Short Courses

Managing The Design Process

Keep up-to-date with international best practice for managing the engineering design process in building and civil infrastructure projects from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
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Keep up-to-date with international best practice for managing the engineering design process in building and civil infrastructure projects from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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.

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16 Hours
Additional Information

Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

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

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
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