How do you judge a good scheduling system? In more ways than one, construction companies should be popping the hood, so to speak, when it comes to their scheduling software to ensure it is built to last.

While some of the standard systems in the industry still apply, other products in the market have been steadily gaining momentum as being effective applications that allow considerable functionality and flexibility when it comes to the process of scheduling in construction.

Take, for example, Corecon V7. The fourth generation of the Web-based enterprise system from Corecon Technologies, www.corecon.com, Huntington Beach, Calif., boasts some rather robust scheduling functionality as part of the release. This is the result of the company continuing to leverage the latest Web technologies with each upgrade.

For instances, users are able to track multiple schedules per project and have them rendered in Gantt view. When scrolling horizontally or vertically in this view it takes on an almost Windows-like feel, requiring no refreshes to the screen. Such an enhancement, according to the company, is made possible as a result of using Microsoft Silverlight 4.0 technology.

Corecon has also paid considerable attention to the ability for users to link critical scheduling information from the field. Again, the open architecture and the use of the latest in technologies has allowed the company to link critical information to its Corecon Mobile. The company has tailored the solution specifically for all types of smartphone operating systems and even the iPad. Knowing that some in the field are using netbooks and laptops to link critical scheduling information, Corecon v7 requires only a browser and high speed Internet connection to link the data.

Another option in the scheduling field comes from UDA Technologies, www.udatechnologies.com, Auburn, Ala. With the recent release of UDA OnPlan Project Scheduling the company delivers a construction-specific application that uses such technologies as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Visual Basic, .NET, and Infragistics. On the surface, such terms may mean very little to some but when looking at a company’s ability to quickly update and enhance a product to meet users’ needs, such technologies go a long way.

The UDA product features many of the standard functions of a scheduling application, with the ability to also import and export OnPlan files with some of the typical systems in construction, including Microsoft Project, Primavera P3 , P6, and SureTrak.

Primavera ceased new sales of SureTrak and P3 at the end of 2010 yet will still continue lifetime support of both products based on its Applications Unlimited program. Some constriction professionals opt to continue using their current version. Yet for those that find themselves looking for new options, it’s a good idea to take a look at the underlying technology. It could help ensure your long-term plans stay on schedule.