September 2014

Avoiding the High Cost of Poor Communication

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Avoiding the High Cost of Poor Communication
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Bryan McConachy, P.Eng., PMP – Bramcon Project Consultants Ltd.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $395.00 + GST = $414.75 until Sept 9, 2014

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Non-Member Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Student Member Price: $247.50 + GST = $259.88
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 09, 2014 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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The cost implications of communication failures have ranged from low (reworking the designs) through moderate (demolishing and rebuilding) to high (litigation). In this one-day session, we will look at root causes of poor communications, failure-prone areas, barriers to effective communication, and body language - communicating without speaking.

Why should engineers be concerned about communications?
  • It is reported that 70% of unsuccessful projects list poor communications as a root cause of failure.
  • Every audit we have ever conducted included better communications as a lessons learned.
  • Our experience is that most problems in projects can be traced to some kind of communication failure.
The cost implications of these failures have ranged from low (reworking the designs) through moderate (demolishing and rebuilding) to high (litigation).
In this one-day session, we will look at:
  • root causes of poor communications
  • failure-prone areas
  • barriers to effective communication
  • body language – communicating without speaking
Remedies will include:
  • understanding the various channels of communication and their limitations,
  • identifying personality types and their preferred communication style
  • selecting the appropriate communication channel and style
  • enhancing communication clarity in emails and meetings
  • tools and templates for improving both written and verbal communications
Bryan McConachy, P.Eng., PMP – Bramcon Project Consultants Ltd.
Bryan McConachy is a professional engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the management of a diverse range of projects. Mr. McConachy established Bramcon Project Consultants Ltd., a firm that provides project and construction management as well as training and coaching. The early years in training were in the areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge leading to Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. In the past few years, he has presented workshops on a variety of topics including Value Engineering, Managing Project Costs, Politics in Project Management, Expedited Communications for Dispersed Teams, Project Delivery Options and Partnering. Most of these workshops have been part of APEGBC’s Continuing Professional Development Program.
Until recently, Mr. McConachy was a member of APEGBC’s Continuing Professional Development Committee. He has also been active in such organizations as the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering and the Project Management Institute (PMI).  He obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from PMI in 1989 and in 1996; he was awarded the Honour of PMI Fellow.

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