Training - Bitesize/ Webinars

Diary of Events


Please feel free to share the below webinars with your colleagues/ peers/ LinkedIn


Date Time Topic Presenter Description Eventbrite Link
21st July 12:30 – 1:30

Added value – How PC information can aid informed decision making

Michelle Banner Why does Project Controls exist? How do we add value? This webinar will explain this. See resources page to view online
28th July 12:30 – 1:30

Risk Management –

Risk Awareness

Christine McLean What is a risk? Risk Management Principles, Process and application including how Monte Carlo analysis works See resources page to view online
4th August 12:30 – 1:30

What if scenario Planning

Michelle Banner What is scenario modelling? Why do we do this? Including worked examples See resources page to view online
11th August 12:30 – 1:30 EVM & Analysis

Michelle Banner/

Christine McLean

What is Earned Value management? What is needed for effective EVM? What data element do we need for effective EVM? EV Metrics – what are they? What do they mean? Including analysis of EVM See resources page to view online
18th August 12:30 – 1:30

Baseline Management & Control

Michelle Banner/

Christine McLean

What is a baseline? What information do we need to create a credible baseline? What is the process? How do you measure against the baseline? This covers both the Planning and Cost aspects of baseline management and control See resources page to view online
1st September 12:30 – 1:30 How to apply strategic management to your portfolios of projects and programmes Shane Forth Basic principles of strategic management and how to apply this to a portfolio of projects and programmes See resources page to view online
8th September 12:30 – 1:30

Commercial Awareness

Christine McLean Understanding contracts and which ones are actually the riskiest. Understanding cashflow and change control. See resources page to view online
15th September 12:30 – 1:30

Career progression in Project Controls

Michelle Banner/

Christine McLean

My Career journey, project controls career path, competency assurance, succession planning, qualifications and training, career development See resources page to view online
22nd September 12:30 – 1:30

Excellent Communication and Leadership Skills

Christine McLean What is Leadership? Skills required at different points in your career, leadership scorecard, team diversity, effective communication, understanding emotions, emotional intelligence, how to strengthen your credibility and how to Lead and empower your team through a crisis See resources page to view online
29th September 12:30 – 1:30

ACostE Membership – The Benefits

Christine McLean The benefits of membership to both individuals and employers, accreditation levels and benefits See resources page to view online

South West Region - Diary of Events

ZOOM Webinars

Please feel free to share the below webinars with your colleagues/ peers/ LinkedIn

Please register your attendance via the Eventbrite links

Date Time Title Synopsis Speaker Eventbrite Link
30th July 12:30 to 13:30 Social Distancing in the workplace New Norms: Responsible contractors and suppliers across the UK have been innovative in deploying one way systems, new cleaning regimes, split-shifts, and added supervision to get their workplaces open again.  With coronavirus here for the foreseeable, workplace outbreaks, and the threat of closures and/or future waves on every corporate risk register, the challenge is now shifting from getting your workplace active to keeping them active.  

Proving and maintaining confidence in effective viral controls must be a priority for all businesses.

Local Track & Trace - Recently launched in the UK by software and services provider RapidDBS, simple wearable technology and plug & play IoT sensors are already helping UK contractors to not only comply with government safe working guidelines but also to gain useful insights from site data as they track, audit and manage their labour and plant resources on a local private network.   

Let’s Connect - Alex and James look forward to remotely demonstrating an active site and exploring applications for better project controls. In a world where connecting remotely is the norm, we will explore how you and your teams could become better connected to reliable up to date performance data and visuals.

Consolidate - Many organisations have already begun their digital journey with biometric gate systems now common and other site sensors deployed across construction sites to monitor things like temperature, noise levels, vibration and security.  We will look at how to consolidate your data from these other sources and make it easily available in one place for your delivery teams and board rooms to stay in control.
Alex Jones and James Hunter

Alex Jones - BD Director - RapidDBS

A chartered civil engineer and project manager with 14 years digital construction experience with main contractors and suppliers.  He is passionate about integrating systems and processes to improve collaboration, quality, reduce waste and add value to organizational performance.


James Hunter -  Technical Director- RapidDBS

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in information technology and services across a range of industries from construction to engineering, manufacturing to finance, he is passionate about business improvement through the adoption of innovative technology.
About RapidDBS:
See resources page to view online
21st August 12:30 to 13:30 Pricing compensation events The first NEC contract was published 27 years ago in 1993, and one of the most significant differences between the NEC contracts and other traditional construction contracts is in the pricing of change, NEC having a single process, the “compensation event”, rather than the traditional three part process of pricing a variation, and the submission of extension of time and loss and expense claims where relevant.  
Kelvin will take delegates through the process of managing compensation events under the NEC3 and NEC4 contracts, including their notification, pricing and assessment, and in doing so will highlight some difficulties and issues that often arise, with some practical guidance on how to prevent, or resolve those issues. 
During the talk, Kelvin will also contrast the NEC approach to the traditional approach of managing change. 
Kelvin Hughes
FFAVE (Emeritus)

Kelvin has over 45 years’ experience in managing major construction contracts  20 years in senior commercial management positions with major contractors 4 years as Senior Lecturer – University of South Wales 22 years as a Contract Consultant

He has been responsible as contracts consultant for advising companies worldwide on procurement, planning/programming/delay analysis, claim and dispute resolution issues based on NEC, JCT, FIDIC, IChemE, and other contracts. 

He has been a leading authority on the NEC contracts since 1995, and has significant experience in drafting NEC contract documents, and dealing with post contract issues. 

He was Secretary and Technical Adviser to the NEC Users’ Group for 10 years, and has written several textbooks on the NEC3 & NEC4 contracts
See resources page to view online
24th September 12:30 to 13:30 Programme Management to maximise DFMA   Paul Taylor - Stantec See resources page to view online
29th October 12:30 to 13:30 Teaching mechanical engineering students about cost estimates: trials and tribulations Research-led Universities, typically, recruit students with exceptional grades in Mathematics and Physics A-Levels for their undergraduate Engineering programmes. Preparation for these tests, generally, conditions students into a mentality of "finding the correct answer" efficiently, accurately and unambiguously. The direct repercussion of this conditioning is that the students become fundamentally uncomfortable with having to discover, filter and refine messy data, understanding the notion of robustness and dealing with uncertainty; the foundations of good cost estimating. In this webinar, I want to share my experience with various cohorts of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students in two top-10 Universities in UK in challenging their preconceptions about cost estimation and cost engineering and, more fundamentally, the notion that there is a single correct answer to every problem. Aydin Nassehi - University of Bristol

Dr. Aydin Nassehi is the Head of Department and a Reader in manufacturing systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (UK). He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Production Engineers (CIRP) and the secretary for CIRP UK. He received his PhD in Innovative Manufacturing Technology in 2007 followed by an MSc with distinction in Software engineering. His research interests are in informatics and artificial intelligence in manufacturing.
See resources page to view online
26th November 12:30 to 13:30 Introduction to ICEAA's Software CEBoK   Rajagopal Sanathanan - QinetiQ See resources page to view online
10th December 12:30 to 13:30 The art of judgement Judgement is a commonly used technique when estimating.  Even if the estimators are not guessing at numbers, they will be using judgement to check the estimates they are developing.  But judgement is notoriously unreliable.  It might improve with experience but as we shall see this is not always the case. 

This presentation will show that it is possible to assess a person’s Judgement Accuracy based on a simple test that takes less than ten minutes to complete. After testing over five hundred people from two companies and comparing their test results to the accuracy of their Judgements, the test is shown to be a reliable predictor of a person’s Judgement Accuracy.  The test will classify people as Humble, Bold or Calibrated and will show the effects on judgment accuracy.  It pays to be Calibrated when using judgement, it does not pay to be Bold!
Andy Nolan - Rolls Royce
Andy  is the Chair of Project Estimating for Rolls-Royce.  Andy’s role is the development and deployment of estimating capability across the business.
See resources page to view online


North West Region - Diary of Events

ZOOM Webinars

Please feel free to share the below webinars with your colleagues/ peers/ LinkedIn

Please register your attendance via the Eventbrite links

Date Time Topic Presenter Description Eventbrite Link
2nd June  1700 to 18:30 via Zoom (Please login by 16:55 ready for the start)

BIM Update and the Digital World in Engineering

Philip Isgar of Sunbeam Management solutions Following the success of a talk Philip Isgar gave on BIM a couple of years ago, we have invited him back to give us an update on the Digital World in Engineering, how far BIM has got, and where the digital world in Engineering is going, and how we can use this more effectively in the Cost Engineering and Project Control roles. Philip has invited Andy Boutle who is Head of BIM at Kier Construction and also Engagement Co-Lead at the UK BIM Alliance to give an update on the UK BIM Framework and the ISO 19650 Standards.