April 2020

Advanced Project Management

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast - Day 1 and Day 2
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Advanced Project Management - Day 1 (Lunch will be provided)
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Advanced Project Management - Day 2 (Lunch will be provided)
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. George Jergeas
Professor, Project Management, University of Calgary
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $899.00 + GST = $943.95 until March 18, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $999.00 + GST = $1,048.95

Non-Member Price: $999.00 + GST = $1,048.95

Student Member Price: $499.50 + GST = $524.48
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by March 19, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Specialist
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Note: Due to public health and safety concerns of COVID-19, this event has been postponed and event registration fees will be refunded. A new date is to be announced.
This project management course is designed for project executives, directors, managers, and project managers who are involved directly or indirectly in managing projects. The purpose of this course is to build on the Fundamentals of Project Management background by analyzing current industry practices and introducing some value-improving practices to enhance the delivery of complex construction projects.

Seminar Description

As projects have steadily become larger, more complex, and of longer duration, the challenge presented to project managers has never been greater. The long history of staggering cost overruns and delays in completion offers little assurance that the cost estimates and schedules presented to project executives can be relied upon.

The instructor will discuss the findings from latest industry studies in benchmarking study and project improvement analysis. The instructor will also discuss ways to improve project decision-making, the management of construction and associated risks. Fresh thinking is required and some long-held ideas of best practice will be challenged to open the door to a different way of thinking to enhance project predictability.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand project key success factors,
  • Challenge some long-held ideas and best practices,
  • Change focus from project level to the executive level, and
  • Enable project managers to deliver their projects more effectively and efficiently.


The agenda may include discussions around:

  • Why cost overrun on major capital projects? And what can we do about it?
  • Early warning signs.
  • Key success factors for major capital projects.
  • Overview of project gated processes: its application, advantages, and disadvantages.
  • Re-defining project risks, cost estimating overview, classifications, contingencies, and confidence.
  • Project Governance and the role of the leadership role of the project manager.
  • The Planes of Decision Process and interface management.
  • Contractual arrangements.
  • Fast tracking projects: key success factors.
  • Team building and alignment.
  • Improving construction productivity and some industry best practices.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Improve their understanding of the project delivery system.
  • Explain their leadership role in supporting the project management team.
  • Deal with strategic and contextual risks.
  • Enhance the predictability of project performance.

What Previous Participants Have Said About the Seminar

  • "Best presenter I've seen period."
  • "Dr. Jergeas is an excellent presenter. He kept it interesting and engaging. I will definitely look to attend future courses by him."
  • "Excellent real case from industry discussed with interactive attendees. Questions and answers time were priceless. Relatable and hands on experience shared."
  • "Absoultely value adds course to take. Very owner emphasized for the best interest of owner."
  • "George was very passionate and really knows his stuff."
  • "Dr. Jergeas is an excellent presenter. Very informative and enjoyable. A lot of material to consider in two days."
  • “Great presenter! Engaging, relevant examples, very knowledgeable.”


Dr. George Jergeas

Professor, Project Management, University of Calgary

Dr. George Jergeas is a Professional Engineer registered in Alberta. George is a Professor of 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 40 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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