JFP is in control of the details

A schedule that you can use for everything!

The project manager at JFP, Morten Høj Christensen, has been using location-based scheduling for several years. When I ask him if he would consider Gantt as a schedule for one of his projects, silence is at the other end of the phone.

“I just can not understand why I should do that.”

For Morten, it makes sense to work with cyclograms. One of the strengths is that you are forced to plan in more detail.

“There are many factors that can easily be skipped in a Gantt timetable – anyone can schedule in Gantt, but cyclograms require you to think ahead early and make a number of good decisions.”

Morten spends a lot of time at the beginning of a project to achieve the right layout of the locations. He deals with the floor plans, floor by floor, room by room, and looks at what activities must exactly take place in the individual areas. He makes decisions that ensure a good flow between all activities and maximum utilization of all areas of the construction site. At the same time he ensures a stable occupation of all areas.

  • Firm: JFP
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Everyone can create a schedule in Gantt. However, cyclograms require that you think ahead early and make a number of good decisions.

– Morten Høj Christensen, Project Manager, JFP

The subcontractors are happy

Morten tells:

“By ensuring that the individual craftsmen have reserved their areas of construction site at the right time, they can keep a good chord. And that means a lot to them. You need to consider far more factors here than in Gantt, and you’ll also get a timetable that you can really use for something and which the craftsmen are happy with.”

The Management Supports

JFP is a strong growth company that wants to constantly optimize its work processes. Therefore, they are also interested in new working methods, if there is something to get out there, like efficiency.

Morten and a number of colleagues participated in the method course, and the mood among them is very positive. Currently, some of his colleagues are working with cyclograms for the first time.

Morten tells:

“Everyone agrees that planning with a cyclogram takes longer at the beginning of a project, but if the result is a set of schedules that we can really use for something and that can streamline the design process, it does not matter. The management of JFP has also seen the benefits of the method and supported us.

It was not about whether we should start with the method, but how many people would start immediately. The support of the management is extremely important. And it is of great importance that we are many who work with the method so that we can discuss and exchange experiences. ”

It was not about whether we should start with the method, but how many people would start immediately.

– Morten Høj Christensen, Project Manager, JFP

Money at the bottom line

Some subcontractors looked a bit confused at first, but now they know what it’s all about. We often work with the same partners, so bit by bit most people know the method. And they are really happy about that. They are experiencing big profits.

There is no waste of time on the job site because everyone knows exactly when an area/location is dedicated to each topic. For example, if the electrician comes to a place to arrange something, but that place is reserved for the plumber, he must kindly ask for permission and arrange himself. The plumber has the right to be in this place that day. This facilitates coordination.

It is easier for subcontractors to plan their work when their tasks are continuous and their staffing is stable. There should be no up and down. It’s money for them.

It is easier for subcontractors to plan their work when their tasks are continuous and their staffing is stable. There should be no up and down. It’s money for them.

– Morten Høj Christensen, Project Manager, JFP

Location-based planning is the future

Morten is convinced that the vast majority of construction supervisors will apply the method over several years.

“Planing schedules requires experience, and some of the experienced site managers may not be the best at working with a PC, and the graduates of the schools who know the method have no experience yet. But in a few years, when the young people start to gain more experience, it goes without saying that they work with the method on the construction sites.”