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.
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Who Should Attend
James G. Zack Jr.
James G. Zack Jr. is the Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum – the construction industry’s global resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Formerly, Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management for Fluor Co... More info
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 constructio... More info