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Project Management for Civil Engineers: Planning, Scheduling and Control

1.6 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, March 24–25


Nghi M. Nguyen, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, M.ASCE

Purpose and background

In today's competitive global economy, virtually all organizations are project-based. Whether they are governmental, industrial, or commercial ones, these organizations supply products or services intended to satisfy the needs and requirements of their clients by applying the principles and methodologies of project management to implement their projects. Consequently, this seminar is designed to provide participants with the project management knowledge and skills associated with the planning, scheduling, and controlling of all activities that must be done to meet project objectives and their benefits in effectively and efficiently managing projects that they can apply immediately in their project environment.

Seminar benefits

  • Assist organizations in developing professional project managers and project management professionals who are aware of the strategic importance that project management plays in the achievement of the mission of their organizations in today's project environment
  • Provide the fundamental knowledge and skills project managers need to successfully complete a project to achieve strategic business objectives
  • Increase the capability of organizations to deliver projects successfully by using appropriate processes and best practices
  • Understand the project manager's role in leading and managing effectively and efficiently project resources to better project performance and profits consistent with and aligned to organizational strategies
  • Understand the basic principles and methodologies of project management

Learning outcomes

  • Establish project objectives that are directly linked to stakeholders' needs and expectations
  • Develop and use work breakdown structures (WBS), the foundational concept in project management
  • Develop realistic and measurable objectives to ensure positive results for project performance
  • Estimate project time and cost baselines using proven techniques
  • Establish an effective project control system and monitor efficiently project progress
  • Use a practical, proactive, and effective step-by-step process to manage project risks and opportunities
  • Utilize tried and proven project management tools and techniques to get the work done on time, within budget, and in accordance with client's requirements

Assessment of learning outcomes

The seminar will combine conventional teaching with a high level of participation; including an interactive approach to involving participants in discussion of topics; exercises; and encouraging participants to bring their own experiences forward for discussions and debates. Wherever possible, real examples and short case studies will be included from different industries around the world to make the course as relevant as possible. It includes concepts definition, experiential exercises, practical examples, dialogues and discussions, video presentations, and case studies. Finally, a short post-test assessment will be administered (true-false, multiple choice and fill in the blank questions).

Who should attend?

This intensive, comprehensive 2-day seminar is suitable for individuals from all industries, government bodies, non-profit organizations, and anyone who are interested in obtaining the knowledge, skills, and learning the tools and techniques for effectively and efficiently managing projects as it is based on the best practices found in the Project Management Institute's (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Fifth & Sixth Editions, covering the entire project life cycle:

  • Senior managers
  • Portfolio/program managers
  • Project managers
  • Project team members
  • Members of the project management office (PMO)
  • Contractors
  • Owners
  • Project administrators
  • Consultants
  • Technical professionals and engineers moving into project leadership/management
  • Those who are interested in learning and applying the most up-to-date, globally and internationally recognized project management processes applied on projects worldwide

Those new to the functions of project management, or preparing for a major project will find a solid grounding, and experienced managers looking for a refresher will also benefit from this seminar.

Seminar outline

Time: 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Day 1

Foundations of project management

  • What is a project?
  • Project/program and portfolio management
  • The growing importance of business aspect in project management
  • Strategic planning and project management
  • Management criteria versus engineering criteria
  • The project life cycle
  • The product life cycle
  • Managing the triple constraints
  • Managing the triple 'C' in project management
  • Managing project risks and opportunities
  • Stakeholders in project management
  • The project manager's role and responsibilities
  • The role of senior management and functional management
  • The hard/soft skills of managing a project
  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®)
  • The ISO-21500 Guidance on Project Management
  • Project management process groups and knowledge areas mapping
  • Project management maturity level
  • Typical project organization structures
  • Basic contract types in managing projects
  • The generic planning and control cycle in project management

Project initiating

  • The project charter
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Establish the project management team

Project planning

  • Project planning overview
  • The project plan
  • Identifying success criteria
  • Developing the project requirements
  • Scope definition
  • Procurement planning: make or buy decision
  • Defining the work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • The organization breakdown structure (OBS)
  • The responsibility assignment matrix (RAM)
  • Defining and sequencing project activities
  • Estimating activity resources and durations
  • Scheduling the project work
  • The critical path
  • Estimating costs and determining budgets
  • Types of estimates
  • Cost estimating methodologies
  • Contingency and management reserves
  • Managing changes in scope
  • The performance measurement baselines (PMB)
  • Communication planning
  • Quality planning
  • Risk management planning
  • Risk identification
  • Risk register
  • Risk avoidance plans
  • Risk mitigation plans
  • Flow of risk management planning responsibilities

Day 2

Project execution, monitoring, & control

  • Directing & managing project execution
  • Managing the project team
  • Managing stakeholder engagement and expectation
  • Project deliverables tracking
  • Project control approach
  • The earned value management (EVM) concept: an "integrated project control" project
  • Integrated change control
  • Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC)
  • Communication and documentation control
  • Procurement administration & control
  • Risk management control process
  • Risk avoidance plan implementation
  • Risk mitigation plan implementation
  • Risk reports and reviews
  • Risk register updates
  • Flow of risk management control responsibilities
  • Risk management best practices

Project closure

  • Effective project closure
  • Project closure objectives
  • Project closure plan
  • Contract closure
  • Administrative closure
  • Project closure & contract closure interaction
  • The punch-list approach
  • Lessons learned
  • Post-project evaluation
  • Success celebration

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