For most experienced members of the engineering profession, the technical elements of even the largest jobs are easy. What is often difficult is coordination: getting people to communicate with one another; making sure that individuals are on schedule; receiving decisions quickly from clients and management, identifying and dealing with changes and keeping stakeholders informed. In short, project management.
During this course, you’ll equip yourself with time and cost management skills, as well as quality assurance techniques that will help you manage the engineering design process. You'll also develop the skills to prepare construction documents for building and civil infrastructure projects.
This course involves you in a project leadership model that you can take back to your workplace and apply immediately. The course addresses all phases of a project: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.
This course is run exclusively by The American Society of Civil Engineers with Engineering Education Australia.
Is this course for you?
This course is for you if you manage (or are about to manage) engineering projects of any size.
You might be a newly appointed project manager or an accomplished project manager with experience either planning projects in isolation, or not planning at all. You might also be a professional seeking project management roles.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Topics we'll cover
Project scoping and conceptual design
- Define the scope of a project
- Develop a project management plan
- Scope verification, monitoring and control
- Identify funding sources
The design process - execution, monitoring, and control
- Develop design schedules
- The importance of and determining milestones
- Select a project delivery method - Design-Build, Design- Assist, and Design-Bid-Build
- Types and options for design and construction specifications
Establish and manage design and coordination meetings
- Types of meetings and meeting conduct
- Setting agendas and meeting schedules
- Documentation and meeting minutes/notes and legal issues
Professional services - the role and use of engineering design consultants
- Disciplines and types needed
- Develop requests for proposals (RFP)
- Evaluate and select design consultants/sub-consultants
- Meeting Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements for engineering design consultants
Establish design schedules and budgets
- Project scheduling and management techniques
- Determine and estimate duration for design activities
- Estimate resources for design activities
- Schedule development and control
- Integrate time/cost management and control through earned value
Design documentation and record keeping
- Develop a file management system
- Design documentation and recording design assumptions
- Design photographs and pre-construction photographs
- Use of computers and web-enabled project management applications
- Use of Geographic Information Systems
Quality management during the design process
- Understand Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC)
- Recommended practices and procedures for QA/QC
- Develop and implement a QA/QC plan
- Access to the design by QA/QC personnel
- How to fast-track projects and the effects on contract document preparation
- Integrate constructability reviews into the design process
- Suggested methods for performing constructability reviews
- Scheduling constructability reviews during the design process
- Construction specifications and drawing conflicts
Public outreach and communications management in the design phase
- Stakeholder identification and management
- Understand communication planning and information distribution
- Develop public information plans
- Plan and conduct public meetings
- Work with community organisations
Professor Lonny Simonian, P.E., P.M.P. has over 25 years of experience in the design and construction engineering of civil infrastructure systems. He is a Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Professor Simonian is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California and is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from U.C. Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Project Management Certificate from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Professor Simonian has delivered classes in construction contracts, construction project administration, principles of construction management, project controls, professional practice for construction project managers, and co-instructing an interdisciplinary design-build studio.