Construction Planning and Programming

Please note this course is currently offered as an in-house course only. Please click to get a quote for in-house training.

Includes post workshop Assessments and case studies for the year as well as access to dispute resolution experts.

This course is accredited through CESA, the ASAQS and the SACPCMP.


The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the contractual importance of the programme. It provides and overview of what a programme should include to prevent if from being superficially attractive, but effectively meaningless. Delegates will learn how to manage change using the programme using a practical approach on programme and planning.

The course will focus on the following topics:

Planning before Preparing the Programme

  • Introduction and terminology
  • Contract documents and programme
  • Scope of Works and Specifications
  • BOQ and drawings
  • Outline plan and strategy

Proposal and Acceptance of the Programme

  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Level of detail
  • Activity durations
  • Float and time risk allowance
  • Programme logic
  • Resources
  • Information and long lead schedules
  • Presentation, narrative and submission
  • Approval and baseline

Record Keeping

  • Records
  • Site diaries
  • Notices and correspondence

Updating the Programme

  • Frequency of updating
  • What should updated programmes include
  • Records to be used
  • Process involved

Variations, Disruptions and Delays

  • Dealing with site instructions and delays
  • Contemporaneous analysis of delays
  • Cause and effect
  • Interim claims
  • Concurrent delays and the effect on the entitlement to your compensation
  • Mitigation
  • Acceleration claims
  • Disruption claims

Revising the Programme

  • Reasons for revising the programme
  • Process involved


Additional information


Dirk Slabbert and Marc Hammick

Who Should Attend

The course will benefit all built environment practitioners [engineers, quantity surveyors, lawyers, project managers etc].

Course Outline

• Planning before preparing the programme
• Proposal and Acceptance of the programme
• Record Keeping
• Updating the programme
• Variations, disruptions and delays
• Revising the programme

Course Material

• Schedule of overheads used during the seminar
• Work Exercises

Accreditation Number

ASAQS CPD 2017/056 (P)