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This course presents the role of the construction manager and proposes practical tools to facilitate the management of a construction project. It covers preconstruction planning, bidding and award, managing construction, and many more.

Course Outline
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
  • Define the role of project stakeholders (owner, professionals, contractors, consultants, subcontractors, etc.)
  • Organize a construction site
  • Plan the work
  • Control budget
  • Interpret and manage contract clauses
  • Organize and conduct site meetings
  • Increase efficiency of communication process in your organization
  • Manage claims, liabilities and dispute resolution

This course presents the role of the construction manager and proposes practical tools to facilitate the management of a construction project. It covers preconstruction planning, bidding and award, managing construction, project planning and controls, estimating, cost engineering, procurement, value engineering, quality assurance, safety and health in construction, risk management as well as claims and their resolution. It is an interactive course where the instructor engages participants in discussions to ensure that they gain thorough understanding of the material presented.


To present the concepts in construction management so participants can work them into their own management style and continue it development and enhancement

Who Should Attend
  • Project managers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Project Engineers & members of associations in construction management
  • Other individuals who are actively involved in construction as General Contractors, Trade Contractors, Planners, Estimators, Cost Engineers or Instructors will find the course beneficial
It is open to any engineer or manager working in the field of construction.

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Methods


1. Construction Industry

a. Introduction
b. Types of construction projects

2. Organization of Projects
a. The life cycle of a construction project
b. Basic management activities
c. Organizational concepts
d. Contractual relationships

Construction Management
3. Preconstruction

a. Site investigation
b. Area construction practice
c. Estimating
d. Work packages
e. Value-engineering program
f. Construction planning

4. Bidding and Award
a. Developing CM construction packages
b. Preparation of bBidding documents
c. Contractor qualification, bidding and award
d. Bidding and award to general contractors

5. Construction
a. Overall planning for construction management
b. Typical organizations for construction management
c. Overall planning and control for general contracting
d. Safety responsibilities
e. Contract administration and coordination
f. Quality control
g. Start-up & final closeout
h. Legal consideration

6. Application of Controls
a. Construction Manager:
i. Management level reporting
ii. Overall cost controls
iii. Schedule and Progress Controls
b. Subcontractors:
i. Management level reporting
ii. Cost controls
iii. Schedule and progress controls
c. General Contractor:
i. Management level reporting
ii. Cost controls
iii. Schedule and progress controls

Day II


1. Planning and Control

a. Project planning and control
b. Computer Application in project planning and control

2. Project Costs
a. Introduction
b. Conceptual and preliminary estimates
c. Detailed estimates
d. Definitive estimates
e. Estimating and  controlling construction labour costs
f. Estimating different types of construction
g. Converting estimate to control budget

3. Cost Engineering
a. Cost control and cost engineering
b. WBS
c. Cost codes
d. Control budgets
e. Sources of data for cost control

4. Procurement
a. Concepts
b. Procurement cycle
c. Principal documents
d. Relation to other control systems
e. Control of materials procurement

5. Value Engineering
a. Introduction
b. Potential savings

6. Quality Assurance
a. Concepts and definitions
b. Economics of quality
c. Organization
d. Methodology

7. Safety and Health in Construction
a. Problems
b. Implementation guidelines
c. Business Method / Risk Management

8. Hazards of Business
a. Risk management programs
b. Construction insurance
c. Construction surety bonds
9. Industrial Relations
a. Labour law
b. Contractor organizations
10. Claims, Liability and Dispute Resolution
a. Major claims categories
b. Dispute resolution

Questions and Answers to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Daily Schedule:

8:00   Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Johny Kesserwany, P.Eng., has 18 years experience in project management, design management, administration, and control management in Canada and internationally. He has worked on construction projects in the commercial, residential, healthcare, hotel and leisure, retail, industrial, railway, and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Kesserwany has expertise in all project phases, including design review and management, tender management, estimating, planning and scheduling, time and resources management, budget analysis, cost control, and document control. He has extensive experience in contract administration (FIDIC, AIA, and government contracts) and a broad knowledge of claims assessment and avoidance.
In addition to teaching construction management, Mr. Kesserwany has previously lectured on project management, and Primavera and MS Project software applications.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.4 CEUs / 12 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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