NCC – Good planning is key

25,000 activities = 250 pages in Gantt!
Not even the best planner can keep track of that!

Good Planning with Location-based Scheduling Is Key for NCC

“It is now rare that an NCC construction case is not delivered on time, and good planning is the key!” This is how Henrik Lindberg, Project Manager, NCC Building DK, started our talk about location-based scheduling. Henrik has worked at NCC for the past 7 years and has worked towards implementing the method – and it has succeeded!

The newest example is the housing development “Nicolinehus” in Aarhus: a large new development on Aarhus Ø of 65,000m2 for approximately 1 billion. This was delivered on time – and according to Henrik, the client, Martin Busk from Brix Group, is very satisfied.

Tommy Brun Rasmussen, Construction Manager and Building Engineer on the Nicolinehus project for NCC, says:

“As I see it, location-based scheduling is the only right way to plan, with a billion-dollar project like Nicolinehus. On such large constructions, you cannot achieve transparency in other ways. It could not be done with Gantt, for example. At Nicolinehus, our entire schedule was on one A0 sheet. In Gantt it would fill 50 A0 boards. The fact that you can coordinate all subjects and locations in a visual way makes all the difference. We know exactly where we need to be – and when – with all activities.”

Tommy has just been on a course in general project management, where the conversation fell on handling milestones, among other things.

“With location-based scheduling, you are gifted with milestones because activities are distributed across locations. And at the same time, you get the opportunity to follow up per location, and for that, we used the app Execute. Here we follow up on status and progress and can document exactly how far we have come at chairman’s and construction meetings. We often find that managers say that now they are done with XYZ, and then we can go into the app right away and check if it’s right. If it is not, we can document the opposite. And then we have to talk about it.

Previously, I worked on state registration in Excel. One of the challenges with it was that from the time I had registered the stall and went towards the scavenger to enter it into my PC, I was stopped by 4-5 men who all had urgent questions.

And before I reached the scavenger, I had almost forgotten that I was in the process of registering a hive.

Everyone agrees that stall registration is important, but it is a lot of work with the “old” method, e.g., using Excel. With the app, you can do it!

250 pages in Gantt = 1 page in LBS

Henrik Lindberg goes on to discuss some of the advantages of the method:

“The schedule I’m sitting with now has 25,000 activities. In Gantt, it takes up to 250 pages. The same schedule takes up only ONE page in the location-based schedule. And on the one hand, I have a visual overview of my entire schedule.”

Risk Analysis and Transparency

Henrik continues: “With the method, I get an overview of where the challenges in my schedule lie. That is the most important advantage, I think.

In practice, this means that when I use the method, I am also presented with a continuous risk analysis of my schedule.

As I plan, I immediately get an overview of the challenges the schedule contains. And because the method is so visual and simple to adjust, it is easy to solve the challenges on an ongoing basis.”

There is a typical reservation regarding the method that we confront Henrik with:

“Is it true that Location-based scheduling only works when there are many repetitions?”

Henrik replied, “No, that’s not true. Regardless of whether it is a residential building with 500 identical staircases, or whether it is a complex construction with many different locations, the point of location-based scheduling is completely different.

Namely, you get a visual overview of where the challenges in the schedule lie with this method.

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