ONLINE WORKSHOP: How to Forecast a Large Construction Project — Step by Step

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: How to Forecast a Large Construction Project — Step by Step

July 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am MDT

How to Forecast a Large Construction Project — Step by Step

A valuable series of workshops for quality-driven mechanical contractors, presented by a quality-driven mechanical engineer. These workshops are presented live, in a virtual setting. Project managers learn how to systematically plan, track, and create consistent rolling forecasts. 3 workshops, 40 minutes each, once a week for 3 weeks. Together, the workshops dovetail planning and productivity toward 1 goal: concise forecasting reports.


Project Managers will cover these topics:

July 15: Planning, students dive right into a case study by reviewing the mechanical and electrical drawings and specs of a large commercial tower. We search for gaps and overlaps in scope before setting up the job. Job setup consists of 3 key components: the budget, the construction schedule, and the billing breakdown. Students learn what these three have in common and how to capitalize on their integration.

July 22: Productivity, students continue the case study and explore various types of work breakdown structures (WBS’s), and why some WBS’s are better at driving productivity than others. Starting with a labour plan, students build their own spreadsheet and learn how to track progress and calculate productivity. Various productivity scenarios are modelled including one that supports construction claims, using near real-time data.

July 29: Forecasting, students conclude the case study by reporting the outcomes at various stages of construction. Financial outcomes are reported for month 1, month 2, month 3, and so on. Basic formulas — and more advanced techniques — are used to calculate costs at completion and variances for labour, material, equipment and subcontracts. Plus we learn how delayed starts and schedule compressions affect a project’s s-curve in interesting and meaningful ways.

*All students receive 4Cast Pro, a 4-in-1 workbook that helps project managers plan, track, forecast and more.


Leo Di Croce

Leo is a professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience designing and managing mechanical construction projects in Canada. He has worked for EllisDon, Modern Niagara and other large contractors, supporting the pursuit, execution, and closeout of multiple Class-A buildings.

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July 15, 2020
10:00 am - 10:45 am MDT




Mechanical Contractor’s Association
403 250-7237
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 Employers can get up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to 10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training.