Posts Tagged ‘cost control’


January 5th, 2012 Comments off


“I feel better prepared to deal with some of the more difficult projects that I’m dealing with. I learned a lot about steps and techniques to manage large to small projects.” K Wirch, Keystone Field Engineering

“I learned a lot. Was able to relate to my current role and was able to pick up some good pointers to implement immediately”. H. Dissanayake, Marathon Oil Company

“I feel as if I had no prior knowledge of project management. This seemed like an advance course that touches on all subjects. The important stuff. I feel will I will be able to be more proactive in the process of the project. I also understand the process from start to finish”. R. Webster, Weatherford

“The workshop showed that I already do many of the tasks right but unknowingly skipped some important controls. I liked the importance of defining the scope and eliminate or mitigate as many unknowns as possible. I would recommend this workshop to others as it gives a lot of valuable knowledge to people who may not have known their full job description. “   T. Walker, Imperial Oil Ltd.


“I liked the teacher and how the material was presented. The material helped focus on what a Project Engineer should be concerned with. Other benefits were a better understanding of the roles and functions of a project engineer, a better understanding of project planning and setup, and the importance of communication. I would recommend this workshop to others as it helps guide project engineers on their roles and responsibilities”. I. Cornejo, MEG Energy

“I have a lot to learn about project management but I now have a good base to learn from. I liked the books to take away. They are full of necessary reference material. You are given more than can be absorbed in class so a reference is a must. Other benefits include it being long enough to go in-depth and provide practical skills, good case studies to apply new knowledge, and it allows networking among professionals in the same area of careers. I would recommend this workshop to others as it is a great way to learn the base skill set of project management.” L Ruschkowski, Christiansen Engineering Group Ltd

“There was lot’s of good information to build out project management processes and procedures. There was lot’s of practical information. Some benefits were; it helps to manage projects, helps to develop and refine our processes and procedures and there was useful information about requirements for prime contractor and safety. I would recommend this workshop as it gives a good practical perspective.” J. Christiansen, Christiansen Engineering Group.

“There was lot of useful information. I learned that project managers are well organized methodical people. Some workshop benefits were; the practical information, the forms, and the project management methods. I would recommend this workshop as anybody involved in project management should have this information.: C. Cosse, Hiltap Fittings Ltd


“Attending the workshop helped to see the integration of all parts of the process and understanding other details involved. I liked; understanding the process and having various scenarios to apply information learned. Other benefits were the people, the project management process, and the project manager responsibilities. I would recommend this workshop as it gives an understanding of project management which can be applied to any industry.”C. Guyong, Daylight Energy


“I learned about the large number of responsibilities of a project engineer. I liked the construction management and the role of a project engineer. Other benefits were; it will help me to put all concepts together in an orderly way, will help to organize my immediate responsibilities, the importance of proper documentation and legal aspects, and learn more about the behaviours I need as a project engineer. I would recommend this workshop for people new to the project management field to develop the knowledge based on good practice.” J. Alvarez, CNRL


“I now have a very well rounded understanding of project management and the project work flow. I liked the way the course content was organized. Some benefits were; I learned about tracking and forecasting indicators, the startup and commissioning, and an understanding of the soft skills required as a project engineer. I would recommend this workshop as it was a good introductory course on the foundation of project management.” J. Brown, Husky Energy

“I acquired more knowledge with respect to why things are done the way they are. I liked the case studies and I would recommend this workshop to others.” J.Harrison, Cenovus Energy.


“A great perspective on the whole picture of project management. I will recommend this course to all of the company managers, project leads / coordinators and procurement department personnel.” B. Shortt, Spectra Energy


“The course is a comprehensive presentation of project engineering related work. It explains details of steps involved in project management and methods to deal with conflicts and problems during the life of the project. The instructor has well summarized all the aspects of project management.” A. Talib, Suncor Energy


“Good course. Explains a lot of stuff that goes on before the contractor shows up to actually do the work. At my level the contracts as already done, the contractor is there to do the work. I would have a pretty good idea of figuring out a contract if one was to come across my desk now. The course was informative, easy to follow along with. The instructor was very knowledgable and easy to approach. Well done.” M. Fowler, Spectra Energy


“All more than my expectations, really crucial for new PE’s / PM’s getting into project engineering / project management. I really appreciate Morley’s effort he has made to give us a very comprehensive vision and extracted knowledge of project management.” A. Khan, Colt WorleyParsons Canada

“The workshop showed that I already do many of the tasks right but unknowingly skipped some important controls. I liked the importance of defining the scope and eliminate or mitigate as many unknowns as possible. I would recommend this workshop to others as it gives a lot of valuable knowledge to people who may not have known their full job description. “   T. Walker Imperial Oil Ltd.

“Interesting, relevant material presented in an easy to follow format. Great reference material.”
G. Wheating, P.Eng. Neill and Gunter

“Good practical overview of the project management process”
R. Dunn, P.Eng. Westmar Consultants

“Good insight for the possible projects our company may encounter”
T. MacKenzie, Boxwood Forest Products and Services Ltd

“Mr Selver provided an excellent overview of classical industrial project management. I found the material directly related to my duties as a project manager for aviation fuel distribution facilities at Canada’s major airports. Even for projects, federal, provincial, or private in nature the seminars material applies in almost all respects. Very well thought out structure. Thanks”
A. Pollard, P.Eng, FSM Management Group Inc

“A well presented course to help understand some of the fundamentals of project management.”
J. Day, Sea Breeze Power

“I really enjoyed this seminar. I will be able to directly apply this information in my career. The text book looks like it will be a great resource.
Overall, an excellent course. Time well spent!!”
M. Sohy, P.Eng., Forge Industrial Engineering

“Excellent presentation and impressive knowledge of human behaviour and industry.”
P. Pretorius, P.Eng., Robar Industries Ltd

“Overall a very useful and informative tutorial which will be invaluable for future projects.”
D. Meade, Ph.D., IDEAS Simulation and Control

“Good course. The examples in the course “drove home” the points and concepts. The course was useful to me. Definitely gave me a better appreciation. Instructor was good.”
D. Buckland, BC  Oil & Gas Commission

“Very good course. I learned a lot about how to improve my project engineer’s skills. Fortunate and privileged to have you as a teacher.”
C. Visan, BC Oil & Gas Commission

“I found the course useful, there were many topics that relate to my everyday job duties.”
N. Wood, BC Ministry Of Transportation

“Basic fundamentals of project management were covered well. Very informative and useful.”
D. Daniel, BC Ministry of Transportation

“I found it a very detailed approach towards project engineering for plant engineers.”
G. Viswanathan, P.Eng., Duke Energy Gas Transmission

Upcoming Workshops

January 3rd, 2012 No comments


Upcoming Workshops


Fundamentals of Capital Project Cost Control


How do you control a project? You just: define the scope, budget and plan the execution of the scope, execute the scope per the plan, control the scope, and manage the budget variance. It’s just that easy! If it’s that easy, then why do we always have trouble controlling our projects?


Join us in Vancouver BC on April 20, 2017 for our Fundamentals Of Capital Project Cost Control.


For information and to register please go to: Cost Control



 A typical comment about the Fundamentals of Project Management Workshop; “I wish I had taken this workshop when I started my project management career”

Fundamentals Of Project Management

Your Survival Skills


It’s never to late to start planning. Like I mention in the workshop, as a PM you have to be looking several months out as you need to keep ahead of what is happening. The same applies to your personnel life. Now is the time to mark the following workshop date on your calendar  with an alarm notice several weeks in advance so you don’t miss the workshop and your Project Management Survival Skills.


Calgary AB September 12-14, 2017


For information and to register go to: Fundamentals of Project Management  




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 Contract Management 


 For Design And Construction Projects Workshop 


April 12 & 13, 2017 – Houston TX

October 11 & 12, 2017 – Houston TX

September 26 & 27 2017 Calgary AB

  Course Overview

This two-day workshop will benefit those, in industry and government, who have to manage the contracts in the field, and whose job it is to prepare the contract documents. This includes field engineers, contract administrators, construction managers, project managers, project engineers, superintendents, procurement, consultants, and site personnel interfacing with contractors. In private industry and in the public realm, whether via Design-Bid-Build (DBB), Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC), or Engineer, Procure, Construction Management (EPCM), any time you are doing construction, there is a contract involved. This two day workshop is about the construction site contract administration process and how the activities affect the contract administration team.

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This course is sponsored by Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education Inc. (PEICE)

Influence & Cost of Changes

June 7th, 2009 No comments

As you are aware one of the major challenges of the project manager is managing changes. With projects, change is inevitable, you have to be prepared to handle change, and to manage changes. Changes take place throughout the project and during the different phases of the project life cycle, change will have different effects on the project. In this article I will talk about how the range of influence changes as the project moves along the life cycle. I will also talk about project spending and the cost of change.
Figure 1 shows how the range of influence on a project decreases as the project develops. By range of influence I am talking about the ability to alter the project quality, schedule, cost, and return on investment (ROI). Early on in the project we are just dealing with engineering design so any changes to the scope and schedule does not cost……………..  click here

Hidden Contracts You Didn’t Know About

February 15th, 2009 No comments

We were in the process of buying the electrical equipment for a new plant when the electrical engineer came in with the bad news. They had been told by the electric utility the project would have to buy the transformer from the utility company. We could understand hooking up the transformer, but to actually have to buy the transformer was crazy, which we told him in no
uncertain terms! The transformer we needed cost $750,000 from our referred supplier, while the utility wanted $1,250,000 for basically the same thing. They put a few bells and whistles on it but the cheaper version would work just as well. Was there any way around this? Apparently not. It was the law in this jurisdiction. So just like that, POW, we were, $500,000 behind in the budget. Unfortunately this senario is all too familiar and is just one example of what I call hidden contracts. These are contracts your company has with out side suppliers / agencies / government bodies that you are not usually aware of until the bill comes in.
Utilities are just one of those hidden contracts.

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Vendor Information Requirements

January 15th, 2009 No comments

This article is the last in a series that ran in October, November, and December on a section in your bid documents t i t led ‘Performance Required by the Successful Bidder’. This is the vendor data that you require with their proposal and data required later in the project should they be the successful bidder. The document I want to discuss in this article is equally important and is called the Vendor Information Requirements Form. This form is used to find out more about the vendor and how he will perform on your project. This form can play a role in selecting the vendor.

Vendor Furnished Data
1. Drawings & Manuals
For drawings and manuals you need to know where the engineering and design office is located. This is important in case you have to travel there. You usually want an office that is readily accessibile or maybe use local people for the work. If it is overseas (off shore) this can have an affect on turnaround t ime for answering questions.
Depending on your circumstances, this could affect vendor selection. One client we work for requires us to inform them whenever we have someone who is not located in our office working on their projects.

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Vendor Data Requirements (3)

December 15th, 2008 No comments

This article is a continuation of the article I started in October, a discussion on Vendor Data Requirements and their importance to your project. This is the vendor data that you require with their proposal and data required  later in the project should they be the successful bidder. In review, this document is typically used when purchasing equipment and outlines to the vendor exactly what information you expect him to include with his quote. As I started in last months article, this is a continuation of the section on Performance Required by the Successful Bidder’ which outlines the conditions the successful bidder will be required to perform to. In this article I will complete the Performance Required by the Successful Bidder’ section.

If you don’t have a mechanical fabrication and installation standard / guideline then you should make up one to protect yourself. It covers items such as any base plates should be of rigid construction and have grout and vent holes to ensure the plate can be properly grouted.
One issue that happened to me …..

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December 10th, 2008 No comments

To provide engineers and non-technical people with relevant, practical information, news, and tools to help them manage their projects efficiently and effectively. To help develop their project knowledge base with a basic understanding of the main facets of project engineering in North America.

Who is this site for?

It is for anyone involved in managing projects and wants to have better control of those projects (anyone who wants to be the master of their own destiny), those experienced at project management or just starting out in project engineering. Industry or consulting. Technical or nontechnical.

Are you an engineer or technician who has no special training, yet is given the task of overseeing a project. Nowhere to go for good practical project advice and help that you now need? No Coach? No Mentor? Then you have found the right place.

Vendor Data Requirements (cont’d)

November 15th, 2008 No comments

In October I started a discussion on Vendor Data Requirements and their
importance to your project. This is the vendor data that you require with their proposal and later in the project should they be the successful bidder. In review, this document is used when purchasing equipment and outlines to the vendor exactly what information you expect him to include with his quote. In this article I will cover additional information you should be asking for and why you need the information. Following are some  additional data items typically required from a vendor ;
6. Transport
As you have to unload project equipment you need to know how the equipment will be delivered to your site and the number of pieces. If it is coming by normal non-restricted transportation methods you can organize the proper equipment and set a time for the unloading. If the equipment is too large and has to be transported by restricted methods you want to know how it is being shipped as you will have to handle it.

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Vendor Data Requirements

October 15th, 2008 Comments off

Last month we talked about the Standard Component List and it’s importance to your project in helping make sure you get what you want and what you need. Another important document, that goes along with the Standard Component List, is the Vendor Data Requirements. This document is typically used when This document comes in a couple of formats, one as a printed document describing in detail what information you are looking for and the other as an itemized list.

Either one works as long as you outline to the vendor what information you require. The printed document is a standard one and covers every possible piece of equipement. The itemized lists can be tailored to suit what you are purchasing. As an
example, you can develop a list for rotating equipment and one for pressure vessels and use them accordingly.

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Get What You Specify, Not What you Want

September 15th, 2008 Comments off

As a consulting engineer we recently did a project where the specification
called out asbestos gaskets. Knowing that asbestos has not been used for
years in North America and the fact that the project engineer on the last
project did not want to use them, we assumed that this project engineer
would do the same. We spent some time researching what was used in the past, made up a specification deviation and sent it to the owner. To our surprise he refused the specification deviation as he liked asbestos gaskets and that was what he wanted to use.

This is not an isolated incident and is a problem that all people dealing with
owners have, is what does the owner want? As a service provider, time and
money are wasted when there is confusion and indecision on the owners’
side. People do not know what to do, so nothing gets done. You don’t know
which direction to go, so you spin your wheels. This is not a pleasant position to be in, especially when you figure out one engineers preferences and the next one has different preferences.

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