Project Controls and Scheduling

ARES offers a wide range of project controls and scheduling support services. Changes to the baseline are systematically documented to ensure an audit trail is established for schedule and cost baseline modifications. Projects are monitored and controlled using earned value techniques. Periodic reports and analysis are developed to ensure project performance is communicated in a way that all project stakeholders understand. Changes to the baseline are systematically documented to ensure an audit trail is established for schedule and cost baseline modifications.

Project Scheduling

Using the most up-to-date software, ARES helps our clients achieve accurate, reliable schedules. The project’s requirements and complexity are used to determine the right level of schedules. We use the DCMA 14-Point Assessment criteria to ensure our schedules will accurately plan and forecast project tasks and work packages. We utilize interviewing techniques to ensure schedule updates truly reflect current progress. When projects are losing float, we determine root causes and develop recovery plans.

Performance Measurement Baseline Development

ARES project controls experts are adept at integrating the technical scope, contractual requirements, contracting strategies, financial systems, project schedule, and cost estimate to develop both a work breakdown structure and an organizational breakdown structure. These structures provide the basis for the Control Account and Work Package planning. ARES creates budgets from the Cost Estimate and time phases those based on the Project Schedule to develop a performance measurement baseline all in the confines of PRISM G2, a cost management/earned value management software application. Objective earned value techniques are selected specific to each Control Account to ensure earned value is accurately calculated.

Monitoring and Control

During project execution, timely earned value monitoring is performed by integrating schedule progress, schedule forecasting, and budget changes. ARES project controls are experts at analyzing variances to determine root causes and develop mitigations. They also know how important it is get the cost forecast right. ARES utilizes calculations and project knowledge to quickly formulate reliable forecasts. The bottom-line is ARES communicates timely and accurate project performance to all project stakeholders using sophisticated reporting.

System Integration

ARES professionals are expert at integrating enterprise and project applications to develop a cohesive project management solution. Integrated applications include cost management, earned value management, scheduling, cost estimating, procurement, contract management, material management, financial, ERP, and dashboards.

EVMS Certification and Compliance

ARES project controls supports the EVMS certification process required on large government projects. We develop the processes, procedures, methods, and training necessary for on-going compliance.

EVMS Training / Mentoring

Many clients are new to using earned value on their projects. We at ARES are particularly good at helping clients achieve success in this endeavor. We have developed various training products that support implementation of PRISM G2 and Primavera P6 in an earned value environment. Many clients will use our professional mentors to work side-by-side with their project controls personnel to quickly raise their company’s expertise.

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