ARTBA to Host Academies to Bolster Project Management & Scheduling Skills in March

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Thriving in today’s competitive transportation construction market means having the best team on the job and arming them with the skills they need to increase efficiency, minimize project delivery time and generate profit.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation will host this March two professional development courses—the Project Management Academy (PMA) and P6 Scheduling Academy—to help both new and experienced transportation construction industry professionals better manage their firm’s projects.

Led by industry experts, the PMA, scheduled for March 9-11, is built around an acknowledged adult learning model of instruction supported by peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.  It offers both tools and critical thinking skills in these core subjects:
Planning & Scheduling: Brigham Young University Professor Jay Newitt, author of “Construction Scheduling, Principles and Practices” and acclaimed construction management expert, will cover scheduling systems, preparation and analysis, a case study on scheduling and an explanation of Critical Path Method.
Industry Ethics: Lorraine D’Angelo of LDA Compliance Consulting, Inc., will cover core ethics laws that affect the construction industry and offer insight into how project managers can handle workplace dilemmas.
Client Relations: Steve Dewitt of Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide valuable insight into how private-sector transportation professionals can develop and cultivate positive working relationships with public officials.
Construction Documentation: Chris Anzidei, law offices of Christopher Anzidei, PLLC, will address the importance of construction documentation to several aspects of contract administration, including notice requirements for change orders, scheduling and delay provisions, bonds and liens, design claims, differing site conditions, acceleration claims, impact claims and others.
Management/Leadership & Resource Management: Dr. Rich Feyerabend, senior training
Manager at Capital One, and Dr. Jim Gelatt, the University of Maryland University College director of Interdisciplinary Studies in Management Track, will discuss how to efficiently and effectively use your organization's resources.  They will examine several leadership and management styles, including but not limited to, building consensus, conflict resolution, negotiation techniques on the jobsite,
conducting effective meetings,  managing subcontractors, employee appraisal, principles of resource control and jobsite pitfalls of resource control.
Economics of Safety: ARTBA’s Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant will outline the safety duties and responsibilities for managers, accident costs and impact, experience modification rate, insurance, compliance with healthy and safety regulations, hazard control and pre-planning, evaluating sub-contractors safety performance, behavior safety process and safety case studies.  
The March 11-13 P6® Scheduling Academy will provide in-depth instruction on Primavera Project Planner (P6®) software and other “tricks of the trade” to help efficiently track key project aspects, such as people, materials, operational benchmarks and payment schedules.  This unique program uses hands-on and effective training designed specifically to help industry professionals adapt the P6® software to their own needs.  Dr. Newitt will also guide students through the complex principles of Critical Path Method scheduling, which can help with timing and resource allocation during the delivery of complex transportation construction projects.  
There are three registration options:

  • PMA is $1,999 for ARTBA members ($2,499 for non-members); 
  • P6 Scheduling Academy is $1,700 for ARTBA members ($1,999 for non-members); or
  • Register for both and ARTBA members and non-members will pay $2,699 and $3,199, respectively.

Both academies provide attendees an opportunity to earn up to 32 Professional Development Hours.
Visit to register, or contact ARTBA’s Kashae Williams at 202.289.4434, ext. 109.