Dr. George Jergeas,
Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng., a professor
at in the University of Calgary’s Department of Civil Engineering, delivered
presentations on project management for APEGGA’s
Annual Conference Professional Development Program last
year. The response was so strong that the Association has
arranged to have Dr. Jergeas back.
Members will be able to attend two days of seminars on advanced
project management. Skills in this area are critical today.
For engineers and geoscientists, project management is never
far from their work.
On Day 1, Dr. Jergeas will introduce a five-step framework
for project management. Special focus will be on project
charter, risk and stakeholder management, as well as the
manager and the team.
During the second half of the day, he will talk about how
to manage fast-tracked projects. The session will provide
checklists and guidelines. Risk mitigation will also be addressed
in regard to the concept and its development, definition,
design, procurement and construction phases.
On Day 2, Dr. Jergeas will present on the subject of building
and sustaining high-performing project teams. The focus will
be on achieving alignment and common goals and directions.
There is a great deal of talk these days about cost overruns
on mega-projects, and this will be Dr. Jergeas’s second
topic of the day. He will identify common causes of overruns
and coach participants on identifying unproductive activities
on methods for avoiding overruns.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Jergeas’s
experience sharing his knowledge on project management,” says
APEGGA Professional Development Manager Nancy Toth, MA. “If
you heard him last year, you will want to follow up. If you
did not hear him last year, but have some experience in these
areas, the seminar will be a valuable way to take those skills
to a new level.”