Frank Adams Presents “Construction Scheduling Basics” to University of Houston Law Students

By: Gray T. Slocum

On February 23rd, Interface Consulting President Frank Adams spoke as a guest lecturer in a Basic Construction Law Course, co-hosted by attorneys Bill Andrews and Chris Ryman at the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Andrews is a shareholder at Andrews Myers, PC, a top-ranked construction law firm in Texas. Mr. Ryman is a director at Coats Rose, a co-founder and executive of the Construction Section of The State Bar of Texas and Construction Section of the Houston Bar Association.

Mr. Adams entered the classroom, along with myself and fellow Interface consultant Jessica Valor, and two flash drives containing duplicate copies of his presentation, “Construction Scheduling Basics for Attorneys.” Luckily, the backup copies were not needed, but it was a good precaution in case things didn’t go according to plan – as often occurs on construction projects.

As the students gradually entered the classroom and took their seats, Mr. Adams personally greeted each one individually, a trademark of Mr. Adams. As the title suggests, Mr. Adams covered the basics of different types of schedules commonly used in the construction industry, such as Start/Finish, Bar Charts, Critical Path Method (CPM), and Hybrid models. The lecture also touched on the different methods for Proof of Delay Claims. Such methods should be chosen based on the amount of project information available, with some of the most common methods being Planned vs. Actual, Collapsed As-Built, and Impacted As-Planned. Mr. Adams’s lecture was supplemented with material from the class’s assigned textbook, Construction Law, edited by William Allensworth, et al.

In the end, Mr. Adams proved his credibility as a scheduling expert when the presentation ended right as the timer beeped for class to end. We would like the thank Bill Andrews and Chris Ryman for inviting Interface Consulting to teach on the subject, and hope we prepared the students well for their upcoming exam on the topic!

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