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Shohreh Ghorbani is an internationally recognized program developer and instructor in the field of Project Controls. As the founder and director of Project Control Academy, the #1 provider of comprehensive and practical trainings in project controls and earned value management, Shohreh has served thousands of professionals to take their project controls skills to the next level. With her impressive track record in teaching and years of hands-on experience on a wide range of project control technical areas in various industries, clients have acknowledged Shohreh as a subject matter expert and passionate trainer who transfers the knowledge of project controls in a simple and understandable manner. Shohreh is a licensed project management professional (PMP) recognized by Project Management Institute (PMI) and a professional member of American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE). She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.

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Nov'16

What is Negative Float and How to Deal With It in Primavera P6?

We all have learned a lot about calculating Total Float and Critical Path in a network diagram and have seen zero total floats for critical activities or positive floats for non-critical ones. In real projects, we will encounter with negative floats in a schedule network diagram. Have you ever wondered what causes the negative floats in a schedule? In this blog post, I’m going to show you how you can identify and manage the negative floats in your schedule. In Primavera P6 there are two main reasons for existence of negative float: Project finish date is later than our defined …

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Oct'16

The Winner of Project Control Article Writing Contest

Project Control Academy held its first “Project Control Article Writing Contest” in Q2 2016 and invited all Project Control Professionals from all over the world to participate in the contest. The primary reason for conducting this contest was encouraging Project Control experts to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with other professionals. We had a small but diverse group who participated in the contest. We had candidates from Canada, USA, Australia, and Nigeria, whose articles were approved for the contest. We published their articles on our websites; www.ProjectControlAcademy.com and www.ProjectControlTraining.com as well as on our social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ It …

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Jun'16

The Vital Skill Each Cost Estimator Should Master in Cost Estimating

Throughout my 30+ years in the construction industry, many of those in the cost estimating field, I met great estimators as well as estimators who lack the confidence to say: Yes, I calculated this cost, this is how I did it, and this is the benchmark data to prove it. My curiosity was always to why some otherwise experienced cost estimators ,when faced with the dilemma of documenting a price, were lacking the confidence to explain the calculated costs fully. What I found is somehow surprising: Some cost estimators did not build a solid foundation on detailed cost estimating, more …

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Jun'16

Project planning puts you in control

Every objective, intention, idea, project, task or whatever is expected in a future time (minutes, hours, days, months or years later) to be realized, starts with proper project planning, implementation, referencing-the-plan and taking corrective actions to realize the intended objective. Project Planning and Execution Project planning involves clarifying an objective (project, idea, concept etc.) by proper documentation of characteristics, requirements, dimensions, duration estimates, cost estimates, timelines and resources to an acceptable extent for reference purposes. The plan is an outcome of the project planning process and it becomes a reference point while executing. Without the plan, control is arbitrary. The …

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Jun'16

The Power of Project Control

What is Project Controls? To define the subject, Project Control, I would like to start by defining the two words “project” and “control” in isolation and then try to make sense of them combined. Now, according to PMI’s PMBOK Guide 5th Edition, “project” is defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. Examples of projects are as follows: Design, procurement and construction of an ultra-modern conference complex Construction of a 580 mmscf capacity gas processing facility Upgrade of an existing flour mill conveyor system Development of a new product line to meet demand Deployment …

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Jun'16

Understanding and balancing project constraints, a key to project success

As usual, in the cool of the evening after a hard day job, if I was able to make it home early from work, I would take a stroll or go cycling around my estate to burn some calories and sometimes, fraternize with neighbors and security guards. I do this to understand if anything has changed since last time I inquired about the neighborhood. It is my way of gauging the pulse of the area, perception of security, residents’ support for proposed projects by the estate association, and general changes and information you would not get unless you mingled. On …

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Jun'16

The Beginning of a 4D Journey

Over the past few months I’ve been working with our building team as it takes it’s 1st steps into the world of 4D scheduling. If you’re reading this, you probably agree with me that this is the way of the future. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, 4D scheduling is the bringing together of a 3D model & a project schedule. In simplistic terms, activity bars on a Gantt chart are linked to corresponding elements of a 3D model (including plant & equipment) using additional software. The sequence can be played back to simulate the planned construction. In …

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Jun'16

No Matter Where You Started in Project Controls, Keep Going

There are many ways to skin a cat, and there are even more ways to build a house. Although many seasoned pros in the construction industry may prefer that a budding planners & schedulers have a background in engineering or construction, we all know that often this is not the case. Many get a start in construction in project controls and scheduling, not having worked in any discipline in the field and out at sites. If this is you, then congrats – you’re in – but don’t stop there. And if you’ve aspirations of heading up a construction project controls …

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Jun'16

What Makes a Great Conceptual Cost Estimate?

Years back, my boss used to say “You will know whether your estimate is accurate or not, only after the project is finished”. This is so true. Estimating is not an exact science and by definition, the estimated number is only a predicted outcome. Conceptual estimates start with the feasibility or order of magnitude estimate and then progress to schematic, design development and construction document stages. The design development phase is dynamic and at every stage, the owner has to feel comfortable that the design is within the budget and if it varies has to be convinced by the design …

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May'16

How to Add Massive Value in Project Controls?

Have you ever wondered how you can have more exposure & credibility in the area of your expertise? How to be recognized as a subject matter expert (SME)? Wouldn’t it be nice to actually add value to the world? Tough questions, I know. But I firmly believe that you can add value to the world. Let me get personal and share my own story on how I found answer to these questions: Throughout my career in Project Controls, I was struggling to find ways to add tremendous value to my projects, organization, and people around me. All I could do …

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Apr'16

The Fortuneteller of a Project

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fortuneteller in projects? A fortuneteller who could predict what is going to happen in the project at any moment in the future? Someone who could tell you how much more money and time you require to finish the journey of a project? Can you guess who might be the project’s fortuneteller? …… The answer is…. A Project Controller! Wait a second…. Project Controller?!!!… Who on earth a Project Controller is? I am not surprised if you ask this question… In fact, as a Project Control professional and trainer, I’ve been asked this question …

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Mar'16

5 Tips for Project Controls Job Hunting Success

“ I have applied for any job posting you can imagine, but no success…” “Things are pretty grim, the oil and gas industry has been further down and more people have lost jobs including myself, it’s tough…” “ I was let go from the company in the latest round of layoffs last week…” “ We are going through recession where my options became limited…” Sounds familiar? Every month I hear from an old colleague that he/she has lost their job! Trust me hearing such news completely blows my mind. And believe me, it wasn’t always like this. The oil & …

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Feb'16

The Best Project Controls Conferences

What project controls conferences have you attended? Which one was the best? Was it the best because it created a significant positive impact on you? I still clearly remember the first couple of conferences, which had a tremendous impact on my professional and even personal life. One of the first best conferences I have ever attended was a PMI Northern Alberta Chapter annual conference. I cannot recall when I attended that conference, but I can vividly remember the fantastic keynote speeches I listened to and several technical presentations I attended. That conference had a huge positive influence on my career …

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Nov'15

Project Control Academy Approved as Registered Education Provider by Project Management Institute

Houston, Texas, USA, Sep 23rd, 2015 – Project Control Academy today announces that the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s largest project management member association, has named it as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) effective Sep 11th, 2015. R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials. These organizations have met PMI’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design. Project managers are increasingly turning to R.E.P.s for certification training and maintenance, especially since global median …

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Sep'15

What Is Project Controls?

Project Controls is that element of a project that keeps it on-track, on-time and within budget. Now let’s take a look at the role of project controls in successfully managing your projects. Project controls provides accurate and timely information to project management team that will enable them to make informed decisions and take necessary actions to correct any possible adverse situations or trends. Project Controls also advises the client of the true status of the project. Nowadays, with the evolution of project management, the need for an effective project control system is more evident. Many companies are still following the …

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May'14

Kentz Selects Projects Controls Academy for Project Control Training Solutions

Project Control Academy, a leader in providing world class training solutions and consulting services in the field of Project Controls, is pleased to announce that Kentz has selected Project Control Academy as their global provider of Project Control training solutions. As the first step, Applied Project Controls Video Training Program will be rolled out to train Kentz employees on the essentials of Project Controls. Several new trainings will be developed over the next three years to support Kentz employees develop their skills in the fields of Project Controls, Project Management, and Leadership. “Project Controls is an integral part of Project …

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