Need a better way to understand how progress is coming along? Earned value is great in concept, but often, contractors don’t want to share their estimates to provide the craft hours or dollars. There are also times when contract drawings are issued late and the financial details are worked out later. Time and material contracts have little motivation to provide those detailed estimates as well.
With precise planned quantities, discussions with the field are easier as well. Telling an electrician ,”cable pulls are 3,000 feet behind and this week 4,000 feet are planned” makes it easy to understand the electricians need to pull 7,000 feet this week to stay on track. Try telling them they need to “earn 70 man weeks with their 40 man crew. ”
As the scheduler witnessing each of those circumstances on previous projects, HITO has developed methods to track key quantities in P6. An activity’s progress is based upon physical quantities. Each activity has a specific scope and quantity of deliverable. Status is much more precise. Each contractor is more aware of the accomplishments of last week. The goals going forward are clear to all.