Divide And Conquer: The Art Of Breaking Down The Project Into Activities For Better Control
Saleh Mubarak, Ph.D.
- Construction project management professional, professor, consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer
- Ph.D. in civil engineering from Clemson University, USA, specialized in Construction Project Management
- Experience: 30+years, diversified:
o Industrial: private and public sectors, in the U.S. and internationally. Positions occupied include project engineer/manager, cost estimator, planner/scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager.
o Academic: faculty member/professor, head of a department.
- Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly planning & scheduling, cost estimating project controls. Topics also include soft skills and their integration with project management
- Author of:
o Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition, 4th edition is coming soon)
o How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition, 5th edition is coming soon)
o Many articles; technical and other
- Many presentations in professional conferences such as PMI, AACE International. The public speaker in many local, regional, and international events
- An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control
- An advocate of holistic healthy living
This seminar discusses the first step into creating a construction CPM schedule. It goes into defining activities and events in a typical construction project, and how we can get there by breaking down the project progressively into smaller components with the smallest component defined as activities. The seminar will go over the criteria for project breakdown; why breaking up the work package and what is the appropriate level to stop. The topic of events and milestones will be discussed as well. The CSI (Construction Specification Institute) MasterFormat and UniFormat will also be mentioned and linked to the topic. The objective is to end up with a schedule that has activities that are measurable and controllable efficiently for project control. This seminar will cover this process with valuable tips producing a better and smarter schedule.
- The steps necessary to create a CPM schedule
- The concept of the project breakdown system, WBS
- Criteria for project breakdown
- Project breakdown and activity duration uncertainty: How to raise confidence
- The CSI (Construction Specification Institute) MasterFormat and UniFormat
- Project Breakdown Mentality: Scheduler versus Cost Estimator
- General tips for project work breakdown system
Course Level - Intermediate, A basic understanding of scheduling and project controls concepts is helpful.
Who Should Attend
- Project Managers
- Cost Estimators
- Project Management Team Members
Why Should You Attend
This seminar will go over a major part in the creation of a CPM schedule. It is very helpful for not only construction planners and schedulers but also the entire project management team.
Construction project scheduling is one of the major elements of construction project management. The creation of a good schedule is extremely important for the management of the project. The first step for the creation of a schedule is breaking down the project into progressively smaller components with the smallest component defined as activities. There is no unique “right” method to do so but there are proven guidelines to make the process better and more efficient for project control. This seminar will cover this process with valuable tips producing a better and smarter schedule.