P724 Create and Manage Projects with ASTA Projects

Asta Development is a leading international developer of project, portfolio and resource management software which provides solutions for managing any size and any type of project. It has proved its capabilities over the years on high-profile projects throughout the world and is now used by thousands of planners in a wide variety of industry sectors in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the US.

Launched in 1988, Asta Powerproject is well-proven as an easy-to-use, powerful professional project management system. It is used to manage all aspects of projects such as producing tender plans, delivering against the contract program, reporting progress to clients and management, controlling costs and resources, mitigating against the risk of delay and disruption, and producing robust schedules that reflect exactly what happens on site.

Asta Powerproject is available as standalone software for individual users, networked software and as a multi-user system for managing complex projects where three or more planners need to work on the same project at the same time.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, delegates will be able to create and track an entire project from start to completion. They will be able to create a fully linked bar chart with a critical path and then learn how this can be updated with progress. Key presentation features, including codes and creating a coded reporting system, formatting, views and filters will also be covered so that projects can be presented professionally.

Who Should Attend

This two-day course is designed for those who are new to Project Management as well as experience people in Project management who need a practical course focused on project management and using the tactical tool to improve Planning and Controlling Skills. This course target is mainly for Project Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Enterprise and Project Risk Managers, Project Control Managers, Project Control Engineers, Engineers and Planners, Information Technology Managers.

In What Type of Projects

Construction, Technology Organizations, Civil Engineering, Public Sector, Facilities Management, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Consultancy Firms.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Project Portfolio Resource Management Concept
  • Creating New Project Files / Project Template Concept
  • Quick Start User Ribbon Interface
  • Interface Organizational Breakdown Structure (OBS) and Enterprise Project Structure (EPS)
  • Project Management Life Cycle in Asta Powerproject
  • Adding and Editing Activities
  • Scheduling Techniques and Creating Schedules
  • Calendars
  • Link logic, Linking tasks and Rescheduling the project – Analysing the Critical path
  • Annotating, Adding notes, Linking documents and Formatting
  • Creating a Programme of Projects
  • Analyzing Enterprise Project Case Study in Asta
  • Exercises
  • Determining the Project and Coding Structure
  • Library Preparation and Options Settings
  • Customizing Calendars, Filters, Sorts, Tables and Views
  • Work Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Numbering
  • Creating Baselines and Progress Management
  • Comparison of Planned and Actual data, S-Curve Progress Measurement based on Duration and Weightage
  • Producing Reports, Customizing Report Borders and Printing (excel, html, xml, pdf)
  • Analyzing Enterprise Project Case Study in Asta
  • Exercises

P728 TILOS 8.0 Advanced Course, for planning and scheduling railways, highways, roads and pipelines

TILOS (TIme LOcation System) is planning software for managing linear construction projects, basically utilities and infrastructure projects. It can be used in different construction industries, like Highway, Railway, Metro, Fast Tram, Pipeline and Tunnel Construction, but also in Water Engineering or Transmission Line Building.

Traditional planning systems display their results in bar charts or network diagrams. Linear projects present unique challenges because the crews and equipment move along the construction right-of-way to perform their work. Permits, environmental constraints, construction related issues and risk elements are easily incorporated into the plan to give a single overall view of the project. Neither of the traditional diagrams are able to show a graphical link between the location where the work is performed (the distance axis) and the time when it is executed (the time axis).

TILOS is used to incorporate design details, construction challenges, risk elements and your project schedule in a single view. It is fully integrated with the leading CPM scheduling tools. It is simply the best tool for planning and managing linear projects.

Who Should Attend

This course target is for Project Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Enterprise and Project Risk Managers, Project Control Managers, Project Control Engineers, Engineers and Planners, Information Technology Managers.

In What Type of Projects

Highways, Roads, Railways, Metro, Tunnels, Pipelines, Ducts and Culverts, Power Transmission, Solar Cells, Wind Farms, High Rise Buildings and any type of linear project.

Course Outline

  • Creating and using calendars
  • Further library elements and exchanging library items
  • Layer and filter techniques, Sorting and Grouping
  • Time based Gantt Chart and Distance based Gantt Chart
  • Task Dependency tables based on Predecessors and Successors
  • Data exchange between TILOS – Excel, Primavera, MS Project, Asta Powerproject
  • Resource and cost planning & controlling on time – distance axis
  • Task calculation with resource assignment
  • Evaluation: cost and resource histograms / resource bar charts
  • Exercises
  • Linear progress management: Baselining, Comparison of planned and actual data
  • Multiple project and Contractor management
  • Mass Haulage Planning and Controlling
  • Clash detection management
  • Creating and working with own project templates
  • Analyzing Linear Project Case Study in Tilos

Exercises

P727 TILOS 8.0 Basic Course, for planning and scheduling railways, highways, roads and pipelines

TILOS (TIme LOcation System) is planning software for managing linear construction projects, basically utilities and infrastructure projects. It can be used in different construction industries, like Highway-, Railway-, Metro-, Fast Tram-, Pipeline- and Tunnel Construction, but also in Water Engineering or Transmission Line Building.

Traditional planning systems display their results in bar charts or network diagrams. Linear projects present unique challenges because the crews and equipment move along the construction right-of-way to perform their work. Permits, environmental constraints, construction related issues and risk elements are easily incorporated into the plan to give a single overall view of the project. Neither of the traditional diagrams are able to show a graphical link between the location where the work is performed (the distance axis) and the time when it is executed (the time axis).

TILOS is used to incorporate design details, construction challenges, risk elements and your project schedule in a single view. It is fully integrated with the leading CPM scheduling tools. It is simply the best tool for planning and managing linear projects.

Who Should Attend

This course target is for Project Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Enterprise and Project Risk Managers, Project Control Managers, Project Control Engineers, Engineers and Planners, Information Technology Managers.

In What Type of Projects

Highways, Roads, Railways, Metro, Tunnels, Pipelines, Ducts and Culverts, Power Transmission, Solar Cells, Wind Farms, High Rise Buildings and any type of linear project.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Linear Planning and Scheduling Concept
  • Understanding and using the graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Creating TILOS project files / project template concept
  • Creating objects / tasks including task calculation, color scheme, annotation and structure
  • Creating and using task templates and task groups
  • Inserting, positioning and processing of graphics like drawings etc.
  • Linking tasks and rescheduling
  • Modeling task calculation types for duration, productivity rate, quantity estimations
  • Analyzing Linear Project Case Study in Tilos
  • Exercises
  • Layout and cell concept
  • Creating own views and cell systems
  • Creating and using distance profile diagrams and histograms
  • Creating and using time profile diagrams and histograms
  • Cell contents: time-distance diagram, scales and grids
  • Gantt charts
  • Commenting the view: legends, logos, stamp fields
  • Time – Distance diagram printing
  • Analyzing Linear Project Case Study in Tilos
  • Exercises

P875 Executing Your Strategy by Engaging Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

Learning Outcome

  • How to integrate your Organization Strategic Plans with Project Initiatives
  • How to build your organization portfolio project management culture in your organization
  • How to deliver your organization project life cycle
  • How to enhance the methods used by your organization to successfully deliver projects
  • How to define metrics and standards to measure the performance of your projects
  • How to use technology to support managing and tracking your projects data

Who Should Attend

This course target is for Chief Executive Officers and all other CEO, Finance Managers, Human Resources Managers, Project Managers, Engineers and Planners, Information Technology Managers.

In What Industries

Government, Real Estate Development, Aerospace, Defense, Engineering and Construction, Manufacturing and Industrial, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, Power and Water Utility Plants, Education and Training, Retail, Financial Services, Information Technology, Telecommunication, Media Production, E-Business Enablers, Marketing and Sales, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental Management, Hospitality Management, Shipbuilding and Repair Yards

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • The standards for managing projects, programs and portfolios
  • Overview of Strategic planning
  • Strategic Alignment: Selecting The Right Projects
  • Project Management: Delivering Projects Right From The First Time
  • Projects portfolio monitor and control
  • Setting the PMO: Organizational Impacts of Adapting Project Management
  • What is Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)?
  • Jump Start PMO Procedures Using PMO Content Assets
  • Project Management Certifications

VE001 Certified Associate Value Specialist Preparation Course Approved from SAVE international

Course Overview

This course presents:

  • VM job plan.
  • All the tools and techniques of Value methodology specially the function analysis.
  • How to use the VE analytical tools to save up to 30 % of the cost, to achieve overall process improvement objectives.
  • VE secrets using its professional tools & techniques to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.
  • QBS to compare between alternative taking into consideration the non-monetary criteria.
  • Life Cycle Costing Analysis.

 Who should Attend

Engineers, all designers, managers & stakeholders to improve quality and reduce costs.

Agenda

Day 1:The basic principles and organization, Pre study Stage + information Phase.
1.1. Definitions, objectives and targets of value engineering
1.2. Principles of Value Engineering
1.3. Organization and planning of Value engineering
1.4. Stages of Value Engineering
1.5.  Value Engineering Phases (information & data collection – Function Analysis- Creativity Phase- Evaluation-Development-Presentation)
1.6. Formation of a working group on value engineering
1.7  Analysis of the initial requirements and specifications
1.8. Benchmarking and gathering information about available solutions
1.9. VE workshop using pre-study & information phase tools and techniques.

Day 2: Function Analysis Phase and FAST Diagram
2.1. Function Identification
2.2. Function Classification.
2.3. Levels of Abstractions.
2.4. Function Analysis system Techniques
2.5. VE workshop to learn how to use the function analysis tools and techniques.
2.6. Drawing the FAST Diagram of the case study.

Day 3: Creativity evaluation and Development phases
3.1. Functional-cost analysis (Function Analysis).
3.2. Techniques of group discussion and idea generation
3.3. Development of performance indicators (financial and non-financial)
3.4. Quality Base Selection

3.5. VE workshop to learn how to apply the creativity, evaluation& development tools and techniques

Day 4: Implementation of the results of value engineering
4.1. Simulation of life cycle costs
4.2. Evaluation of options and proposals on the basis of the value engineering
4.3. Reporting format in value engineering
4.4. Using the results of value engineering in projects of capital construction.
4.5. VE workshop to learn how to analyze different projects using the life cycle costing and to prepare VEP and revision using the mind maps to be ready for the AVS exam .

Day 5: AVS exam

The course fee is inclusive of the AVS Exam fee of US$ 600

Course Instructor

Dr. Jacqueline Fahmy Ph.D. PMP CVS CSSBB

Jacqueline is a Registered Architect, a Certified Value Specialist (CVS), a CSSBB (Certified Six Sigma Black Belt) & a Certified PMP. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Master degree and PhD in Architecture from the Alexandria University. She had terminated her PhD before reaching 30 years old. She has more than 14 years of experience in project management and architectural design in both the public and private sectors.

Following graduation from architecture school in 2000, Jacqueline apprenticed with several large commercial architectural and engineering firms. Jacqueline has a career background in Project, Quality and Value management .She had translated her real world experience in training, Consultancy and leadership Development.

She is Value Engineering Module 1 & 2 provider (AUC-Engineering services), a lecturer of project management for post grade (AAST Arab Academy For Science, Technology &Maritime), and was Assistant Professor (CIC Canadian International College), Lecturer of Construction Economics (BUE British University in Egypt) Lecturer of Project Management (El-Shorouk Academy). In 2008, she had founded VECG Value Engineering Consultants Group to introduce the value engineering as an important problem solving approach to manage costs through innovative changes. In 2009, she accepted to switch from architecture to quality assurance to be CIC Quality Assurance Vice President and to apply the six sigma approach in education. In December 2010, Jacqueline redirected her career when she becomes the first Egyptian Certified Value Specialist from the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE). Since then Jacqueline has facilitated multi-disciplined VE workshops throughout the Middle East and she focused on her own business as a president of VECG Value Engineering Consultants Group (www.vecg.org). She was the team leader of more than 32 VE studies and had conducted more than 56 VE workshop approved from SAVE international.

P892 Deltek Acumen Risk

So what is Acumen Risk exactly? Acumen Risk is an integrated cost and schedule risk analysis tool that integrates a project team’s existing risk register into a highly accurate risk-adjusted forecast. Need to run a quick schedule risk analysis? Need to build a fully integrated cost/schedule risk model incorporating risk events and mitigation plans? No problem. Acumen Risk is designed to accommodate both ends of the spectrum.

On one hand, Acumen Risk is incredibly powerful, analyzing thousands of activities in seconds while accounting for scope uncertainty, work complexity, risk events and opportunities. On the other hand, it is user friendly eliminating the statistical and logical complexities of building risk models against large project schedules.

Who Should Attend

This course target is for Project Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Enterprise and Project Risk Managers, Project Control Managers, Project Control Engineers, Engineers and Planners, Information Technology Managers.

In What Industries

Government, Real Estate Development, Aerospace, Defense, Engineering and Construction, Manufacturing and Industrial, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, Power and Water Utility Plants, Education and Training, Retail, Financial Services, Information Technology, Telecommunication, Media Production, E-Business Enablers, Marketing and Sales, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental Management, Hospitality Management, Shipbuilding and Repair Yards

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Acumen Risk™
  • Uncertainty loading and reporting
  • Tracking risk events
  • Mapping risk events to schedule
  • Running a risk analysis
  • Evaluating risk scenarios
  • Reporting results

P777 Improving Your Confidence to Make Better and Faster Informed Project Decisions through Software Collaboration Tool

Regardless of the project type you are managing, collaboration among project team members as well as other project stakeholders is a must and not an option. Similar to any other practice, project management has established the knowledge, tools and techniques that effective collaboration must address. This workshop will detail the requirements for setting a project collaboration environment that will provide stakeholders with the insight to make better and faster informed decisions on their projects.

Objectives

  • Understand project management definitions and requirements that a Collaboration tool must fulfil
  • What project management functions that a Collaboration tool must support?
  • Automating Project Management Processes to Ensure Successful Collaboration
  • Identifying KPIs to Manage the Performance of Project Management Processes
  • Visualizing a Single Version of the Truth of Projects Performance
  • Supporting the Decision Making and Implementation Process Through Collaboration
  • Selecting the Best Collaboration Software for Your Projects

Outcome

  • Define your project life cycle stages
  • Identify the project management processes that you need your project team to collaborate on
  • Understand how to automate a project management process
  • Understand how to manage the health of a project management process
  • Understand how to share project information for better and faster decisions
  • Understand how to ensure that project decisions are implemented

Agenda

  • Introduction
    • What is Project Collaboration?
    • Benefits of Successful Project Collaboration
    • Key Challenges In Achieving Successful Collaboration On Projects Environment
  • What Is Needed For A Sustainable Integrated Project Management Collaboration Environment?
    • Capturing Data From Project Management Processes
    • Promoting Project Governance and Accountability While Capturing Project Data
    • Convert Project Data To Information
    • Visualize a Single Version of the Truth on the Project’s Performance and Health
    • Make Right Decisions as It Relate To Delivering Projects Right
    • Ensure that Decisions Are Implemented Successfully
  • Blend and Associate Project Management Data With Other Data Sources To Improve Collaboration at Corporate Level
  • Quantifying The Benefit Of Project Collaboration Solution
  • Selecting the Best Collaboration Software for Your Projects
  • Workshop Wrap Up

Course Leader

Bassam Samman PMP, PSP, EVP, GPM

Bassam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration from the George Washington University. He has attended executive management programs at Harvard Business School (HBS) and London Business School (LBS). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Earned Value Professional (EVP) and Green Project Management (GPM). He is thoroughly experienced in Project Management including project control systems, project collaboration and management information systems, risk management, construction management, claims management, strategy execution among others. Bassam has 35 years’ experience in Project Management Consultancy and he is the CEO and Founder of CMCS.