Break down your master schedule
Now your Lookahead is connected to your master schedule but lives in a separate place. We have built a powerful construction planning tool that can take your current schedule detail and apply it at the right time in the right place so that project teams can be more effective builders.
Team collaboration & accountability
Give multiple users access to the planning process without affecting your master schedule.
Easily drag and drop tasks
Once you start adding detailed tasks, it's very easy for you to drag and drop those tasks to build the right sequences with your trade partners.
Commit your planning session
Ready to move forward after your Planning Session? Your Weekly Work Plan is ready with one click.
Daily progress updates
Tasks at the lookahead level will automatically roll up to the activities of your master schedule as you update them.
Stop needless update meetings, avoid double data entry for your team and have your schedule updated at all times.
Lookaheads on your terms
Our construction planning software allows you to seamlessly push activities from the master schedule to your Lookahead giving you the ability to decide how far ahead you want to look, and what team members you want to involve along the way.Get started
Customizable construction planning software
Same as the schedule module, construction planning is done on your terms. Customize your column views by crew size, companies, tags, assignees, constraints, and more. You can also color-code activity tags or companies for easy visuals to use during your pull planning sessions.
"It fits extremely well with the Lookahead and then breaks down to the weekly planner. I think that it kind of echos the process we already want to do."
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Exportability for your crews
One click creates an exportable daily view, outlining your scope of work for the next month. This includes tasks by trades, durations, progress, roadblocks and working crews – easily shared and easily understood by anyone in the field.Get started
Constraints automatically integrated with Procore
Easily create constraints that will be shown on your lookahead for everyone in your team to see.
All the constraints are listed in a clean log which gives visibility on what is holding up work or has the potential to hold up work in upcoming tasks.
Every time a team member creates an RFI in Procore, it is automatically tracked in Outbuild and can be used as a constraint for one or more tasks.
Schedule updates and unexpected changes
The Modification Request feature allows superintendents and the field teams to communicate from the Lookahead level all the way up to the Master Schedule level.
This will allow for seamless communication regarding possible delays between the field and the executive team, creating a collaborative environment with real time feedback on your schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Outbuild construction planning software?
Outbuild’s construction planning software also known as the look ahead module refers to the short interval planning tool in Outbuild where you can break down your master schedule activities into more bite-sized tasks and choose the scope of work you plan to work on for the next couple weeks.
What does it mean to have look ahead tasks connected to the master schedule?
This is game changer. The connection is created by having look ahead tasks always stay connected to their respective master plan activities even when logic is changed in the master plan level or a master plan activity is shifted in the calendar. Look ahead data will keep its structure and change its start and finish dates to mirror the changes at the master plan level.
How do changes to my look ahead affect my master plan?
There are two ways to change data on your master schedule from the lookahead module. One is through progressing your lookahead activities. Outbuild will take the weighted average of that progress and reflect it in your master plan. The other way to change data is by submitting a modification request for more or less time at the lookahead level in Outbuild. Plan administrators will see these modification request tickets in the master plan and will have the option to preview, accept, or reject the request.
Can I choose the range of my look ahead?
Yes you can. By default there are options that go from 2 to 8 weeks, or you can choose to see a specific date range or your entire master plan schedule.
Can I involve my subcontractors or trade partners into look ahead planning?
That’s exactly what it is built for! Outbuild allows you to have unlimited users so all key stakeholders on the project can be involved in collaborative planning. All the while, our robust security and permissions features only allow the right players access to their relevant information; keeping your project schedule secure.
Is there logic ties at the look ahead level of Outbuild?
No they are not and that is on purpose. Not having logic ties at the short interval level of planning allows for far more adaptability and agility when executing a specific phase of work. Logic is however used to drive major schedule phases at the master plan level.
When you progress a look ahead task, does it automatically update the master schedule?
Yes it does. No more having to transfer that data from an excel document or a conversation with your field team. They can progress their respective tasks on their own in the lookahead and the weighted average of that progress is already calculated at the master plan level for you.
Which type of files can be exported from the look ahead module?
You can export your lookahead as a PDF file and Excel document.
Can I use Outbuild’s planning software module for pull planning?
Yes! With Outbuild's planning software module you can give access to multiple users to add theirs tasks, responsible, company and crew size. During your planning session you can then easily see the milestones and perform a pull plan from the last day and pulling back. With the bar charts colored by company color, everyone can easily see their tasks and provide feedback on the best sequence of work. Once the pull plan is complete, you can commit the following week to start tracking PPC and Reason for Variances.
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