Carolyn Faría

Carolyn Faria

Presentation: Scheduling During the Pandemic- Establishing Risk- Avoiding Claims

Abstract: Everyone and every single industry has been affected by COVID-19. To manage a project without its consideration might be reckless for the workers and for the health of the project.

Scheduling, once upon a time regarded only as a good practice, has since become more and more of a requirement and the basis for claims. The best outcomes in any claim many times comes out of the best documentation. Since March, industry leaders have been monitoring closely the impacts of the pandemic- trying to quantify it- a risk that has no end in sight- an ongoing productivity delay, but by how much?

I’d like to touch upon various analysis that are already out there such as The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association in an article published on 29 July 2020 reported that there was a 17.9% of productivity impact. Electri International – a foundation founded in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) released a report, quantifying the impact of pandemic on the construction industry. And the impacts of of COVID 19 Protocols.

Take- Aways: All stakeholders must understand that there is no one set of original durations that will be kept on time, and the more the specific and closed-in a project, those fitouts, those finishes will take longer. New schedules should carry a contingency for these impacts, current projects need to, more than ever document all productivity impacts and be timely communicating.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management

Biography: Carolyn Faría moved to Montgomery County in 2008 from Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She studied Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and received her Masters Degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland- College Park in 2013. From 2008-2016, she worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where, as a passionate and proud Hispanic woman, she was a part of the Diversity Management Advisory Committee (DMAC) and also Chaired the Hispanic Professional Advisory Committee for the NRC. In 2016 she made the jump to the private construction industry as a consultant at a firm in Bethesda and in 2018 started with O’Connor Construction Company where she leads as the Regional Scheduling Manager of the firm. In her free time, she is a wife and mother of 2 young children. She is an active member of her community’s school’s PTA and an ardent advocate of bilingualism and bi-literacy in Montgomery County.