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March 15, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT, Calgary, AB
March 16, 9:00AM - 5:00 PM MDT, Edmonton, AB

This one day course includes a discussion of change orders – why the Changes clause is necessary; the cause and identification of changes; and how to keep changes from becoming claims or disputes. The course also covers the “universe of construction claims” from the perspective of both owners and contractors. The course provides a definition of the term “claim”; how and why construction claims arise; and then discusses the eleven types of construction claims included in most contracts including –

  • Disputed Change Claims
  • Constructive Change Claims
  • Differing / Unforeseen Site Condition Claims
  • Suspension / Stop Work Claims
  • Constructive Suspension of Work Claims
  • Force Majeure Claims
  • Delay Claims
  • Acceleration Claims
  • Constructive Work Claims
  • Termination of Work Claims
  • Termination for Default Claims

The course also includes a discussion of the burden of proof necessary to recover claim damages; claim damages quantum and claim analysis; various project delivery methods and how claims and disputes may arise under any contract form; and claims and dispute resolution methods.

This seminar will help attendees:

  • Explore the interface between changes and claims;
  • Understand the burden of proof imposed on all claimants (both owners and contractors);
  • Learn the basics of all 11 types of claims;
  • Be exposed to what must be proven and documented for each type of claim;
  • Become familiar with the analysis of construction claims;
  • Learn about preparation of and/or analysis concerning claims damages; and,
  • Gain insight into ways to resolve claims.

Past Events



Feb 12 - Feb 15, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM MST, Calgary, AB
Feb 6 - Feb 9, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM MST, Edmonton, AB

Quantifying Cost Estimate Risks

You Will Learn:

  • The Objectives of Quantitative Risk Analysis: contingency or schedule delay or both
  • Ingredients as the Inputs to QRA: systemic risk identification and semi-quantification
  • Risk Workshop Facilitation: estimate variables, the process, techniques and outcomes
  • Simulation Model Building Technique: how to model inherent cost estimate risks
  • And So Much More......

Webinar: Projects, Risks and Contingency

Presentation Description:

Some major projects in the industry of energy, petrochemicals, mining and infrastructures became train wrecks. Reasons of project failures have been studied by a variety of organizations, and "lack risk management" is one of them. Project Risk management is still a new breed of sound project management despite its development in past dacade or two, refined PMBOK Chapter 11, AACEi DRMP certificate, QRA technique and the other decision supporting systems under risk conditions are all relatively anew with about 10 years of maturity. Whilst many don't really take qualitative risk assessment seriously, only hiring juniors to coordinate the efforts, the QRA process does not have a good fate either. It is not uncommonthat that contingencies are simply added to cost estimates without any QRA process, resulting in either inflated cost estimates (wasting capital) or frequent cost overruns (unrealistic budgets). Methodology of applying QRA is determined by the stage of projects and the purpose of cost estimates, no one single method is superior to the other, a composite solution to consider estimate line item specific risks, project wide systemic risks, execution schedule delay risks, escalation and rare-event driven risks (for management reserve) is worth considering and discussing. RISCORTM risk model was conceived, developed, implemented (in Suncor) and matured since 2005 having applied to 100+ capital projects in both North America and Europe, from $30M to $10Billion projects, from oil & gas to mining, from upstream to pipeline and downstream. This dynamic and stochastic project risk model integrates qualitative and quantitative risk assessment processes and generates convincing and defendable project contingency, to minimize the probability of project failures.

About John Zhao , MSc:
John has 27 years of experience in heavy construction, the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas sectors, along with involvement in municipal facilities and commercial construction. He has worked in the Middle East, Europe and North America. John graduated with a BSc. in Building Design and Management and gravitated towards project controls and risk management. He has been practicing in these areas for over 20 years during which he has developed his proprietary RISCOR stochastic simulation model to predict the impact of both project-specific and systemic risks. John is a recognized authority on the integrated application of risk methodology from early-stage project development through project execution including contracting strategy, bid evaluation and stage-gate reviews. He has taught risk management at the universities of Calgary and Mount Royal, and for AACE International and the Project Management Institute and is a regularly presenter on the topic of risk management, contracting strategy and project contingency, in the international arena. In 2008, John received an MSc. Project Management from Northumbria University, UK.

Project Risk Quantification

Practical, Realistic Methods for Contingency, Reserves and Escalation

The course starts with learning the basics of risk management (RM) and dealing with uncertainty in investment and bid decisions and project control (i.e. the context.) Fundamentals such as terminology and statistics are covered. Attendees will then learn how to elicit information about risks and use it to perform integrated, probabilistic cost and schedule risk analysis for contingency, reserves and escalation in a step-by-step manner in accordance with the text (“Project Risk Quantification”) including exercises to reinforce the lessons. The content is consistent with AACEI Recommended Practices where applicable. Quantification at different project phases is covered, including capturing historical data to improve future risk analyses. In addition, the attendees will learn about landmark empirical research, example cases, tips and rules-of-thumb and watch-outs. Attendees will also be provided with practice guidelines, tools and templates to help put the practices into action at their workplace.

How to Calculate "Management Reserve Fund"

When quantitative risk analysis is performed for project cost contingency in capital project world, discrete risks are often ignored as focuses are often on risky items with the "continuous distribution". Those independent, uncorrelated and rare-event driven risks, however, often than not are the culprits that throw the projects upside down. To compensate and to increase the probability of project success, the Management Reserve Fund hence is generated in addition to project contingency. How to properly capture the effects of those discrete risks and their impacts on projects' outcome, what methodology should be used to document and simulate these types of risks are the combination of arts and sciences. This set of presentation provides illustrations with real case studies to showcase the methods and techniques for this application.

The Future of Project Controls: An Integrated Solution

This presentation will discuss the need for an integrated approach between cost estimating and cost control, instead of treating them as isolated disciplines. Why this is important and what benefits can be held when using an integrated approach will be explained using practical examples. At the end of the presentation, it will be demonstrated how this integrated approach can be achieved with today’s technology.

Expert Panel

John Zhao
Panel Member

John McConville
Panel Member

Sandra MacGillivray
Panel Member

Nell van Walsum
Panel Member

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