July 24, 2017

Available Courses

Planning & Scheduling Fundamentals

This course is designed as either a refresher for those who do not engage in these practices regularly, or as an introductory course for those with little or no background in this area. It is also ideally suited as a course for new managers and supervisors.

Accompanying the course is a bound workbook on planning principles and sample scheduling problems with completed networks and solutions. A list of text references will also be provided.

Planning & Scheduling Advanced Applications

Designed for those who have completed Planning & Scheduling Fundamentals, for the schedule practitioner and department and project managers having total cost management objectives. Topics covered include the review of schedule usage as a management tool; intermediate and advanced scheduling techniques; and the differences between status, progress, performance measurement, calculations, and reporting.

You will find out just how important timely and accurate information requirements are (such as progress, change orders, and logic revisions for updating and revising schedules), learn to define and develop work breakdown structures and code sets for resource assignments and control, learn how to use cost and time relationships for evaluations of crashing or stretching work plans, and examine the use of schedules in contract delay claim analysis situations.

Project Management Planning & Scheduling

This two-day course provides an insight into the project environment for both large and small projects and within a multiple project environment; presents the necessity of planning and how to better plan the work; teaches fundamentals of scheduling including network development, relationships of activities, and critical and near critical path management because CPM schedules best illustrate the work plan; develops the organization, authority and responsibility requirements, and resource utilization; teaches project implementation including contract administration, communications, coordination, and cost/time relationships; and provides for project controls including status, progress, updates, and measuring project performance. Each participant receives a comprehensive textbook prepared by ACM.

Fundamentals of Cost Estimating

A thorough examination of cost estimating fundamentals is presented in this seminar. Designed for the conceptual estimator, this one day course contains the building blocks every cost engineer needs to know. Based upon the relationship between time and money, participants are taught the principles of the various types, elements, and processes of cost estimating. Several methods of the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates are reviewed, including the end-product units method, the physical dimensions method, and the parametric method. Considerable emphasis is placed upon defining elements of the cost estimate and the allocation of such elements in a project. Examples and exercises make this seminar meaningful and enjoyable for all participants.

Project Cost Control

This course examines the entire Project Cost Control process starting with transitioning of the cost estimate into a cost budget baseline to measure performance; establishing a cost trend program; collection and analysis of costs including commitments, expenditures, and incurred costs for performing analysis; and project cost forecasting. This seminar explains the variations to analyzing contingency and risk and discusses performing contingency and risk calculations and how to capitalize project costs. The differences between project cost control for cost plus contracts and firm fixed contracts are explored. Examples and case studies for each of the topics are presented and worked through.

The topics covered include: Baseline Budget Development, Tracking Commitments and Actual Costs, Progress Measurement and Earned Value, Effective Change Management, Evaluating Progress and Identifying Trends, Cost Forecasting, Contingency / Risk, and Project Closeout.

Earned Value Management

This course presents a thorough discussion of the Earned Value Management process. Various methods are presented and explained for quantifying time phased budgeted (planned), earned, and actual costs. Explanations and definitions are provided for determining the weighted contribution of differing disciplines to the project whole; such as engineering, procurement, and various construction trades. Using the project’s cost budget baseline and as-planned schedule are shown to be the best tools for the development of a time phased budget baseline. This course also presents methods for collecting actual costs, performance measurement & metrics, forecasting methods, and change management.

Topics covered include: Overviews of Scheduling, Resource Management, and Earned Value; Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB); Work Measurement; Collecting Actual Costs; Performance Measurement & Forecasting; Earned Value and CPM; and Change Control.

Managing Multiple Projects

This course presents the necessity for and complications of applying management principles to small projects within an environment of multiple projects. It addresses the value of sound planning and the fundamentals required for development of a good plan. Project team development and communications, play an important role in establishing the organization's sense of responsibility, ownership, and accountability. These functions will be discussed in order to present a method for developing a plan for successful project completion.

Implementation of the plan including familiarization and administration of contract documents, meeting minutes, daily reports, and changes is presented. Methods for controlling the projects, measuring progress and performance, resolving disputes, and developing and implementing remedial planning are covered.

Contract Changes

This discussion begins with an overview of the project, its organization, and responsibilities. Typical contract change clauses are presented; explicit and implied authority are defined and reviewed; and examples are provided to show who has the authority to make changes and how commitments resulting in changes may be made by unauthorized project personnel. Differing site conditions and constructive changes are illustrated and discussion presents conditions which may lead to disputes. Methods are presented which typify the classification and pricing of changes.

Construction Delays

This seminar concentrates on the material aspect of contract time. Typical contract clauses regarding delay, time extensions, suspension of work, and scheduling requirements are discussed. Examples are provided to illustrate the concept of excusable and non-excusable delays and the conditions resulting in excusable compensable and excusable non-compensable delays are discussed. The legal aspects of schedule requirements and owner approvals are presented. Concurrent and serial delay, and pricing considerations for delays are defined and illustrated.

Claim Awareness

This session discusses the inspection and acceptance of work requirements and how they relate to potential disputes. A review of the types of project documentation is presented. Subjects to be addressed in pre-bid meetings and typical contract clauses regarding liquidated damages and their application are discussed. The training concludes with a review of alternative solutions to resolve disputes before they become claims.

Change Awareness Workshop

Communication and a clear understanding of established procedures are a company's best defense against incurring additional costs associated with changes in the scope of work of on-going projects. Frequently, field crews and first level supervisors are unaware of the established procedures. This results in unrecoverable costs being incurred by the company. The Change Awareness Workshop has been developed for the benefit of field crews and supervisory staff to inform them of established procedures for implementing< changes. This one day seminar presents the structure by which scope of work changes can be identified, quantified, and implemented. Class sizes are limited to accommodate interaction and discussion among workshop participants.

Project Documentation Workshop

The dynamics of the work place demand that activity records be maintained on a regular basis. Regardless of whether the work place is a manufacturing environment or a construction job site, documentation of daily activity is essential for managing operations and minimizing disputes. ACM has developed the Project Documentation Workshop to equip participants with an understanding of the needs for documentation, the appropriate contents of project records, and the various forms of project documentation.

The Project Documentation Workshop is offered in two formats: one for project managers, the other for project foremen. Two formats have been developed to better address the specific demands and responsibilities of the two distinct management levels. Class sizes are limited to accommodate interaction and discussions among workshop participants.

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