Guidelines for Developing and Reviewing Baseline Schedules for Wyoming Transportation Projects

Wyoming has a short construction season that forces many transportation projects to be completed under tight schedules. Frequently, contractors fail to develop accurate schedules that consider logical work sequencing, reasonable productivity, and weather events. Inaccurate baseline schedules are problematic in terms of progress monitoring and may cause costly schedule slippage. Thus, this project will evaluate the current practices used by Wyoming heavy civil contractors to develop baseline schedules. Additionally, the project will look at how Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) engineers review and approve baseline schedules prior to work commencement. The research team will collect baseline schedules and daily work report (DWR) data to identify challenges and root causes of schedule delays. DWR data contain actual start and finish dates for construction activities. Thus, the project team will determine the actual productivity rates and work sequencing. Afterwards, the project team will compare the actual productivity rates and work sequencing against baseline schedules to identify accurate productivity rates and logical sequencing of activities. Finally, the project team will develop a set of recommendations to improve baseline schedule development and review. These recommendations will be validated by WYDOT engineers and Wyoming contractors to ensure future and realistic implementation.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $95787
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dept. of Civil and Architectural Engineering

    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abdelaty, Ahmed

  • Start Date: 20210507
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220901
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-654

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01773406
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 27 2021 7:02PM