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Ghost Schedules — What, Why & What's the Risk? (CCL550M)

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Pre Recorded Webinar
90 minutes
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Learn to Use Ghost Schedules Appropriately for Decision Making, Project Control and Faster Resolution of Claims and Identify the Associated Risks.

For various purposes, construction projects use Ghost Schedules, which are also called shadow/secret schedules and are used 'behind the scenes'. Contractors use them to record their original plan when owners refuse to approve early completion schedules or fail to grant time extensions as well as to manage subcontractors/suppliers to early finish dates. They are used for planned early completion schedules, "target" schedules, others' buy-in for early completion and contemporaneous project decisions. A decision from the Court of Federal Claims that ruled contractors are "not required to advise the owner of its planned early completion" affects active scheduling and delay analysis.

Owners have been seen to use Ghost Schedules in places when contractor schedules or updates are to be found unusable, because having an accurate as-built schedule permits the analysis of independent delay more informed project decisions about potential change orders. Since a Ghost Schedule is not the contract schedule there are pros and cons concerning its use.

ederal Courts have ruled that a contractor is under no obligation to advise a project owner of their intent to complete the work early. As a result, when owners refuse to accept an as-planned project schedule showing a planned early completion date, contractors are often tempted to use Ghost Schedules so that they are able to preserve their rights to file a delayed early completion claim.

This webinar by expert speakers Scott Beisler & James G. Zack, Jr., provides a thorough discussion on a type of schedule which is not uncommon but has rarely been written about - the Ghost Schedule. They will show how Ghost Schedules can be used by parties for better project control, decision-making and faster resolution of claims as well as the associated risks.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about the Differing Site Conditions clause and how it operates.
  • Know about the conditions that have been both covered and uncovered by the Differing Site Conditions clause.
  • Understand what must be proven to prevail on a differing site condition claim and what contractual requirements must be complied with in full.
  • Get familiar with various Court and Board of Contract Appeal decisions which are changing the "traditional" risk allocation under the Differing Site Conditions clause.

Session Highlights:

  • Definition of a Ghost Schedule.
  • Who keeps a Ghost Schedule on a project and why?
  • Inherent difficulties with the use of and reliance on a Ghost Schedule both during the project and at completion.
  • Inherent risks for both owners and contractors in employing a Ghost Schedule.
  • Identify a potential use for a common use Side Schedule during the execution of a project.

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and owner representatives managing capital improvement projects.
  • Contractor executives, project managers, project sponsors and project control personnel.
  • Construction managers and design professionals performing services during construction.
About Our Speaker(s)

James G. Zack Jr. | Construction Claims Management SpeakerJames G. Zack Jr.
Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™. The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Constr... More info


Scott Beisler | Construction Industry SpeakerScott Beisler
Scott A. Beisler is a Director in the Global Consulting Practice of Navigant Consulting, Inc. in Navigant's Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Beisler consults on a wide variety of matters related to the construction industry, particularly delay claims, project risk management (PRM) and scheduling of active construction pr... More info

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    Event Title: Ghost Schedules — What, Why & What's the Risk?
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