International Construction Management Seminar

International Construction Management Seminar

Construction projects involve a great deal of time and capital, so effective construction project management skills are required if the projects are to be completed within the established time line to meet cost limitations and quality requirements. In the building and construction industry, staying cost effective and competitive means that companies must have core competencies for coordinating the job sites, controlling costs, and managing risk at their construction sites. What steps can you take as a construction project manager to avoid common pitfalls and reduce risks inherent in the construction process?

This 2-day course is specially designed to provide you with the required skills needed to be a successful and effective construction or site manager. You will learn how to carefully and professionally manage the resources – money, machines, materials and people necessary to complete the projects to the clients’ satisfaction. In this program, you will learn:

Seminar Highlights

  • The processes and the techniques of project management for construction
  • The techniques and requirements specific for construction management, including risk assessment, cost estimation, forecasting, scheduling and quantifying and mitigating construction claims
  • The strategies and methodologies of merging technology with your construction project

Who Should Attend?

This two-day seminar is designed for project managers, presidents, vice presidents, owners, engineers, controllers, accountants, contract managers, architects, purchasing professionals, quantity surveyors, facilities managers, contractors, subcontractors, developers, principals, insurance professionals and other construction professionals.

Seminar outline

I. Past, Present and Future: Introduction to International Construction Management
Review of fundamental construction management concepts from the global perspective. From planning to project completion, this session provides an overall view of the course addressing concerns attendees face in the profession.

  • Overview and objectives of the course
  • International construction management
  • Pre-project planning
  • Contract and risk management
  • Cost estimation
  • Project scheduling
  • Construction productivity
  • Construction claims
  • Construction technology

II. Pre-Project Planning – The Key to Your Project’s Success
Plan to succeed. Pre-project planning is essential to mitigating risk both during and after construction. This session focuses on the pre-project planning process to meet capital constraints. Critical success factors for pre-project planning are included to improve the performance of any capital project. These concepts will include:

  • Planning and the project lifecycle: Why, when and how?
  • Scope definition
  • Identifying and selecting the right project team
  • Ensuring optimal effectiveness using strategic project planning
  • Additional considerations while planning your project
  • Defining and selecting document control systems

III. Equitable Risk Allocation: Developing Effective Contracts
Developing effective contracts to appropriately mitigate risk lay the foundation for a successful project. This session focuses on project delivery systems with an emphasis on key contract considerations from a construction consultant’s point of view. Acquire skills to assess impacts of various contract clauses on the overall performance of projects. Executives and construction managers will benefit from the following:

  • Project delivery systems and contract pricing
  • Defining roles and responsibilities of the parties
  • Identifying and quantifying contingencies
  • Performance clause analysis and recommendations
  • Scheduling specifications
  • Defining the claims process

IV. Cost Estimation Before and After Project Commencement
Cost estimation is crucial to a project’s success. Accurately defining your project’s scope will assist in developing budgets and controlling costs during actual construction. Competitive pricing and accurate quantity take-offs are integral to completing a project within the budget. This session goes beyond these two factors covering tools and methodologies required to deliver a profitable project.

  • Types of cost estimates and their purpose
  • Conceptual estimation methodologies
  • Quantity surveying and the bidding process
  • Value engineering techniques
  • Earned value analysis
  • Tracking cost performance
  • Sources of cost estimates and indices

V. How to Implement Effective Scheduling
Project constraints can lead the construction manager down the wrong path developing an unrealistic or useless schedule. This session discusses both the fundamentals and advanced concepts of scheduling providing recommendations on how and when to implement them.

  • Scheduling basics
  • Development of a realistic baseline schedules
  • Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling
  • Revisions and updates to the schedule
  • Resource loading and reporting

VI. Ways to Benchmark and Improve Productivity
Construction productivity continues to lag behind other industries. Understanding how to monitor and improve productivity on a project is a key skill set that will enable you to effectively execute your project and set you apart from your competitors. This session addresses the means and methods in which any construction professional can use to ensure their projects remain optimally productive.

  • Factors affecting productivity
  • Measuring productivity
  • On-site productivity improvement methods
  • Implementing productivity programs

VII. Identifying, Quantifying and Mitigating Construction Claims
A claim can lead to costly disputes affecting your bottom line. Identifying and addressing claims prior to project completion can mitigate potential disputes from arising. Claims prevention and administration techniques will be addressed to enable you to prevent disputes.

  • Identification of construction claims
  • Quantifying delays, disruptions and productivity loss
  • Presenting claims from the view points of the owner and contractor
  • Strategies utilized to mitigate construction claims

VIII. Leveraging on Technology for a Competitive Edge
Effective communication, planning, estimation, scheduling and project analysis can be performed by simple clicks of a mouse with the advent of technology. Understanding technologies available and how to use them will give you a competitive edge.

  • Scheduling and planning tools
  • Risk quantification techniques and tools
  • Cost estimating software
  • 3D, 4D and 5D modeling applications
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Disclaimer: These seminars are intended to be a source of general information on specific topics. The interpretation and application of these seminars’ contents may vary from project to project depending upon, but not limited to the executed contract, the parties’ actions or inactions, or other contemporaneous project documents. While the information in these seminars are intended but not guaranteed to be accurate, no representations or warranties are made, express or implied, that this information is correct, complete, or up-to-date.