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February 2018

Project Claims and Disputes and Team Building on Engineering and Construction Projects

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: Morning Session: Project Claims and Disputes on Engineering and Construction Projects
8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration and Hot Breakfast
8:30 AM–12:00 PM: Seminar

Afternoon Session: Team Building on Engineering and Construction Projects
12:30 PM–1:00 PM: Registration & Lunch
1:00 PM–4:30 PM: Seminar
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Hwy Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
Presenter: Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng.
Professor, Project Management, University of Calgary
Credit: Morning Session: Project Claims and Disputes on Engineering and Construction Projects
3.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Afternoon Session: Team Building on Engineering and Construction Projects
3.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member until Feb 1, 2018:
Package: $469.00 + GST = $492.45
Morning Session: $259.00 + GST = $271.95
Afternoon Session: $259.00 + GST = $271.95

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price:
Package: $569.00 + GST = $597.45
Morning Session: $359.00 + GST = $376.95
Afternoon Session: $359.00 + GST = $376.95

Non-Member Price:
Package: $569.00 + GST = $597.45
Morning Session: $359.00 + GST = $376.95
Afternoon Session: $359.00 + GST = $376.95

Student Member Price: 
Package: $284.50 + GST = $298.73
Morning Session: $179.50 + GST = $188.48
Afternoon Session: $179.50 + GST = $188.48
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 01, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4865
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4865
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
Note:

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel is pleased to offer a special corporate rate of $175 per night plus tax (including parking and guest room Wi-Fi). The corporate rate will only be available until February 13. This rate is subject to change depending on the hotel's occupancy.

Booking Procedures:

1. Email In-House reservations at [email protected]

2. Call In- House reservations at 604-273-7878 ask for IN-HOUSE reservations (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm)

The hotel provides complimentary regular shuttle service from to the main terminal. If you need shuttle service from the airport, call the hotel from the display board in baggage claim areas of the airport. You can also call the hotel directly at 800-663-0299 or 604-273-7878 and request a pick up. Please wait for your shuttle at the designated area.

Complimentary parking is included and you need to register your license plate upon arrival at the front desk.

The morning session will focus on contract claims and disputes. This session discusses the causes and types of claims, the procedures by owners and contractors to avoid claims, and methods to quantify and resolve claims. The afternoon session will focus on team building and partnering. This session attempts to create an environment where trust and teamwork prevent disputes, foster a cooperative bond to everyone's benefit, and facilitate the completion of a successful project.

Morning Session: Project Claims and Disputes on Engineering and Construction Projects

In the engineering and construction industry, contract claims and disputes are common issues. They occur between: owners and contractors, contractors and their subcontractors, contractors and vendors. Resolution of the claims and disputes can be an adversarial and costly process for all parties.

This session discusses the causes and types of claims, the procedures by owners and contractors to avoid claims, and methods to quantify and resolve claims. The session will discuss:

  • Current trends
  • Claim components
  • Claim preparation
  • Claim evaluation and response
  • Causes of claims
    • Claims pertaining to quality
    • Change in design
    • Change in site/subsoil conditions
    • Claims pertaining to quantity
    • Increased quantities
    • Extra work
    • Measurement of work performed
    • Ambiguous specification
    • Unreasonably demanding inspection
    • Design enhancement via the shop drawings approval process
    • Deficiencies, re-work/performance
    • Claims pertaining to methods or schedule of the work
    • Delays
    • Acceleration
    • Disruption
    • Interference
  • Owner’s avoidance of claims
    • Contracting strategies
    • Risk allocation/risk management
    • Project administration
  • Usual pitfalls
  • What to watch out for
  • Counter claims
  • Dispute resolution mechanism
    • Negotiation
    • Mediation
    • Dispute resolution board
    • Arbitration
    • Litigation

At the end of this half-day session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the most frequently encountered construction claims.
  • Claim preparation and evaluation: performing a claim analysis and assessment.
  • Techniques for keeping the situation from escalating too far.
  • Best practices in selecting solutions to resolve claims situations efficiently, and
  • Tips for avoiding claims before they happen.

Afternoon Session: Team Building on Engineering and Construction Projects

While the contract establishes the legal relationships, the teambuilding and partnering process is designed to establish working relationships among the parties through a mutually-developed formal strategy of commitment and communication. It attempts to create an environment where trust and teamwork prevent disputes, foster a cooperative bond to everyone's benefit, and facilitate the completion of a successful project.

This Process Tries to:

  • Forge common goals and objectives.
  • Establish working relationships.
  • Create an environment of trust and teamwork.
  • Foster a cooperative bond, and facilitate the successful completion of a project, and
  • Create mechanisms to sustain and expand collaboration.

Through a Workshop Style, Attendees will Discuss and Develop:

  • Problems and barriers that have prevented collaborations on past projects,
  • Project vision
    • Project goal
    • In scope and out scope
    • Project milestone schedule
    • Success criteria
    • Critical success factors
    • Project org. structure
    • Project risks, assumptions, and stakeholders
  • Teamwork
    • Health check
    • Issue/dispute resolution mechanism
    • Ground rules
    • Roles/responsibilities

At the end of this half-day session, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand and apply team partnering and alignment concepts on their next project.
  • Develop a mindset that is aligned and focused by improving alignment of goals across and between organizations.
  • Better plan and commit to timelines, yielding better results.
  • Create buy-in by everyone to achieving the goals of the organization/project.
  • Develop project goals and objectives.
  • Develop team ground rules.
  • Develop a performance evaluation mechanism for evaluating team relationships and performance (health check mechanism), and
  • Develop an issue resolution mechanism for resolution of issues and disputes in a timely manner.

What Previous Participants Have Said About This Seminar:

  • “Excellent, dynamic, knowledgeable speaker. Very good examples. Lots of applicable examples. Very good case studies.”
  • “Excellent seminar.”

Presenter

Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng. 

Professor, Project Management, University of Calgary

George is a Professor of the Project Management in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he is involved in both the teaching of and research into project management since 1994. He has forty years of work experience, principally in infrastructure projects and claims and disputes. He is also an active project management consultant, trainer and coach for both public and private sector organizations in Canada and has provided extensive project management services to many Canadian, American and international companies. He has worked with project teams in oil sands development, hospitals, roads and bridges, tunnelling, LRT expansions and mining projects. List of clients include CNRL, Husky, Chevron, EnCana, Keyera, Flint, PennWest, APEGA, City of Calgary, City of Edmonton and the District of North Vancouver.

As a claims consultant investigating numerous construction projects, both in Canada and the USA, George gained insight into the fundamental causes of project success and failure.

Through his experience and research, George has developed a strong interest in improving project success founded upon improving the effectiveness of project teams. George’s work focuses on improving project alignment, building and sustaining project teams, cost overruns and construction productivity on mega oil and gas projects.



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