Project Management

Selecting the Best Delay Analysis Technique

Ahmed Sedky is the Director and founder of Integrated Consultancy Inc., a Canadian company specialized in Project Management and Construction Claims Consulting.

Delay is the ugly truth on most construction projects. Delays could lead to disputes on who is responsible for them. This has created the need for forensic planning to assess the true cause of delay (and the responsible party for this delay) based on project facts.

The terms “delay analysis” and “forensic planning” are usually used interchangeably. They describe the techniques used to analyze the actual delay on the project and forecast the impact of the current delay on project completion dates.

Delay analysis is analyzing why the delay happened or what the expected impact of an event is. Forensic schedule analysis refers to “the study and investigation of events using CPM or other recognized schedule calculation methods for potential use in a legal proceeding”; “the study of how actual events interacted in the context of a complex model for the purpose of understanding the significance of a specific deviation or series of deviations from some baseline model and their role in determining the sequence of tasks within the complex network.” (AACE® International Recommended Practice No. 29R‐03 Forensic Schedule Analysis TCM Framework)

The term delay analysis is sometimes confused with time impact analysis. Forensic planning looks into analyzing the schedule to identify why a delay occurred to the project and how it …

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