Project Management 101


4–5 October 2023 • Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Wednesday, 4 October 2023

7 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast 

8 a.m. 

Introduction to Project Management
Neil Tannyan, Hatch
This module will provide an overview of project terminology, project definition and setup, project charter, stakeholder engagement, overview of stage gate approaches, communication, team development and management. Safety management plan development and project execution plan (PEP) structure will also be discussed.

9 a.m.

Scope Development and Management
Sean McCann, United States Steel Corporation
This module will cover design basis, facility structure, work breakdown structure (WBS), customer requirements, etc. Financial analysis and business case development, early scope review and options analysis will be covered.

10 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Project Controls Setup and Scope Control
Jeff Kuronen, Hatch
Developing control budget, work packages, reporting, performance measurement, forecasting and change management. The discussion will introduce engineering work packages (EWPs) and construction work packages (CWPs).


Engineering Practices
Matt Benovic, R. E. Warner
The module covers: Setup of engineering work packages (EWPs) and correlation with construction work packages (CWPs), document control, design for safety and HAZOP, testing, surveying and laser scanning, and value engineering.

12:30 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Digital Project Delivery
Doug Sinclair, Hatch
This presentation provides an introduction to BIM/7d and familiarizes attendees with the latest tools and applicability for various types of projects. Setting up a BIM execution plan will be covered. Discussion will include an overview of the use of smart 3D models from engineers to contractors, including benefits of stakeholder buy-in and types of models. The presentation will also cover the use of 3D laser scans; greenfield vs. brownfield projects; and how far to take digital project delivery.

2:15 p.m.

Integrated Project Delivery
Brandon Leslie, Barton Malow
Discussion of the mechanics of the integrated project delivery process with an emphasis on how transparency, partnership and team alignment lead to improved project outcomes (lower risk, lower cost, less litigation, better quality, better schedule.)           

3:15 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Jim Weinheimer, Middough Inc.
This session will cover various aspects for schedule development, such as types of schedules; level of detail used in schedule; software programs utilized; the level of effort required to develop schedules; and how to organize, breakdown, filter, maintain and update a schedule. The session will cover the importance of breaking down and integrating the owners, engineers, equipment and fabrication suppliers, and constructors; and commissioning, start-up and close-out activities. This session will briefly discuss other aspects of information that can be incorporated into schedules and the information that can be extracted and reported during various phases of a project.

4:45 p.m.


5–6 p.m.


Thursday, 5 Ocotober 2023

7 a.m.


8 a.m.

Risk Management
Randy Heisler, Life Cycle Engineering
New projects and construction are exciting, but also bring risk to the operation that must be identified prior to and during the project. This presentation will discuss an approach to identifying, managing and lowering operational risk.

8:30 a.m.

Quality Management
Sean McCann, United States Steel Corporation
The module covers: objectives for design life, vendor quality requirements and surveillance including quality inspections/audit and factory acceptance testing. The material will also review construction quality management.

9 a.m.

Sean McCann, United States Steel Corporation
Construction safety is significantly different from operational/maintenance safety. This module covers best practices for safety during construction, commissioning and start-up.

9:45 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Site Logistics
William Kesterson, R. E. Warner & Associates
Often overlooked is the impact of site access and materials management. This module will cover an introduction to site access and logistics considerations, materials and equipment receiving and storage, and trailer area setups.

10:45 a.m.

Progress Tracking and Earned Value During Implementation
Larry Flowers, Kiewit Energy Group​
This module will discuss procedures for reviewing and processing change orders, and cost and schedule management, in particular related to construction costs (labor and material tracking and verification).

11:30 a.m.

Change Management
Jim Weinheimer, Middough Inc.
This session will discuss the importance of change management for a project. Topics to be covered are when change management should be started; types of changes; how to identify and document changes; reviewing, approval, and resolution methods; change logs; and tracking and reporting of changes during the project



1 p.m.

Outage-Based Projects
Neil Tannyan, Hatch
Implementing outage-based projects where a significant portion of the construction occurs during a production unit shutdown is the most challenging type of project. This module will discuss outage planning and management techniques to ensure the outage duration is realistic and is achieved.

2 p.m.

Construction Techniques
Ted Vrehas, Graycor Inc.
Introduction to construction techniques and terminology: Modularization, types of piling, types of rigging, electrical, welding, shoring, embeds, anchor bolts, etc. The presentation will review various disciplines’ construction techniques at a high level.  Discussion will also involve pre-installation fabrication and modularization.

3 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Commissioning and Start-Up Planning
Ray Young, Primetals Technologies
This module will cover testing, cold and hot commissioning, and production ramp-up. It includes testing/flushing, first fills, IO checkout and cold commissioning/hot commissioning; consideration for automation upgrades using off-line testing; and gradual ramp-up vs. outage in developing the plan.

4:30 p.m.

Wrap-Up — Key Factors Successful Projects: Planning, Teamwork and Communication
Neil Tannyan, Hatch