The Construction Advancement Foundation is Northwest Indiana’s leading institution on developing and promoting educational programs that expand and strengthen the safety, quality, productivity, and professionalism of the construction industry. Our state-of-the-art facility has over 10,000 square feet of classroom and training space dedicated to advancing the skills and knowledge of the men and women who work in construction. Courses offered through the Construction Advancement Foundation constantly evolve as new technologies and relevant topics emerge within the industry. Taught by some of the industry’s most knowledgeable instructors, we offer professional development and continuing education courses for professionals in every facet of construction including apprentices, journeymen, field supervision, project managers, estimators, administrative support staff, and executive management.
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Time: Jan 14th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Covid 19 has forced many people to work remotely. It has tested even the most organized people on how to navigate stakeholders and teams from a distance. Many are becoming increasingly taxed with the responsibilities of today’s projects and working from home. The amount of paperwork and necessary coordination make it difficult for anyone to get things done today. Long hours and constant connection make it difficult to find a new life balance. We are often vibrating between problems. While technology seems to have aided our industry, why does it seem we continue to struggle? This presentation will focus on simple blocking and tackling techniques to help prioritize and manage the most important resources.
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Time: Jan 29th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Participants in this course will learn how to identify different types of cost in a project and how each can be managed to add to the bottom line. The participants will see how labor, material, equipment and subcontractor costs affect the profitability of a project and they will learn how to identify the risks associated with a project. The participants will participate in interactive exercises to review and analyze job cost reports and make business decisions using information. The participants will learn an effective and efficient method to identify the key cost and profit movers for a project and how to manage them for improved profitability.
Time: Jan 29th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Medic First Aid will be providing a First Aid / CPR certification class. The courses are sponsored by the Safety & Health Committee of the Construction Advancement Foundation.
Time: Feb 18th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Participants in this program will learn how to decipher the key elements of project Requests for Proposals and how to formulate a response to the request. This interactive session uses case studies to have the participants see how the development of proposals and pricing affects can be efficient and effective. The participants will learn to assess different
risks associated with proposals and how to develop approaches which can be rationally priced. In the end they will leave the seminar with an improved understanding of different costs models and how they can implement a definable, repeatable and trainable estimating and bidding strategy.
Time: Feb 19th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Participants in the course will learn effective methods to communicate when the stakes are high and the outcomes are important. The session will cover two types of communication: Crucial conversations which are those that have high emotion and involve conflict of ideas, and negotiations which involve getting what you want through dialogue and purpose.
Time: Feb 25th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Today’s complex world of construction, combined with a pandemic, is causing the “throttle” on schedules to be unpredictable. One day a project might be paused, stopped, or slowed, then accelerated, and compressed. All of this is requiring teams to do more with less. To make matters more complicated, we are forced into aggressive contracts that shift all risk to the contractor and
subcontractors; including forces we have no control over. How do we react? Can our project schedule help or potentially hurt us? This session will focus on “blocking and tackling” techniques that project teams can incorporate into their schedules. It will also highlight the terms and legal “mumbo jumbo” each PM or superintendent should understand concerning project schedules. Pandemic or not, these skills are practical on any project.
Time: Mar 18th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Participants in the course will learn effective methods to recognize changes that occur on projects how to address the request for change contractually, and methods for field implementation. The session covers:
A. Introduction to Change – What and Why does it occur
B. Phases of the Project Life Cycle
C. Six Secrets to Effective Scope Control
D. Principles of Effective Change Management
E. Recommended Practices for Change Order Management
F. Using the Theory in the “Real World”
The first two sections address how to recognize the type of change requested. Is it large and has a significant impact on the scope, or a modification to the current scope of work. Participants will learn about the stages of project development that commonly drive changes and how to understand the goals for the client.
The third and fourth sections provide specific effective processes to assure that the project scope change is clearly defined and the impact is understood within the construction lifecycle. The processes for clarifying, documenting and agreeing to changes will provide the participant with checklists to assure the risks, and operation plans meet the company and client goals.
The final two section describe the best practices to develop a change of scope proposal and incorporate the change into the contract. These steps describe the best practices to assure the impact of the change is documented, cost is trackable and how to incorporate the scope into the ongoing work flow. This section includes an interactive exercise to develop of a change to a project. This exercise will provide the participants time to assess, document, cost, and negotiate a change on a project. The participants will leave this session will a better understanding of how to organize the information, assure the cost and time impacts are considered, how to communicate the impacts of a requested change, and how to achieve their goals.
• Learn why changes occur on projects that seem to be fully designed.
• Understand the what crucial questions need to be asked to incorporate a change
• Learn how to develop a change order following the contract requirements
• Learn best practices to confirm the scope, schedule, cost, and risks associated with changes
Who should attend?: Project Managers, Superintendents, Project Engineers, Lead Forepersons, Procurement Managers, Bid Managers, and Accounting Managers.
Time: Mar 26th, 2021 | 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Designed for anyone in field supervision overseeing teams – titles might include: superintendents, foremen, general foremen, team leaders, general. superintendent. Few industries rely on effective leadership for success more than the construction industry. Superintendent control the greatest variable on a jobsite – labor. With the overwhelming number of activities on any given job, it takes resourceful superintendents to pull them all together. This presentation will be a summary level of basic 101 leadership techniques
that apply to not only construction, but especially to field supervisors. The construction industry has many opportunities to lead teams. All of us need to be self-reflective on how
we are doing and what can we do to get better. This workshop will enhance your individual skills and provide you with a handful of tools which will help you to become a more effective field supervisor.