Project Management from Afar

Project management from a remote location is common to some and unfamiliar to others. For those previously unfamiliar, Covid-19 has accelerated the industry’s transformation towards remote management becoming the norm. For those with experience, there is always room for improvement to both avoid pitfalls and maximize the success of the project. As our building envelopes get tighter and we aim to reduce our embodied and operational carbon footprints, our documentation, communication, and management need to keep pace to reduce risk, ensure happy clients, and enjoy the process.
Do you have an amazing potential project...1000 miles away? Can you manage, let alone design, without setting foot on site? Does a project need to reduce overhead in order to make the fee proposal successful? Is there a client who doesn’t want to pay for CA? How do you manage expectations “digitally”? Are there tricks for avoiding problems before they materialize?  The panelists will speak about techniques and lessons learned from all phases of the design and construction process on a range of projects from single family Passive Houses to international skyscrapers. If you play an active role in managing a project, regardless of your sector within the industry, this session is for you!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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AIA 1.5 LU
Mass. CSL 1.5 hours Business Practice
4.5 credit-hour packets available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why it is critical to be able to successfully execute project management from a remote location. Between technological innovation in the construction industry, venture capital disruptors, Covid-19's societal transformation, and the need to reduce our carbon footprint, remote project management will continue to play an ever-larger role in our work.
  • Reduce risk for the project as a whole, meaning both less personal risk and less risk for the client, ultimately improving the experience for all team members.
  • Learn the various leverage points to ensure compliance and/or design intent throughout a project, from project setup and early design through construction. Design and presentation tools for showing design concepts remotely / digitally, construction document clarity and organization, verbal and digital communication, translating standards and methods from one jurisdiction to another, forecasting, feedback loops, online management platforms, CA Plans, local team members, certification requirements, and current and upcoming technology.
  • Evaluate what clients or other team members understand about the design and CA process, how to educate the client about the process, how to convey the standard of care for a successful project, and how to build consensus, set expectations and manage accountability to improve cooperation and satisfaction among all team members.

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