Popular Project Management Speaker Returns to PD Days

Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng.

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.”

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