In this session, you will learn the basics of failure analysis and how to manage professional liability claims.
As consumption of resources continues to increase, creativity will be even more important to ensure longevity for future generations. The ability to generate and implement creative solutions can ultimately decide the future, especially when it comes to dealing with some of the world’s biggest challenges like failing infrastructure and global warming. As cheesy as this may sound, we need to embrace creativity as a necessary skill set and not let it fall by the wayside with other skills that were nurtured in our youth, such as imagination and curiosity.
Imagine if we all included creativity in our day-to-day activities. Wouldn’t your workday have an almost whimsical feel to it? What if we were free to let our minds explore various solutions to problems—without ridicule. This is all very possible. Just like any habit or skill in this book, it requires a shift away from the belief of “we always do things this way.” This dogma traps organizations and individuals and shackles them from producing truly extraordinary results. I challenge you to take off the proverbial blinders and look at your projects with a new zest. Look at them with fresh eyes and see what you’re missing “in plain sight.”
Learning Objectives: In this session, you will:
Building relationships is a critical component of engineering career success as well as the growth of any civil engineering firm. However, civil engineering professionals are rarely taught how to network effectively and build relationships. In this session, Civil Engineering Collective instructors will start the session with some key networking tips and examples followed by a panel of Civil Engineering Collective members who will talk about how they have had success in networking and business development in their firms.
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Whether you are part of a design team, managing a team, or building client relationships, you will be interacting more, virtually. How will you be sure to maintain high quality communications, a high level of engagement, and ultimately sound relationship?
In this session, you will learn how specific strategies that can help you support your virtual interactions, specifically:
-How to conduct or participate in remote meetings effectively,
-Simple tools that you can use to maximize these interactions and ensure they are meaningful,
-Strategies for streamlining your calls and meetings without sacrificing productivity,
-Steps to take to ensure those that you meet with leave your meetings with clear next steps, and
-How to save you and your colleagues time, by running smarter meetings.
Positive public perception and approval, is an important, yet often underrated aspect of bringing civil engineering projects to reality is . What if it was easier for your firm to gain these items for your projects? This session is intended to help you in this important aspect of the project process. Sam Lytle, P.E. a civil engineer who now focuses on making civil projects look good, full time, will focus on the following objectives.
Want to win more work for you, your team and your company? You’ve got to understand what appeals to the unique Selection Team you’re proposing to…and understand subconscious powers at play. In this training course, learn what’s really going on in a Selection Team’s brain and how to create examples in your proposals that help you stand out in a crowded field.
Manage Your Projects to Meet Your Client's Expectations - The common goal at the end of every project should be for the client and design professional to be able to look at each other and both say “Yes, that is exactly what I expected.” The range of the client's response to anything short of that outcome will at best, diminish the likelihood of future assignments from that client, and at worst, possibly result in a professional liability claim. This presentation will address the various factors that can influence a client’s expectations, while at the same time cover various tools that can improve design efficiency. Specifically, the selection-for-work process, contract terms, critical elements of every contract, avoiding construction bidding pitfalls, and managing professional liability claims, is addressed.
Regardless of your experience level, if you don’t have clear goals, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. This applies both to individuals and firms. We live in an uncertain world, yet your trajectory should be focused around your mission and goals, and the end of the year is a great time to set or reset your goals.
During this session, you will be taken through a simple goal-setting process to not only set your goals but to get to the true meaning of why certain goals are important to you. Knowing WHY you want to achieve a goal is just as important as setting goals, if not more. You’ll also be given three very specific steps to setting clear goals that you can use immediately upon completion of the session. These strategies can be utilized by individuals, teams, departments, and even firms.
Most mistakes or issues related to project management revolve around the same issues such as scope creep, projects going over budget, or projects taking longer than planned for. However, if your firm can avoid these costly pitfalls, they will save a lot of money and build an even better reputation when it comes to client satisfaction.
This session will begin with PM experts discussing some of these common pitfalls, and end with a panel of Civil Engineering Collective (CEC) members discussing how their firms have navigated these common challenges.
Lead Instructor - Ann Tomalavage, P.E., PMP, LEED AP
Ann Tomalavage has walked in the shoes of the project manager. As a civil engineer, she has worked as a project manager for over 35 years in top-level firms. She developed a solid understanding of what it takes to become a world-class project manager.
Ann is also the sole provider of in-person project management foundations training for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) nationwide. Of more than 200 ASCE professionals teaching nearly 100 civil engineering topics, Ann is consistently rated among the top four of all ASCE instructors.
When it comes to success, we don't succeed alone. We succeed together! And in order to do that effectively, it's critical that we don't just change what we do, but also change what we think and believe. That's the power of mindsets - the foundation of personal and organizational change.
We'll discuss critical aspects of mindsets, provide tools to increase self-awareness, and discuss some activities to use in team settings to improve the mindsets of everyone together. Attendees should come away with a combination of theoretical and practical ideas to use right away to improve team success.