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When you are working on a project, you are expected to report on the status and progress of the project. With construction projects, there are lots of contractual obligations. The statused contract programme is one of those obligations. The statuses programme gives us a sense of where things are at on the project. It provides a reference point for decision making and payment claims.

For statusing to occur, a few things need to be in place.

  • An agreed upon programme: if you are statusing a contract or a target programme, you need to have an agreed upon programme to use. It is important to maintain version history and document control to ensure you are updating the right version of the programme.
  • Planning software: you should be using planning software like Asta Powerproject, MS Project or Primavera P6. This ensures you are able to show a status line, progress line, any delays or scope changes and see the impact of changes to the programme calendars, scope and logic. Using a spreadsheet to status your construction project is not as reliable as using planning software.
  • Pictures and notes: you should be taking photos of your progress and taking notes of the works performed. This will be included in your status report and will be used to support your statused programme.
  • Minutes of meetings and directions issued by your principals: You should be checking back your minutes of your Planning & Control Group (PCG) meetings where instructions were issued on adjustments to the programme. In addition, you may have agreed to mitigation techniques to correct for delays on your project. So, you will need to review them against what has occurred and will be reported in the status report and statused programme.
  • EOT and NOD Registers: If your programme is showing delays, you will need to review this in line with the contractual requirements for delay notifications. You will also need to create an impacted programme showing the delays.

Solid Support offers programming support when it comes to statusing. 

  • Assisted programme status: we can come to your site to help you status your programme. This can also be done electronically over video conferencing solutions.
  • Independent reviewer: we are appointed to provide our own assessment of the project’s progress. This can be either by the builder’s or principal’s request.
  • Status reports: we can produce a written status report to go with the statused programme. This can be a lite, medium or heavy version depending on your requirements.
  • Training: we can train you how to status your programme through our planning software courses. This is usually module 2. You learn how to review the programme, baseline it and status it with various techniques.
  • NOD and EOT preparations: we can provide support in preparation of impacted programmes for NOD and EOT claims.
  • NOD and EOT claims assessments: we can assess programmes based on NOD and EOT claims.

Get in contact with us to see assist you on your current or future programming needs. 

About the writer

Daren Maynard BSc (UWI), MSc (Warwick), PhD (UTS) MIISE, PMP®. works as the National Training Manager at Solid Support. He is an Industrial Engineer specialising in Projects Portfolio Management. In the past 15+ years, he has taught at all levels of education. This teaching experience has been concurrent with his project management experience.