. He helped develop a comprehensive project management training program at the Hillsborough County. Dr. Mubarak is an author of two books “How to Estimate with Means Data & CostWorks”, 3rd Edition, and “Construction Project Scheduling and Control” and numerous technical articles. He made numerous presentations in seminars and conferences. Dr. Mubarak is an active member in the PMI and PMI-College of Scheduling. Mubarak was recently chosen by the PMI as a member of a committee to write the new professional scheduler certification exam.


He possesses excellent communications, teaching, and training skills. He has special interest and made numerous presentations on diversity and multiculturalism. He is a Competent Toastmaster (CTM).

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEUs

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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