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Project Tracking to improve Labor Productivity – An Earned Value Approach

Session Type: Management
Track Number: M-2
Location: BCEC
Room: 157C
Speaker: Awad S. Hanna, Professor and Chair of the Construction Engineering and Management, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date: Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Date: Sunday, October 03, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


To successfully manage a project; electrical contractors need to know when and where the job man-hours are deviating. Earned Value Analysis (EVA) is one of the most powerful tools in the electrical contractors’ toolkit. This seminar presents the fundamentals of EVA and how it can be used to develop manpower loading charts, how to track and measure percent complete, how to predict the job outcomes when the job is just 20% complete and how to compare your performance to industry benchmarks. The seminar will also present a comprehensive job tracking system based on tracking project man-hours. A simplified and yet accurate job tracking system for small and medium size mechanical contractors will be also shown in this seminar. This seminar presents will show real-life examples of good jobs and bad jobs and will shows how you can analyze and detect “Early Warning Signs, and what is the appropriate course of action when the project is in trouble.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to accurately job percent complete at any point of time using earned value concept.
2. Lean how to numerically evaluate overall job performance
3. Benchmarking Productivity Indicators
4. Learn how to detect “Early Warning Signs” for project distress as early as 20% complete
5. Learn how to estimate your total hours at completion from your early performance data.
6. This course will demonstrate a comprehensive “Job Tracking System” for medium and large contractors and simplified tracking system for small contractors
7. What are the characteristics of “Normal Jobs” and how to detect “Trends” that may lead to Bad Jobs”


Speaker Bio:

Awad S. Hanna, Ph.D., P.E. is a professor and Chair of the Construction Engineering and Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Hanna holds M. S. and has been an active construction practitioner, educator and researcher for over 25 years. Awad was a project manager and a design engineer for 10 years. He has taught construction management courses at Penn State University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hanna, who has conducted numerous research studies for the Electrical Contracting Foundation and teaches multiple courses for NECA's Management Education Institute, is also a national consultant and has assisted many electrical contractors to recover productivity losses related to change orders, acceleration and compression delay, and trade stacking.


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