How it Works

CPM-based scheduling meets lean principles

How It Works

Does it ever seem like your Gantt-style schedule is a bit disconnected from reality? Many schedules are still regarded as a static document that while well-intended, leave the on-site project team to fend for themselves to get ‘the actual work done’. With Grit, we combine multiple planning & scheduling operations into a single collaborative cloud & mobile based application to bring together the following processes:

CPM (Critical Path Method) based Gantt Charts

1, 3 and 6-Week Lookaheads

Procurement of Labor, Material, Equipment & Information

Weekly Coordination Meetings

Daily Huddles and Logs.

Master Schedule

Replace your PDF with something your team can explore

Import Primavera P6 or Microsoft Project files or create schedules using Grit’s Quick Edit tool. You can continue to enrich your schedule by assigning Subcontractor, Material/Submittals, Equipment, Submittal, RFIs to activities. Extend licenses to your entire team and allow them explore what they are concerned with. You can choose to import schedules in an editable or read-only state and no other pages are updated until Activate is confirmed on the Master Schedule. 

1, 3, & 6-week Lookahead

near term view of schedule, sorted by scope

When the schedule is Activated from the Master Schedule page, 1, 3 and 6-week lookaheads are automatically created so that the team can explore the near-term activities, sorted by subcontractor. In 1-week view, our DarkSky integration displays the upcoming 7 day forecast.


connect submittal and rfi due dates to active schedule

For the past few years, contractors have largely switched to tracking Due Dates for Submittals and RFIs in cloud-based SaaS solutions such as Procore. Yet, the Submittal section within our schedules have never seemed to notice. Now with Grit, import your Submittals and connect them directly to corresponding activities. This allows for the tracking of the material procurement even after the submittal has been approved. 

work plans

Weekly/daily schedule commitments and progress tracking

To complete the cycle, the schedule is then fed into a backlog for Weekly Work Plans. The week prior, the Work Plan is used to track commitments and determine handoffs between trades. In the Flow view, project teams can visualize and communicate different flows based on shared Workspace, Labor, Equipment,  or Material. A Kanban board view is also available to easily visualize what is Committed, In Progress, Ready for Review and Approved.

4D – model viewer

3d model viewer added to master schedule, lookahead and work plan pages

When our integration with the Autodesk Forge viewer, you can upload models, or connect to your BIM 360 account in order to connect your schedule activities to model elements. This allows for 4D playback animations and using model parameters to quantify Labor, Material and Equipment quantities. 

Floor-d – plan viewer

2d plan viewer added to master schedule, lookahead, and work plan pages

With our integration with Procore and BIM 360, you can import PDFs and select the pages to be used to represent Work Area. Typically, these are Floor Plans and Site Plans. This process presents much of the same visualization and coordination power of 4D, but without the administration and difficulties of working with a model. This is a new feature within Grit, and we have a lot of plans for it. 

All parties can filter by Scope, Submittal, RFI, Material or Equipment making this a dynamic, explorable experience.
1, 3, and 6-week Lookaheads allow teams to focus on the near term. Filtering and search allow for enhanced analysis.
Connect Submittals and RFIs from Procore directly to activities, allowing live tracking of material and information procurement throughout the schedule.
Using Kanban Board or Flow views, Grit feeds your schedule through a backlog of work for commitments, starts and completions…
Import your BIM elements to connect to schedule activities to visualize and coordinate work areas and quantify resource usage.
Similar to 4D, teams can draw their workspace for each activity to visualize sequence and mitigate against congestion.