Project Controls from the Owner's Perspective


Saturday - Sunday, June 10-11, 2023 (1.5 DAYS)
1.2 CEUs

$1150 member / $1300 non-member

NOTE:  Fee includes hot breakfast, lunch (for the full day), and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks each day.  Add $100 each for late (after May 15) and onsite registration. Seminar is subject to cancellation and full refund if minimum enrollment is not met by the early registration deadline.    
Steve CabanoInstructor: Chris Michalak 

Chris Michalak is Senior Executive Associate of Pathfinder, LLC, a project management consulting firm specializing in the planning, development, and execution of domestic and international capital plant construction projects, with more than 35 years of experience in planning/scheduling and project/material control. Chris has expert-level experience in the application of Pathfinder's diagnostic and risk analysis tools as well as with numerous commercially available and proprietary Pathfinder-developed project planning/scheduling and project management software. He routinely provides project management and project controls oversight services for Pathfinder consulting assignments, including project management process application, organizational evaluation and development, Independent Project Reviews, Project Execution Plans development, Project Readiness Review (pre-Sanction) and Cost Estimate/Schedule Reviews and Risk Assessments.

Chris is an experienced practitioner and has developed and conducted numerous courses on project controls, project execution planning, and planning and scheduling for international and domestic clients since joining Pathfinder.

Chris earned his B.S. in Business Management from Rutgers College of Engineering.

This seminar will cover Project Controls Industry “Best Practices” (approaches, methods, techniques and tools) suitable to an owner organization’s project portfolio and specific projects.  Topical coverage will include:

• Project Controls Perspective (relative to Owner’s role)
• Project Controls Process
• Roles and Responsibilities for Project Controls (Project Manager/Engineer, Owner’s Project Team, Owner's Project Controls Team/Representatives, Contractors)
• Planning and Scheduling (Development and Baselining)
• Cost Estimate/Budget (Development and Baselining)
• Cost and Risk Analysis and Contingency (Development and Management)
• Progress and Productivity Measurement
• Cost and Schedule Management
• Project Controls Reporting
• Change Management

A combination of material presentation in lecture format, examples and interactive sessions will be utilized by the instructor to provide attendees with an opportunity to engage in discussions and participate in an effective learning experience.

Who would most benefit by attending your seminar?
Owner Project Team Representatives, primarily Owner’s Project Manager’s, Project Controls Specialists and Managers, Project Engineers.

Content:  Basic

Key learning objectives:  
-Define the Role of Owner Representatives in Project Controls
-Understand the working relationship between Owners and Contractors with respect to Project Controls
-Define Project Controls "Best Practices" for Owner Organizations
-Define the Development and Utilization of Work Breakdown Structure
-Developing Project Cost and Schedule Baselines
-Define Effective Framework for Internal (Owner) and Contractor Project Controls Reporting
-Analyzing/Interpreting Project Reports/Data
-Outline and Effective Change Management Process/Guidelines
-Define and Effective Project Controls Environment for: Measuring Progress, Measuring Productivity, Measuring Earned Value, Forecasting/Trending Cost/Schedule

How learning objectives are measured:
An appraisal form and participant feedback form to quantitatively (10 point scale) and qualitatively measure the attendees' learning experience on a self-assessment basis (pre and post-seminar level of understanding of topical coverage) is used. 

Knowledge areas addressed:
Project Controls:
• Planning & Scheduling (Development, Baselining, Control)
• Cost Estimating/Budgeting (Development, Baselining, Control)
• Risk Analysis/Management, Contingency Setting & Management
• Change Management
• Project Reporting/Communication


 Day 1  
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

 -Safety Moment
 -Seminar Ojectives
 -Participant Expectations
 1. Project Controls Perspective
 2. Project Controls Process

 9:00 - 9:15 AM  Break
 9:15 - 10:30 AM  3. Roles and Responsibilities for Project Control
 4. Scope Definition
Workshop #1 – Work Breakdown Structure
 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM  5. Planning & Scheduling
     - Planning versus Scheduling
     - Resources/Resource Loading
     - Float Management
     - Schedule Baseline
     - Schedule Reviews
 Workshop #2 - Planning 
 12:00 - 1:00 PM  Lunch
 1:00 - 2:00 PM  6. Cost Estimating
     - Cost Estimate Basis
     - Cost Estimate Classifications
     - Cost Estimating Methods and Estimate Accuracy
     - Cost Baseline
     - Checking/Reviewing Cost Estimates
 Workshop #3 - Estimating    
 2:00 - 2:15 PM   Break
 2:15 - 3:30 PM  7. Cost Risk Analysis & Contingency Determination
 8. Schedule Risk Analysis & Schedule Reserve (Time Contingency) 
 3:30 - 3:45 PM  Break
 3:45 - 5:00 PM  Workshop #4 - Risk Analysis

 Day 2
 8:00 - 9:00 AM  Safety Moment
 9. Schedule Control
 10. Cost Control
 Workshop #5 - Project Control
 9:00 - 9:15 AM  11. Progress and Productivity Measurement
 12. Cost & Schedule Contingency Management
 Workshop #6 - Progress/Productivity
 10:30 - 10:45 AM  Break
 10:45 - 12:00 PM  13. Communications and Reporting
 14. Change Management
        - Open Forum on Seminar Topics
        - Participant Appraisal Form
        - Seminar Wrap-Up

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