June 2016

Project Productivity and Performance Management

Status: This course has been cancelled. A new date will be announced soon.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 2
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Mohamed Elbarkouky, P.Eng.,
PMP, Project Management Training Solutions LTD
Credit: 15 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 1 : $838.00 + GST = $879.90 until June 2, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 1 : $918.00 + GST = $963.90

Non-Member Price: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 1 : $918.00 + GST = $963.90

Student Member Price: Productivity and Performance Management - Day 1 : $459.00 + GST = $481.95
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by June 02, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Project productivity and performance management are of paramount importance to the success of any professional organization that employs engineers, supervisors, and construction crews. This 2 day workshop focuses on topics that can help maximizing the benefits to working organizations by enhancing their overall project productivity.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Measure labour productivity on project and task levels;
  • Understand how to establish a field benchmarking program;
  • Know how to resolve the problem of stacking of trades;
  • Realize how to manage schedule acceleration and compression;
  • Recognize the relationships between absenteeism, turnover, and labour productivity;
  • Learn how to negotiate loss of labour efficiency;
  • Understand how to develop field incentive programs to diminishing job stress on site, recommend best practices for productivity and performance enhancement;
  • Learn how to optimize work site through proper site layout planning and determination of the optimum material storage capacity based on the type of material; and
  • Understand essential project performance related concepts and techniques, such as lean construction and value engineering.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: why does labor productivity matter?  
    • Exercise I: Snowball Brainstorming (facilitator shall summarize outcomes of the exercise on the board)
  • How to calculating labour and equipment productivity (plus working examples)
    • Exercise II: Pairing Exercises to calculate productivity 
  •  Measuring labor productivity at project and task levels
  •  Jobsite Productivity measurement (time studies, video studies, activity sampling, field ratings, productivity ratings, Five-Minute Ratings, etc.)
  • What is benchmarking? 
  • Field benchmarking process and progress tracking: supervisors role in benchmarking
  •  What is labour efficiency?
    •  Group Exercise III: Snowball Brainstorming to determine factors affecting labor efficiency 
  • Impact of overcrowding, stacking, over manning, and overtime on productivity
  • Advantages and disadvantages of increasing labor hours
  • The effects of change orders and schedule acceleration on productivity
  •  Understanding absenteeism and turnover
  • Daily reports and logs, and walk-throughs
    • Group Discussion IV: Facilitator to summarize with the participants the outcomes and learnings of the day
  • Tools to negotiate loss of labor efficiency (Educating the owner, Cause-Effect Diagram, Pricing and Tracking Changes).
  • Productivity and field incentive systems
  •  Job Stress and its impact on supervisors
    • Group Exercise V: Carousel by the participants to determine the most impacting factors causing job stress (site safety issues, work overloads, job loss, meeting deadlines, conflicting objectives, lack of clarity/instructions) – This exercise is followed by group discussion on how to reduce job stresses
  • Job site layout planning with examples 
  • Determination of the optimum material storage capacity based on the type of material
    • Group Exercise VI: Pairing Exercise to solve a material storage capacity problem
  • The concepts of LEAN and Value Engineering 
    • Group Exercise VII: Facilitator to summarize with the participants the outcomes and learnings of the day

Unique Features of the Course

Several group exercises will be held to identify productivity factors, apply recommended practices, and solve productivity related problems.  Active learning techniques will include: Snow Ball Brainstorming, Carousel, questions and answers sessions, power-point presentations, and demonstration videos (where applicable).  Assessments are made after each exercise by the facilitator.

Target Audience

This course is intended for engineering and construction professionals involved in planning, executing, and monitoring and controlling projects to help better plan, manage, and control productivity and perfomance in medium to large sized projects. Basic understanding of project management knowledge is not required.


Dr. Mohamed Elbarkouky, PhD, P.Eng., PMP  
Project Management Training Solutions LTD

Dr. Elbarkouky is an expert in project and performance management.  He has more than 17 years of practical experience in his field of practice.  He managed and controlled a large number of complex projects in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has extensive experience of oil and gas, power plants, infrastructure, and building construction projects. Dr. Elbarkouky has a Ph.D. in construction engineering and management from the University of Alberta. He is also a Professional Engineer in Alberta and a Project Management Professional (PMP) of the PMI. He is the CEO of a project management training organization that is specialized in education and teaching professional and academic courses in project management, risk analysis, performance management, lean, contract administration, scheduling, cost estimation, and project planning and control in Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC, and NWT.  He also teaches for the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Bredin Centre for Learning, and Canada School of Public Works.

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