Applied Project Controls (18 PDUs)

Venue: Best Western Abercorn Inn Richmond

Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2012 / 8:00 am - (PST) End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2012 / 4:30 pm - (PST)
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Applied Project Controls addresses the elements of effective project controls. It is important to project planning, scheduling and cost to apply the appropriate controls. This course will provide you with greater understanding as well as the tools you will need to apply these controls. By controlling the these triple constraints, the project will start, run and finish properly because the project will be built on a solid foundation with achievable goals.


The objective of this workshop is to provide the tools needed for applying effective project controls. Through understanding of what applied controls are as well as the techniques needed to apply them, participants will have the necessary tools to apply to their projects.   Target Audience
Project controls are an important aspect of every project, and the more one knows about them and how to apply them, the more successful a project will be. Project Managers, Program Managers, Project Leaders, Product Managers, Project Coordinators will benefit greatly from this course. Other specialists include; Controllers, Schedulers/Planners, Analysts, and anyone involved in projects.

Program Outline (1.8 CEUs / 18 PDUs / 18 PDHs)

Day 1

  • Balanced project (Triple Constraints).
  • The difference between Scheduling and Planning.
  • Course Objectives


  • Define and refine scope.
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to Scope the Project
  • Develop WBS.

Time Planning

  • Define Activities.
  • Sequence activities.
    • Activity Definition
    • Activity Sequencing
      • Precedence Diagramming Method
      • Types of Relationships
      • Types of Dependencies
      • Leads and Lags
      • Building a Network Logic Diagram
      • Methods of Network Scheduling ( Arrow Diagramming & Precedence Diagramming)
  • Estimate Activity Resources
    • Estimate Activity Duration.
  • Develop Schedule
    • Schedule network analysis
    • Critical Path Method (CPM)
    • Schedule compression.
    • What if scenario.
    • Resource leveling.
    • Critical Chain Method.
    • Adjusting leas and lags.
    • Scheduling tools.
  • Float
    • Types of float.
  • Schedule Compression
  • What-if Scenario Analysis
    • PERT
    • The Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Resource Leveling.
  • Critical Chain Method
  • Assigning Resources and Estimate Durations

  Day 2
Cost Management

  • Profitability Calculation
  • Estimating Costs
    • Methods of estimating costs
  • Cost Budgeting
  • Time & Cost baseline
  • The Earned Value Approach
    • Cost/ Schedule performance.
    • Project ‘s performance Measurements
    • Estimate at Completion.
  • Contract Formats
  • Project Delivery Systems
  • Project Reports.
    • Types of reports.
    • Cost monitoring and control reports.

Day 3

Risk Management

  • Risk management overview.
  • Risk management process.
  • Definitions,
  • Cost Risk Analysis (CRA).

CRA overview

  • Definitions & Concepts
  • The Monte Carlo Analysis process.
  • Interpretation of the results.
  • Practical Guide to simulation
  • Application using @risk software.

Time Risk Analysis

  • CPM with schedule risk analysis.
  • Better estimates for completion dates.
  • Parallel paths effect.
  • Application using Pertmaster software.

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Analyze the project scope and prepare the work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Determine the project activities and relationships.
  • Add relationships to activities and prepare a project schedule.
  • Have the skills of resource loading
  • Apply scheduling network diagrams.
  • Distinguish between different types of contracts.
  • Apply the earned value method to determine the project performance.
  • Forecast the final project results and take the corrective actions to achieve the goals.
  • Prepare different types of project controls reports.
  • Have a good understanding of the concepts and processes of risk management.
  • Understand the principles of cost risk analysis.
  • Determine the project contingency.
  • Understand the project management processes.
  • Understand the principles of time risk analysis.



Ali Atwa, PhD., PMP, RMP   Dr. Ali Atwa completed his Bachelor's degree with honors in Civil Engineering, in Egypt. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in structural engineering and Ph.D. degree in Planning of repetitive projects under risk. He is currently a project controls manager at WorleyParsons Canada.

Dr. Atwa has more than 24 years of experience in project controls and civil engineering. He worked as a risk manager and project controls manager for many multinational, major projects in Canada, USA and the Middle East; such as Oqyana islands in Dubai, Doha Port in Qatar, El Rehab city in Cairo, and a group of pipeline and oil and gas facilities in US and Canada. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of time, cost and risk management.
  Dr. Atwa has a record of academic achievements which include theses and published papers in construction project management and risk analysis. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP).


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