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AACE International Certification PREP Courses

About AACE International

AACE International (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) was founded in 1956 by 59 cost estimators and cost engineers during the organizational meeting of the American Association of Cost Engineering at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. AACE International Headquarters is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.

These intensive courses prepares and equips participants towards any of the AACE Certification credential examinations including Certified Cost Professional (CCP), Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP), Earned Value Professional (EVP), Cost Estimating Professional (CEP), Decision & Risk Management Professional (DRMP) and Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC). Participants also become acquainted with key terminologies and techniques in addition to obtaining international certification, as well as achieving professional and career development. Continue reading AACE International Certification PREP Courses

From P6 to Oracle Primavera Cloud. (Product Range, Implementation Types and Why you need to Migrate to Cloud)

1. The Primavera Product Range Explained

Since the original Primavera P6 was acquired by Oracle in 2008, the product set has grown significantly and now includes multiple applications. This has come about mainly through acquisition, but also includes some newly developed software. 

The breadth of options available sometimes causes confusion for both our existing and potential clients as to which product is actually right for them, so in this article we’ve aimed to provide a helpful digest of what’s what and make the decision process that little easier.

For the purpose of this piece we have not included the Textura product sets, which shall be covered in another article. We’ve also left out Primavera Risk Analysis owing to it being gradually phased out, as its functions are fulfilled across other products in the Primavera suite. Continue reading From P6 to Oracle Primavera Cloud. (Product Range, Implementation Types and Why you need to Migrate to Cloud)

Power BI and Advanced Excel Dashboard and Data Analysis.

A. Microsoft Power BI 2019

Power BI Dashboard

Microsoft Power BI is a collection of tools and services that work together to analyze data and share useful insights about that data(Through Reports and Dashboards). With Power BI, organizations can analyze data from many different applications and share insights from that data in real time across multiple different devices. Power BI makes it easy for you to get your data from any data store, analyze it, derive new knowledge about your organization and share that knowledge easily with the other people who should know about it – whether they are internal or external to your organization. Continue reading Power BI and Advanced Excel Dashboard and Data Analysis.

Project Management for Construction Professionals with PMP Exam Prep Course.

A. Construction Extension to PMBOK Guide 2016 Edition

Lesson 1: Project perspective on the management of Construction projects from inception to completion using a life cycle approach
Lesson 2: Roles and responsibilities of professionals in the construction projects
Lesson 3: Learn the basic principles of construction project management which will allow participants to apply those principles to their particular management problems
Lesson 4: Review and synthesize the large number of different tools and techniques proposed for improving construction performances, from risk management and value management through to supply chain management, quality assurance
Lesson 5: Construction health and safety practices
Lesson 6: Construction environmental management processes
Lesson 7: Construction financial management processes, cost control, and performance evaluation and report
Lesson 8: Project claim management processes
Lesson 9: The use of information and communication technology ICT at the heart of Construction project
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My 30 Golden Rules for Creating a Realistic Project Plan in Microsoft Project

By Dominic Moss:

Over the past 20 years I have met numerous individuals who aspire to create the perfect project plan. Whilst their dedication to the cause is unquestionable their expectations are probably best described as unrealistic and that will ultimately lead to disappointment.

Perfection and fit for purpose are two subtly different things. I am not advocating carelessness or low standards but a more realistic and workable approach to project planning.

Computer based tools provide us with the means to craft sophisticated and valuable project schedules, however using a tool does not automatically ensure a perfect project plan. Back in the mid 1990’s I was issued with a portable computer that ran a project scheduling software package. This was back in the day when few people in their roles had access to a computer let alone one that could be carried with you. We would visit potential customers and proceed to produce a project plan using the computer, the output was invariably regarded as being beyond question as it was computer generated – in this day and age we are more aware of computers and appreciate that their outputs are only ever as good as our inputs.

A project schedule is an indicative guide rather than a definitive timetable. Producing a precise and 100% accurate project schedule is nigh on impossible as not everything always goes to plan and we cannot always anticipate every possible eventuality that might arise in the prosecution of a project.

However you should strive to build a realistic and workable project schedule to act as your reference point for you to manage and control your project and the following suggestions point as to how you can use Microsoft Project to provide this information.

1. Use “Project Information” to specify the Start Date for your project, for your own sanity and peace of mind stick with the default option “Schedule from Project Start Date” so that all tasks begin as “soon as possible”.

2. Use Auto Scheduled Task Mode not Manually Scheduled Task Mode.
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